UAE, Kuwait, Qatar face ban on Filipino maids

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Filipino workers queue for applications at a job fair hiring for overseas roles

Filipino workers queue for applications at a job fair hiring for overseas roles

The Philippines government could soon issue a ban on the deployment of domestic workers to three Gulf countries because it says it cannot guarantee their protection.

According to media reports from Manila on Friday, the deployment of household service workers (HSW) to Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar could grind to a halt after the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) recommended a ban.

Filipino maids are currently subject to a separate ban from Saudi Arabia after the kingdom said it was seeking new sources for foreign workers.

The Department of Labour and Employment said it had made the recommendation after the three countries failed to comply with Republic Act 10022 or the Amended Migrant and Overseas Filipino Workers Act of 1995, Manila newspapers reported.

According to Section 3, the Philippines will allow deployment only if the host country has "existing labour and social laws protecting the rights of workers".

Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz was quoted as saying on Thursday said that there was such a recommendation from the DFA but that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has yet to make a decision.

Approval of the DFA recommendation would likely result in a 50 percent decline of Filipino HSWs deployment in the next few months, Philippines media said.

Household service workers make up a big portion of the eight to 11 million Filipinos working overseas.

In 2010 alone, the total deployment of HSWs reached 96,583, with Hong Kong as the top destination. Kuwait ranked second with 21,554 Filipino domestic workers followed by UAE with 13,184, and Qatar fifth with 9,937, according to an industry source.

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labour last month denied media reports that it was set to life a ban on recruiting domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia.

Despite reports indicating that a compromise deal had been struck, a ministry spokesman told state news agency SPA that the suspension was still in place.

Saudi Arabia said in June it had decided to stop issuing work visas to bring domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Posted by: lueeze

DFA should ban AGENCIES that are not protecting DH and that are not providing good employer, especially Middle East.

Posted by: Marcos

Filipinos are best in whatever they do, be it boxing or engineers or nurses. Its a known fact that all companies prefer Filipino workers now for their smart attitude and hard work. Our English is also the best when compared to other nationalities

Posted by: dericks

Good news that the philippine government ban to send housemaid in Kuwait.The fact that they are not treated well to the filipino housemaid and other nationalities .Hope other asian Goverment will do the same.

Posted by: annie

good move philippines..

Posted by: Imaro

It seems every day new laws are issued to save this or that.
I really respect that, but I'm afraid that what will really happen is people will move to less stringent nationalities. I would like to employ a filipina (I've heard they are good with children) but can't afford the cost currently. Too many rules might actually come to bite the filipinos back more than people in the gulf. I would like to know how much mistreatment is really here in the gulf. Why don't they compare with their own country?

Posted by: The Consultant

Imaro,

Are you suggesting that the acceptable standard of treatment of expatriates living in GCC countries should vary according to a subjective view of the conditions that person might be living under in their home country? Let's hope not, as you could make arbitary generalisations about pretty much any country in the world to justify that kind of behaviour.

As for abuse, it is quite common (although probably not common enough to justify banning EVERY maid from coming here). In my own little supposedly "exclusive" corner of Dubai, ostensibly inhabited by educated professional types there are frequent issues with maids being physically maltreated, being denied days off or annual leave etc. The really scary thing is that some employers will treat their staff like dirt, and then leave their children in the care of the person they have just abused, and wonder why the children are unhappy or not developing properly....

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