Total ban on sending maids to Mideast possible: labor chief
The Philippine labor secretary said it was foolhardy to deploy workers to countries where they will not be protected by law
The Philippine Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) says it remains open to a recent Senate resolution calling for a total ban on deployment of domestic workers to countries that do not protect the rights of migrant laborers.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said a total deployment ban was possible for countries that do not have laws on protecting Filipino workers, The Philippine Star reported.
“If there is no memorandum of agreement between our country and the accepting countries, then it is foolhardy to deploy our workers overseas, because they will not be protected,” Bello said.
He said the DOLE and the Department of Foreign Affairs were working on revising existing bilateral agreements with countries employing Filipinos.
“We met two weeks ago to study the template for new bilateral agreements to provide better protection of our workers,” he said.