Over 100,000 Filipinos are looking forward to working as house service workers (HSWs) in the United Arab Emirates, with deployment to resume for the first time since its suspension in 2014.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an agreement was decided upon after a two-day joint session in Manila, to continue deployment by the end of the month.
A new, unified employment contract will also be implemented in order to protect Filipino HSWs, said Philippine delegation head Undersecretary Claro Arellano.
The unified contract stipulates that employers, as well as both foreign and local recruitment agencies, will be bound by the same liabilities should anything happen to their Filipino HSW.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has mentioned that workers want to be deployed in the UAE for better compensation and fair treatment.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) estimates that there are 2.2 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), with 13.2% of that population having worked there during the survey period in 2019.