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MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 23/04/2008

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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) More and more skilled and professional Filipino workers are being sought in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Dubai had reported that cases of denial of rights to Filipino workers was coming down and whatever cases had been reported were related to the domestic servants. They were about contract substitution, maltreatment, verbal abuse, overwork, lack of food, sexual harassment and violation of contracts.

The hiring of more and more skilled and professional Filipino workers in the UAE has been confirmed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). It said in a Press release yesterday that the employment prospects for Filipinos, particularly the skilled and the professional workers, are continuing to be bright this year.

POEA administrator Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz in Manila reported that the UAE is among the six countries in the Middle East hiring them. The other countries are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

The increasing demand for skilled and professional workers in the emirates has compensated the 50 per cent decline in the hiring of domestic servants, especially maids, in Dubai and the Northern Emirates last year. The drop was attributed to the decision of the Philippine government to fix their minimum salary at US400.

The majority of the employment opportunities offered to the Filipinos are in the construction, medical, tourism, retail, energy, engineering and planning, telecommunications, hotel and IT sectors.

The Filipino workforce in the emirates and elsewhere in the world is a formidable force supporting the Philippine economy. In 2007, the 450,000 Filipino workers in the UAE had remitted nearly Dh1.9 billion (US530 million) to their families back home, an increase of 24 per cent, from Dh1.6 billion (US427.25 million) in 2006.

Their remittances in January this year alone reached Dh189 million, which is a 30 per cent rise from Dh145.4 million (US39.6 million) recorded in the same month last year.


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