Price of recruiting Philippine domestic help hits SR22,000

Filipino overseas workers are shown leaving the international airport in Manila in this file photo. (AFP)
Updated 08 August 2016

Price of recruiting Philippine domestic help hits SR22,000

RIYADH: National recruitment offices in the Kingdom have demanded that the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to apply the principle of reciprocity with its counterparts in Manila.
Measures taken by the Philippine authorities were described by national recruitment offices as arbitrary because recruitment offices in the Philippines exploit Saudi regulations which do not allow its national offices to deal with more than two offices.
Saudi regulations stipulate that national recruitment offices should deal with only two outside offices, while Philippine offices are allowed to deal and negotiate with more than 7 offices at the same time, thus allowing them to increase recruitment bills. As a result, the Philippine offices tend to deal with national recruitment offices that agree to higher recruitment costs and not deal with those who don’t raise their costs.
The sources pointed that the total amount needed to recruit Philippine household help reached SR22,000, including the SR20,000 cost of recruiting, and SR2,000 for the visa, with a monthly salary of SR1,500.
“The Philippine Embassy deliberately halts dealings with national offices once a complaint by a domestic worker is filed. The embassy notified several offices in Saudi Arabia that it had temporarily halted all dealings with them,” said the sources.
The sources added that the Ministry of Labor and Social Development is required to take similar measures to stop dealing with recruitment offices in Manila, and to put pressures on the offices there to adhere to signed agreements, especially since the majority of recruitment offices here in the Kingdom are facing great hardships.
On the issue of the required certificate of no previous criminal records for Bangladeshi labor, sources said that matters are still the same and paperwork transactions are still frozen at the Saudi Embassy in Dhaka because the period needed to extract such certificate ranges between 25 to 30 days, which results in the piling up of transactions.
The old transactions are exempted from the decision, nonetheless the offices expressed fear it might incur fines in accordance with the penalty provision stipulating the payment of SR100 for each day of delay in the arrival of the household labor to Saudi Arabia.


King Salman’s guests laud Hajj facilities

They paid tribute to the guest program, which allowed them to visit the sacred places, historical sites and Islamic landmarks in Makkah and Madinah, all at the expense of King Salman. (SPA)
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King Salman’s guests laud Hajj facilities

  • There were 634,379 domestic pilgrims, of whom 67 percent were non-Saudi

MADINAH: A number of guests from Tunisia and Morocco, who also came as part of the program, lauded the efforts and services provided them during the season.
In statements to the Saudi Press Agency, they admired the projects in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, citing them as evidence of the Kingdom’s dedication to pilgrims and its keenness to help them worship in comfort.
They paid tribute to the guest program, which allowed them to visit the sacred places, historical sites and Islamic landmarks in Makkah and Madinah, all at the expense of King Salman.
There were 2,489,406 pilgrims at this year’s Hajj, according to the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT), and 1,855,027 of them came from outside the Kingdom. There were 634,379 domestic pilgrims, of whom 67 percent were non-Saudi.