251 Pinoy workers chosen to serve in Arab League summit

By Maxxy Santiago, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

Posted at Mar 04 2014 09:33 AM | Updated as of Mar 04 2014 05:33 PM

Pinoy workers arrive in Kuwait from the Philippines. They will form part of the support staff during the 25th Arab League Summit

KUWAIT – The first batch of Filipino workers arrived in Kuwait to form part of the manpower support staff during the 25th Arab League Summit on March 25.

There are 251 Filipinos who will be working at the Bayan Palace during the two-day summit and will be paid from 200 to 360 Kuwaiti dinars or P30,800 to P55,440.

They will be employed as waiters, waitresses, cooks, and supervisors during the summit.

Kuwait has chosen Filipino workers as part of the support staff because of their excellence in the hospitality service.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Diwan Amiri, especially to Crowne Plaza Hotel, for giving us again, for the second time, and allowing Filipinos to make their dreams come true to be here in Kuwait. To prove, ang Pilipino ay maipagmamalaki mo sa pagtratrabaho at asset ng hotel," said Ana Del Mundo, owner of ADM International Manpower Services Company.

Grace Ruth Isaguirre is one of the seven waitresses who arrived with the group.

"I'm so excited because it’s my first time to come here and I really wanted to work here for the summit. I'm expecting a fruitful, very happy event here, in the palace," said Isaguirre.

All the first timers are excited to work at the Bayan Palace.

"Ini-expect ko po iyong maka-gain po ng experience para magamit ko po sa Pinas," said Celestine Matt Rances.

The group will be heading back to the Philippines in April after the summit.

The summit will be attended by leaders from the Arab region, north-eastern Africa and southwest Asia. The aim of the summit is to boost economic and cultural cooperation among its member countries.