Saudi: Talks underway to bring in house workers from Philippines
Saad Al-Hammad, spokesman of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD), said that negotiations are still ongoing with the Philippines to resume hiring domestic workers from that country. In an interview with Al-Arabiya channel via Skype, he disclosed that the ministry is targeting new countries from Asia and Africa for the recruitment of house workers over the coming period.
Al-Hammad also hinted at the ministry’s focus on hiring domestic help mainly from the Philippines and Thailand. It is noteworthy that the Council of Ministers earlier approved two agreements for hiring domestic workers from Thailand. The Cabinet approved the agreements in the fields of domestic labor and employment between the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Labor in Thailand.
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Nearly two weeks ago, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. revealed that the country plans to pursue talks with Saudi Arabia with regard to resumption of sending Filipino workers to the Kingdom before lifting Manila’s ban in this respect. In his first State of the Nation Address on July 25 after assuming presidency, he said the government plans to negotiate with the Kingdom on terms such as providing employees a decent wage and ensuring that their rights and welfare would be protected.
Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople will be flying to Saudi Arabia in the next months to ensure that there will be enough forces to ensure that the deployment of Filipino workers to Saudi Arabia will resume and to pursue Manila’s campaign against human trafficking.