Philippine Embassy in UAE partners with government-accredited recruitment, placement agency, promotes Filipino household service workers’ rights

(Upper left photo) Amb. Quintana (2nd from left) receives a warm welcome from the management of the Tadbeer Center in WTC Mall in Abu Dhabi. (Upper right photo) Amb. Quintana (3rd from right) with Mr. Mostafa Bakhit, Customer Service Manager of the Tadbeer Center (3rd from left), and the Center’s executives. (Bottom photo) Amb. Quintana (2nd from right) and Labor Attache Manuel Dimaano (extreme right) are given a tour of the Tadbeer Center facilities on 29 April 2021. I DFA Photo

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – In commemoration of International Labor Day and in line with the Philippines and UAE’s partnership in protecting domestic workers’ rights and to guarantee dignity of labor, Philippine Ambassador to UAE Hjayceelyn M. Quintana paid a visit to a Tadbeer Center in Abu Dhabi on 29 April 2021.

Tadbeer Centers play an important role in the implementation of the Philippines and UAE agreement on the resumption of the deployment of domestic workers from the Philippines through a legal and regular pathway, since the suspension in 2014, as they will be the only channel for prospective employer-households in the UAE wishing to hire Filipino HSWs in 19 categories (ranging from driver to nanny), under strict regulation by UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

“After seven years, we have successfully resumed the regular and legal deployment of Filipino domestic workers to the UAE. Having been part of the negotiations, I have seen how hard we all worked for this, therefore I am sure that both countries will remain vigilant in ensuring the protection of Filipino workers and their Emirati employers against unscrupulous people intent on violating the rules and trampling on the worker’s rights for profit,” said Amb.

During the visit, which was facilitated by MOHRE, Mr. Mostafa Bakhit, Customer Service Manager of the Tadbeer Center at the World Trade Center Mall in Abu Dhabi responded to the Ambassador’s in-depth queries on the procedures in place for the protection of workers such as living quarters arrangements and training prior to deployment, as well as grievance settlement mechanisms. She expressed hope that the Tadbeer Centers will be the Embassy’s close partners in managing Filipino HSWs’ concerns, with professionalism and compassion.

While procedures and timelines for deployment will necessarily be affected by COVID-19 restrictions in both the Philippines and the UAE, the two sides expressed commitment in ensuring the success of the deployment.

Accompanying the Ambassador during the visit were Labor Attache Manuel Dimaano, Consul General Marford Angeles, and Consul Cynthia Pelayo.

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