“As a country which always respects the rule of law and human rights, including that of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Taiwan, the Taiwan government and its parliament have done their best to protect the 150,000 OFWs in Taiwan and have treated the OFWs equally the same as the Taiwanese nationals by law.” This was the statement of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) executive officer Peter C.Y. Pan after reports of alleged maltreatment abuses against some Filipino workers in Taiwan surfaced early this year.
Early this year, the Philippines eyed Oman and Bahrain as alternative destinations for Filipino workers, as these countries are signatories to the relevant International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions that protect migrant workers. In fact, an InterNations survey listed Oman as the 11th safest country in the world for expatriates, with low crime rates across all metrics and a low cost of living. Oman was also ranked fifth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and 73rd overall in the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) released by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace.
On May 16th this year, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Papua New Guinea Prime Minster Peter O’Neill signed a joint declaration committing to expand and strengthen bilateral cooperation in agriculture. President Duterte said that O’Neill’s visit demonstrated the depth of our desire to bring our nations and peoples closer. O’Neill, for his part, recognized the need to expand the two nations’ cooperation on trade and investment, as well as in technical and development cooperation.
Estimatedly, there are 3,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Maldives. Majority of them are reportedly working in the tourism industry. Here at Subnet RTA, we have consistently been hiring Filipino workers bound to Maldives. In case you are an employer in Maldives planning to hire OFWs, these are the processes you have to go through.
According to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), the Kingdom of Bahrain is a preferred destination for both skilled and qualified expatriates, who are attracted by its openness to the world cultures and tax-free environment, among others. In 2017, Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that Bahrain preferred Filipino migrant workers over nationalities. Hence, if you are an employer based in Bahrain and wants to hire Filipino workers, here are the processes you have to go through.