Lifting of ban on DH, a gesture of goodwill

Posted at 09/27/2012 12:52 PM | Updated as of 09/27/2012 10:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The recent move of the Saudi Arabian government to lift the ban on hiring of Filipino domestic helpers effective October 1 was lauded by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Aside from lifting the ban, Binay also cited the Saudi Arabian government’s decision to increase the mandated salary of household service workers “as further proof of a shared commitment to protect the welfare of Filipino migrant workers in the Kingdom”.

“These gestures of goodwill are affirmations of the strong relations between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia,” Binay said in a press statement.

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Manila said its government has finally agreed to granting the Philippines' demand for a minimum monthly wage of US$400 and more protection for Filipino maids.

Binay also stressed that the Saudi Government continue to extend to the Philippines all the needed assistance to protect Filipino workers.

“In my past visits, we made representations to the authorities for the repatriation of thousands of stranded kababayans, and our request was accommodated,” he said.

The ban has been in place since July last year as Saudi Arabia refused to grant those concessions.