PH seeks pact with UAE to protect household workers
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) seeking an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a unified contract for HSWs, patterned after a deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
"The Philippines will be waiting for a note verbale from the UAE government when it is ready anytime in November to sit down and draft a unified HSW contract. If it pushes through as agreed by both parties, it will become the second such accord in the Philippines," Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said.
Baldoz met with UAE Labor Minister Saqr Saeed Ghobash and with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi last September 29 to 30.
The unified contract will afford protection for the HSWs in terms of working conditions, working hours and days, rest and recreation, salaries, and proper treatment, among others.
The unified contract is also aimed at putting a stop to contract switching and alteration.
Also Baldoz ordered Labor Attaches to immediately report to the department within 48 hours any complaints of HSW maltreatment, file a case against their Philippines-based recruitment agencies, and compel them to buy tickets so the HSW can return home, as soon as possible.
POLOs should also immediately cancel accreditation of foreign placement agencies who deployed HSWs who were maltreated, rape, battered, and whose contracts were violated.
"If they cannot obey our laws, we stop their business," Baldoz said.