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Wed 13 Jan 2010 07:40 AM

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More protection looms for Filipino workers in Qatar

New agreement set to be signed as Filipino population set to soar by 25%.

A new agreement between Philippines and Qatar is in the works as the Gulf state expects to see its Filipino population increase by 25 percent this year, it was reported on Wednesday.

Philippine Ambassador to Qatar, Crescente Relacion , said the deal seeks additional protection measures for Filipino workers in Qatar and comes in wake of the arrest of Filipino national Jason Aguilar by Doha police.

Aguilar, working in Qatar as a welder, was arrested in December 31 after being mistaken for Manila-wanted man Jason Aguilar Ivler who was included in the Interpol Red Notice.

Ambassador Relacion told Qatar Tribune that his office only got to know about the arrest through media but the new agreement proposed by his office would require Qatar to inform the Philippine embassy about arrest and deportation of Filipino nationals.

“The agreement will strengthen Qatar-Philippines ties especially in handling such labour concerns,” Relacion told the paper.

The ambassador added that according to the Ministry of Interior Affairs projections the population of Filipinos in Doha is likely to swell to 250,000 from the current 200,000 due to the additional visas granted by the Qatari government.

“This is an indication of the fact that the Qatari government is willing to hire more Filipino workers...The embassy will do its part in protecting this growing number of Filipino nationals in Qatar."

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Cholo Jopson 10 years ago

The ho-humm handling of the case of Jason Aguilar Ivler, the killer who, to-date remains scotfree reflects the impotent 'intelligence' of the both the police and the military back in Manila. Again, its another expat worker, who has begun to suffer the trauma of their incompentence. And what about the hopes and opportunities lost by the expat worker?