Lifting of Domestic Helper Deployment Ban to UAE Not Imminent

Contrary to emerging reports that the Philippines will resume verification of papers for Filipino household workers deployed for the United Arab Emirates, Philippine consul-general Paul Raymund Cortes confirmed that this has been put on hold until the issue on minimum wage for maids is resolved.

“Until it is resolved, it’s status quo, meaning we cannot verify individual employment contracts of maids,” Cortes said on Wednesday in a report by Khaleej Times.

Likewise, Indonesian consul Rijal Al Huda also told the news agency that he do not see the lifting of the ban “anytime soon.”

“The non-deployment policy is still being enforced as decreed by the Indonesian labour minister of stopping the sending of Indonesian maids abroad,” Al Huda said.

“Those who are already working can still continue their work but as we’ve imposed, we stopped issuing passports to our citizens who would like to work as maids since January 1 this year.”

Al Huda added: “We are still not considering lifting the ban – there has been several steps taken to address the issue but in terms of implementing the mechanism to protect our workers, we still have a lot of homework to do.”