ABS-CBNnews.com | 11/13/2012 12:53 PM
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said foreign recruitment agencies based in Dubai have pledged to implement the Philippines' household reform package that grants more protection to Filipino maids.
“I am happy to note that the new SEC (Standard Employment Contract) for HSWs (Household Service Workers) to be deployed to Saudi Arabia has motivated other Middle East countries to follow suit and also formulate their own modes of giving our HSWs the kind of protection they truly deserve," said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
The reform package includes paying Filipino maids a minimum of $400 a month or at least P16,000 and non-charging of excessive fees..
Dubai's move follows Saudi Arabia's which earlier yielded to the Philippine government's demand to grant those reforms.
Meanwhile, Labor Attache Delmer Cruz added that the important provision of the joint statement of commitment is with regards to the perennial problem of repatriation.
“I am happy to report to the Secretary that the Philippine LRAs (Licensed Recruitment Agencies) and the Dubai FPas (Foreign Placement Agencies) have agreed to solve the problem once and for all. Together, they will facilitate the repatriation of distressed workers they deploy and cooperate fully with proper authorities in doing so," said Cruz.
Cruz also said that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office will strictly monitor compliance of the parties to their joint statement of commitment.