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Monday, March 05, 2018

Philippine Government Urges OFWs To Avoid Working In Saudi And Qatar

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) through an administrative order, to undertake a supply-demand profiling and skills-job matching of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
“We will review the conditions of our overseas workers in other countries, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jeddah, and other parts of the Middle East. Kailangan i-review naming ‘yan. In fact, we will be seeking a revisiting of the existing bilateral agreements with these countries. We want these agreements to provide maximum and optimum protection to our OFWs,” he said.
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DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) through an administrative order, to undertake a supply-demand profiling and skills-job matching of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  “We will review the conditions of our overseas workers in other countries, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Jeddah, and other parts of the Middle East. Kailangan i-review naming ‘yan. In fact, we will be seeking a revisiting of the existing bilateral agreements with these countries. We want these agreements to provide maximum and optimum protection to our OFWs,” he said.  Advertisement      Sponsored Links  The Philippine government is encouraging thousands of overseas foreign workers (OFWs), who lost their jobs or were displaced by events unfolding in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to seek opportunities elsewhere.  According to Silvestre Bello III, Philippine Labour Secretary, the government is working on convincing Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar “to return home or be employed elsewhere overseas.”  Earlier on Thursday, Bello said that the Philippines may be forced to restrict Filipinos from getting jobs, particularly employment as maids, in certain Middle East countries if abuses against them persist.  Bello said the government is contemplating the possibility of a deployment ban of Filipino maids and other workers in Saudi Arabia if the kingdom can “not impose stronger protective mechanisms to ensure the safety and welfare of our workers there.”  As for Qatar, Filipino workers there are also under pressure due to the diplomatic row between Doha and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries.   “This is what the Labour Department intends to do [entice Filipinos in Qatar and Saudi Arabia to return to the Philippines] with the establishment of a Job Fair Task Force that will conduct a special job fair and skills profiling of OFWs [Overseas Filipino Workers] based in these two countries,” Bello said.   In an administrative order, Bello directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) to undertake a supply-demand profiling and skills-job matching of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.   Saudi Arabia is a top destination for OFWs, employing more than a million Filipino skilled workers and professionals as well as house maids.  Bello said that OFWs that require further upgrading of skills according to the requirements of participating employers will be referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for training prior to their deployment — whether locally or overseas.  This report comes on the heels of a steady stream of repatriations of Filipino workers from Kuwait. Every week, hundreds of workers from that country arrive in the Philippines after awaiting months of working on their repatriation papers.  The Philippines had also prohibited its workers, specifically those on “new contract”, from leaving for jobs in Kuwait following reports over the death of Joanna Demafelis, a Filipino housemaid whose remains were found stored inside a freezer at the home of her former employers. The suspects — a married couple — are both non-Kuwaiti Arab nationals.  Read More:  Beware Of  Fake Online Registration System Which Collects $10 From OFWs— POEA  Is It True, Duterte Might Expand Overseas Workers Deployment Ban To Countries With Many Cases of Abuse?  Do You Agree With The Proposed Filipino Deployment Ban To Abusive Host Countries?  ©2018 THOUGHTSKOTO  www.jbsolis.com
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The Philippine government is encouraging thousands of overseas foreign workers (OFWs), who lost their jobs or were displaced by events unfolding in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, not to go back to the Middle East but instead,seek opportunities in other countries.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the government is working on persuading Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia and Qatar “to return home or be employed elsewhere overseas.”


 According to Bello, if abuses against the OFWs goes on, the Philippines may be forced to restrict Filipinos from getting jobs, particularly employment as household service workers, in certain Middle East countries.

Bello also said the government is considering the possibility of a deployment ban of Filipino HSWs and other workers in Saudi Arabia if they fail to  “... impose stronger protective mechanisms to ensure the safety and welfare of our workers there.”

Meanwhile Filipino workers in Qatar are also under pressure due to the diplomatic row between Doha and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries.


According to Bello, OFWs that require further upgrading of skills   as the participating employers require will be referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to undergo training prior to their deployment in the Philippines or abroad.

The Philippines has imposed a ban for OFWs specifically those on “new contract”to be deployed in Kuwait following reports over the death of Joanna Demafelis, a Filipino housemaid who was murdered by her Lebanese and Syrian former employers and placed her remains a freezer in a n abandoned flat in Kuwait.

©2018 THOUGHTSKOTO