November 22, 2021

Dubai Duty Free has rehired 600 OFWs.

Employment opportunities await pandemic-displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and job seekers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to a Labor Department press release issued on Sunday.

According to Labor Attaché John Rio Bautista of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai, more than 600 OFWs previously employed by Dubai Duty-Free shops will be rehired.

“Dubai Duty Free had to lay off some employees during the pandemic.” However, with the recovery of the local economy, the management reached out to us, and we have a special arrangement for them. More than 600 Filipino workers will return, and their pay will be competitive. “We process at least 100 contracts for OFWs who will be rehired every week,” Bautista said in a virtual briefing on Friday.

Aside from retail opportunities, Bautista stated that the health sector has expressed interest in hiring Filipino professionals.

Meanwhile, POLO has verified over 8,000 job orders for household service workers (HSWs) since early April, with approximately 6,000 to 7,000 of them already arriving in Dubai.

“The initial implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates has been extremely fruitful.” The benefits for our HSWs are outlined in the comprehensive employment contract, as directed by President Duterte. For example, the provision of a minimum wage of 1,500 dirhams,” Bautista explained.

One dirham is approximately PHP13.75.

Since the agreement’s implementation, the number of distressed Filipinos housed at the POLO shelter has decreased to an average of ten.

The Labor Department reminded overseas job seekers to follow the proper procedures and to check the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s website to ensure the legitimacy of job offers.

POLO also processes documents for approximately 200 OFWs returning home on a daily basis because the UAE is on the green list, which means that fully immunized inbound Filipinos and tourists will not require quarantine as long as they have a vaccination card and a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction Covid-19 test result obtained at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

“This is in addition to the Balik Manggagawa or those who will return to the same employer.” They are not required to go to the POLO in person for contract verification. “All they have to do is go to the POEA online portal,” Bautista explained.

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