Filipino Domestic Worker Ban Set to Be Lifted As New UAE Agreement Signed

The ban on hiring Filipino domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates could soon be lifted as the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates signed a memorandum of understanding on mutual cooperation relating to employment of Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf nation, a report by Gulf News said.

The agreement highlights the eagerness of both nations to bolster cooperation in the labor sector and facilitate transparency in the process of recruitment and deployment of domestic workers in accordance with the laws of both the Philippines and the UAE.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation Saqr Ghobash signed the memorandum in Abu Dhabi Tuesday.

Recruitment of Filipino domestic workers will commence once all the necessary procedures are taken for facilitating the recruitment process.

“The MoU is a result of many consultations held between the two countries, which began when the UAE Cabinet tasked the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation with overseeing the domestic workers sector in the country,” said Ghobash.

“The ministry contacted its counterparts in countries from which the UAE has a huge demand for domestic workers, and among them was the Philippines. The goal was to conduct consultations and reach an understanding on the employment of domestic workers from the aforementioned countries, which opens up new markets for attracting domestic workers,” he added.

Bello said that the memorandum enhances the partnership between the UAE and Philippines in the field of labour and Filipino workers, as well as improving the management of the contractual period between employers and migrant workers.

The memorandum of agreement includes a number of procedures in the contractual process, with employment process of domestic workers being subjected to a UAE model contract. The recruitment office is tasked with sending the job offer to the employee in their home country and listing the obligations of the labour contract. The contract will be signed by the employer and employee upon the arrival of the latter to the country.

Only licensed recruiters registered with the government will be able to offer recruitment and employment applications for domestic workers. Awareness and guidance programmes will also be organised for the employer, and the employee prior to leaving the Philippines. The programmes will inform contractual parties about their rights and obligations towards each other.