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Domestic helpers now better protected in Saudi

Posted at | Updated as of 10/05/12 12:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines –Filipinos who will be deployed to Saudi Arabia as household service workers (HSWs) are now better protected than before all due to the agreement between both countries.

“Malaking bagay ang bilateral agreement na ito para sa mga kababayan natin,” said Vice President Jejomar Binay.

No less than the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia assured that the new guidelines for Pinay HSWs will be enforced in the kingdom.

Under the agreement, the minimum salary was set at US$400. Domestic workers will now also enjoy one free day every week and the practice of keeping the passports of the workers by the employers will no longer be allowed.

The Saudi Arabian government will also direct employers to open a bank account for their workers’ monthly salary.

According to Ambassador Amable Aguiluz, there is now a basis to file a case against erring employers. Aguiluz is the special envoy of the President to the Gulf Cooperation Council. Report from Henry Omaga Diaz, ABS-CBN News