The Saudi government has denied that it has issued an order banning the hiring of domestic workers from the Philippines, an online report said.
The report by Arab News quoted Tayseer Al-Mufrej, spokesman for Saudi's Ministry of Labor, as saying that the Kingdom has not stopped issuing visas for domestic workers from the Philippines.
This was echoed by Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin Tago, who reportedly said nothing had changed in the labor agreements between the the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, one of the principal destinations of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Al-Mufrej said the two countries have started implementing aspects of recently signed labor pacts, which includes evaluating and monitoring hiring firms.
He said the accord includes incentives for good performance and penalties for violations
Al-Mufrej said training initiatives to orient Filipinos and other foreigners with Saudi cultural norms were launched along with a program, allowing workers to file complaints in Tagalog, Amharic, Malay, Bengali, Arabic, English, Urdu, Hindi, and Bahasa Indonesia.
An electronic system was also launched to streamline the hiring process and ensure transparency and accountability with both employers and workers.
The labor pact, approved by the Saudi cabinet in 2014, gives housemaids, babysitters, laundrywomen, family drivers, cooks, and gardeners minimum monthly salaries of SR 1,500, rest periods, and non-withholding of passports and work permits. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News