Saudi Arabia Still The Top Destination for OFW

Posted by | January 8, 2013 | News

POEA- Saudi Arabia Still the top destination for OFW

Despite POE temporary ban on sending Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Philippines to Saudi Arabia, the oil rich country still remained as the top or predominant destination for Overseas Filipino workers for the current year 2012.

According to Mr. Hans Leo Cacdac of POEA, around 1.3 Million out of more than 1.46 million deployed OFW from January to November this year were sent to work in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Continues increased in number of OFW working in Middle East in the next three years is also expected by POEA.

Singapore, United Arab Emirates, , Hong Kong, Qatar are the others top favorite destinations for OFW aside from Saudi Arabia.

75 percent of total deploymet on 2012 were from land-based workers and remaining were accounted for by sea-based worker, according to Cacdac.

According to Cacdac, government continue to seek agreements with other hosting government to protect our OFW’s, especially domestic helpers, rights and welfare while abroad. This year, Philippine government already signed 17 labor related agreements with other governments hosting Filipino Workers, such in Kuwait, Jordan &  Lebanon.

Host countries that are hiring Filipino domestic workers are required to adhere to the Philippines’ reform policy that guarantees Overseas Filipino Workers the protection on their rights and welfare.

Last year, July 2011, Philippines imposed a much strict requirements for employers getting OFW service which includes a guarantee $400 minimum monthly salary and provision of employer’s background information and residence which results to the decision of Saudi Arabia to temporarily stopped hiring new domestic workers from Philippines. This temporary ban was lifted by the Kingdom on the second half of 2012 after a Standard Employment Contract Agreement was signed by Philippines and Saudi Government.

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