Aside from Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other countries, the United Arab Emirates is one of the destinations for Filipino household service workers. Unfortunately, this sector is often vulnerable to abuse and maltreatment. Cases of abuse are rampant in the Middle Eastern countries including UAE. Household workers with no day-offs, salary not being given on time, inadequate food and shelter, physical abuse and others. There are approximately 100,000 household service workers in UAE and they needed protection.
The UAE and the Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding on mutual cooperation in the recruitment and employment of domestic workers in the UAE. The memorandum was signed in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday by Saqr Ghobash, the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation for the UAE, and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
According to UAE Human Resource Minister Saqr Ghobash, “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.”
What is the significance of this MOU to the OFW household workers? How can the HSWs benefit from this so-called enhanced relationship between the two countries?