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DFA facilitates repatriation of 51 distressed Filipinos from UAE


By Roy Mabasa

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has facilitated the repatriation of an additional 51 distressed Filipinos from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), most of them entered that country on tourist visa and are victims of human trafficking.

DFA logo and DFA building's facade (Manila Bulletin)

DFA logo and DFA building’s facade (Manila Bulletin)

This was in addition to the 79 others who were sent back home on September 18 and 19. The embassy in Abu Dhabi has reported they have facilitated about 545 Filipinos since May this year.

In a statement, the DFA expressed hope that the number of human trafficking and illegal recruitment cases would be minimized with the signing of PH-UAE memorandum of understanding on labor cooperation in September 2017 and the Law of Domestic Workers which would take effect beginning next month.

The MOU on labor cooperation aims to strengthen respective regulations of the two countries in combating trafficking in persons and in regulating private employment agencies by having fair and transparent recruitment practices as well as compliance in the process of recruiting Filipino workers for employment with the UAE laws.

There are currently around 700,000 Filipino workers in UAE.

The Law on Domestic Workers, on the other hand, would transfer the jurisdiction on issues relating to employment of household service workers (HSWs) from the Ministry of Interior to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiritization.

According to the DFA, this development is expected to result to employees being given better protection and more rights in the UAE.

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