UAE lauded for fair deal to Filipino workers

DUBAI - The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai is expecting a more rapid growth in the country's infrastructure for the next five years, which will see more skilled and professional Filipinos working competitively in the UAE.

By Lily B. Libo-on (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Mon 28 Apr 2008, 6:02 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:59 PM

Consul General Benito E. Valeriano is also reminding the Filipino Community here to maintain their good image even as it lauds the UAE government for giving special preference to Filipinos in many fields.

In an exclusive chat with Khaleej Times, he exhorted all overseas Filipino workers, estimated to reach 450,000, to obey the laws of this host country to preserve the good relationships between the two countries.

Valeriano also expressed gratitude over the UAE government's fair deal with the Filipino workers, claiming that the wheels of justice here is fast enough to work to the favour of expatriates, resembling that of the western countries.

"It's so transparent that no matter who commits crimes against the Filipino workers, the UAE police are quick in responding," he said.

He added: "The government officials under the leadership of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, have good rapport with the Filipino workers and officials here in the emirates," he said.

He also expressed his desire to further cultivate official relations with them, particularly in other unexplored areas where both the Philippines and UAE governments can team up and come up with strategies where problems can be prevented.

The Consul General also laid down plans to continuously conduct information drive among the Filipino workers to keep them informed of the efforts of the UAE government to assist them.

Part of this plan is a series of visits to the Filipino community to meet up with them and get first-hand information of their problems and situations.

"This is one of my major concerns as a Consul General," he said.

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