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
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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.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.