Labor Secretary Arturo Brion and his UAE counterpart Dr. Ali Bin Al-Kaabi had just recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further improve the welfare and protection of overseas Filipino workers in the emirates.
Why not doing it in KSA?
Diplomatic initiative for the welfare and protection of OFWs should be given priority by our Philippine Mission abroad, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in particular. It could be done if our POLO offices will aggressively pursue active negotiations with the host country to strengthen the welfare mechanisms for the protection of our workers rights.
These could perhaps lessen or maybe eliminate the issue of Contract Substitution in KSA.
DOLE Secretary Arturo Brion should act on it before his reign will expire and be transferred as Associate Justice of Supreme Court in a day’s time. Isang hindi makalimutang pamana ang dapat iwanan ng isang magiting na Kalihim ng Paggawa sa manggagawang Pinoy sa Saudi Arabia.
In an email message received from POLO Riyadh Welfare Officer Bo Mercado in reply to our inquiry on the latest developments in UAE, he said “As for the latest developments on the KSA front regarding the employment of OFWs, we are discussing these, in fact, we were at the office during the holidays meeting with other POLOs. We will provide you with updates as soon as any becomes available”.
Abangan po namin ito Sir! Kami po ay umaasa.