Upon hearing and reading news about Overseas Filipino Workers maltreated and abused by their employers in Saudi Arabia, several people are now calling out the government. After the strict imposing of the employment ban in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia may be the next country to experience the barring from hiring OFWs.
Possible Deployment Ban
During an interview, Department of Labor and Development Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that the government will not hesitate to ban the deployment of Pinoy workers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia if the Saudi government fails to stop the practices of employers selling their domestic workers to other Arab families.
According to the Labor secretary, it’s his first time to hear reports on trading of foreign domestic workers, depending on who the highest bidder is.
It is a common malpractice of Arab employers of transferring their Filipino workers to another employer and I am sure it is always for a consideration.
We will impose the same restriction even in Saudi because the minimum demand of the President is that we will deploy only in countries where our workers are properly and effectively protected.
A Team to Check the Conditions of OFWs
A team of Philippine labor officials is now visiting several countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, to check the conditions of the Filipino workers there. This team will also make the recommendation to ensure that our OFWs are in their best working conditions. Other than the possibility of banning the deployment of OFWs, the government may also seek revision of the existing bilateral agreements to provide more protection for our OFWs.