PH hails benefits for 50,000 Filipino helpers in Qatar
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines hailed a new law in Qatar that gives benefits such as limited working hours, annual vacations, and paid sick leaves to domestic workers in this Gulf state.
More than 50,000 Filipino helpers work in Qatar.
"This will certainly lead to the recognition, promotion, and protection of the rights of Filipino and other migrant household service workers in Qatar," Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement on Wednesday, August 30.
Qatar on August 22 approved its Domestic Employment Law, the first such protection for thousands of household maids, nannies, and cooks in the emirate.
The law limits domestic staff to a maximum of 10 hours of work a day.
It also orders employers to pay staff wages at the end of each month and entitles workers to at least one day off per week and an annual leave of 3 weeks, the Qatar News Agency reported.
"This is certainly a cause for celebration as this new law would benefit more than 50,000 Filipino household service workers who did not enjoy these benefits before," Philippine Foreign Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.
President Rodrigo Duterte visited Qatar in April, and Timbayan said Duterte's visit was expected to boost job opportunities for Filipinos there.
The Philippines is the 3rd biggest source of migrant workers in Qatar, with 246,000 Filipinos working in this Middle Eastern country. – with reports from Agence France-Presse / Rappler.com