Saudi Arabia will import domestic help from other Asian and African countries too
RIYADH — Saad Al-Hammad, reports ongoing negotiations with the Philippines to resume hiring domestic workers from the country.
In a Skype interview with the Al-Arabiya channel, Al-Hammad disclosed that the ministry is also looking at other Asian and African countries to recruit house workers in the future.
Saad Al-Hammad, is the spokesman of MHRSD, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.
Al-Hammad also indicated that the ministry is currently focused on hiring domestic help from the Philippines and Thailand.
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Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers earlier approved two agreements for hiring domestic workers from Thailand.
The Cabinet approved domestic labor and employment agreements between the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development in Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Labor in Thailand.
Al-Hammad stressed that the ministry is working to diversify the countries sending domestic workers abroad.
“The customer can choose domestic workers from more than 14 countries through the Musaned platform for the recruitment of domestic workers,” he added.
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced plans to pursue talks with Saudi Arabia to resume sending Filipino workers to the Kingdom.
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The Philippines has stopped its domestic worker from going to Saudi Arabia. On July 25, after assuming the presidency, he said his government plans to negotiate employment terms with the Kingdom.
Terms that provide the employees a better wage and ensure workers’ rights and welfare are protected.
Susan Ople, Philippines Migrant Workers Secretary, will visit Saudi Arabia soon. Her visit is to ensure that the deployment of Filipino workers to Saudi Arabia will resume per Manila’s campaign against human trafficking.
Earlier, Ople said she wanted to iron out the guidelines first. Guidelines on employment safety before lifting the deployment ban.
DOLE, the Department of Labor and Employment Philippines, temporarily suspended employment contract verification.
It stopped the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) after allegedly thousands of workers were left with unpaid back wages with construction agencies.
In December 2021, the Ministry of Human Resources Musaned portal suspended requests for visas for Filipino domestic workers.
This stoppage was in retaliation to the Philippines Ministry of Labor’s decision to stop sending its domestic workers to Saudi Arabia temporarily.