PH, Saudi OK pact on recruitment of domestic workers

Posted at 03/19/13 1:10 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Government and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have finalized the draft agreement on Domestic Worker Recruitment last March 17 in Riyadh.

This was the result of amicable discussions between the Philippines-Saudi Arabia Joint Technical Working Group (TWG) held at the Ministry of Labor (MOL) in Riyadh.

“With the Standard Domestic Worker Employment Contract being agreed upon last year by the Philippines and Saudi Arabia and now with the draft agreement on domestic worker recruitment being finalized, we expect not only the enhancement of the protection of the rights and the promotion of the welfare of our domestic workers in Saudi Arabia but also the strengthening of the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the Kingdom,” said Ambassador Ezzedin Tago.

The proposed agreement aims to enhance Philippine-Saudi cooperation on the recruitment of Filipino domestic workers, and seeks to protect the rights of both the worker and the employer and regulate the contractual relations between them.

Te Philippine side was led by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Danilo Cruz, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Josefino Torres, and Department of Foreign Affairs Executive Director for Middle East and Africa Mr. Nathaniel Imperial.

Tago, with Vice Consul Paulo Saret and Labor Attachés Adam Musa and Alejandro Padaen joined the Philippine delegation during the talks.

The Saudi side included the Ministry of Labor Director General for Bilateral Affairs Waleed Orainan, and Mohammad Al Toraibi and Mohammad Al Sharka.

Cruz, head of the Philippine TWG, initialed on behalf of the Philippines, while Saudi Ministry of Labor Deputy Minister for International Affairs Dr. Ahmed Al-Fahaid, head of the Saudi TWG, initialed for Saudi Arabia.

Both parties agreed to take necessary steps toward the immediate approval and signing of the Agreement by Philippine Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Saudi Minister of Labor Engr. Adel Fakieh.

The draft agreement also prescribes the regulation and/or control of the domestic recruitment costs in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, grants to the parties the right of recourse to competent authorities in case of contractual disputes and provides for legal measures against recruitment entities for violation of applicable laws, rules and regulations.