'Obtaining NOC can be major problem for maids'

DUBAI — No-objection certificates (NOCs) can be another form of labour abuse for Filipino housemaids, according to an official from the Philippine Overseas Labour Office-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA).

By Criselda E. Diala

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Published: Thu 24 Aug 2006, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Tue 18 Apr 2023, 12:55 PM

"Some sponsors easily bargain for an NOC, with the condition that they do not have to settle their dues, like backwages, of their housemaids," said Philippine Labour Attache Vicente Cabe.

A recent media report noted that housemaids who want to transfer their sponsorship could do so by obtaining an NOC from their original sponsor.

"An NOC is actually not required provided the sponsor does not file an absconding report with the Ministry of Immigration and the housemaid leaves the country."

"She can return anytime to the UAE on another visa if she so desires."

"However, if an absconding report has been filed, the housemaid will be banned from entering the UAE for life," Cabe explained.

He added that housemaids who have obtained an NOC from their sponsor cannot switch to another profession as per the UAE labour laws.

"Workers on a housemaid's visa can only work as housemaids," he said.

The labour attache mentioned that they advise housemaids not to run away from their sponsors so that they will not be reported as absconders unless it involves a matter of life and death.

"If they are in imminent danger, then they should forget about the lifetime ban and just go to the POLO-OWWA so that their case can be looked into and the necessary aid and assistance provided," he added.

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