Selective deployment policy for Filipinos

DUBAI - The Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) in Dubai is adopting a selective deployment policy for Filipino nationals where it promotes the deployment of workers in the professional category while discouraging the unskilled and vulnerable categories.

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Sat 10 May 2003, 11:36 AM

Last updated: Thu 4 Jul 2024, 2:50 PM

"We cannot restrict or prevent the deployment of domestic helpers and women in low-skilled categories who belong to the vulnerable categories. It is enshrined in our constitution that Filipino citizens have the right to travel. We simply do not promote their deployment," Labour Attache Vicente Cabe explained.

There are 6,000-odd housemaids in the UAE who belong to the category of unskilled workers who also include drivers, farm and poultry workers. According to government estimates, this category constitutes 16.89 per cent or 23,646 individuals in the UAE where 5.35 per cent are men (7,490) and 11.54 per cent (16,156) are women. Meanwhile, an estimated 33,208 or 23.7 per cent of OFWs in the UAE are professionals whose earnings run from $570 to $4,500 a month.


"The objective of overseas employment is to provide job opportunities to Filipinos and for the country to benefit from technology transfer. When we send skilled labour abroad, they learn new technologies which they can introduce and apply when they go back to the country. We can attract foreign investment in the business and manufacturing sector into the country due to the presence of Filipinos who have been extensively trained abroad," Mr Cabe said.

To date, the system of welfare assistance in Dubai and the Northern Emirates is in place and the POLO in Dubai is now focusing on marketing and labour promotion. "In light of the developments taking place in Dubai, I am certain that there will be an increased demand for skilled and professional Filipino workers. At the moment, I am meeting with the Filipino community, identifying their workplaces and will eventually make arrangements to meet with their employers," he said.


Meanwhile, the skills upgrading programme being implemented by the POLO and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has benefited a number of Filipino expatriates in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. "We have limited resources, and so we welcome private initiative in this programme," he said.



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