MANILA — The government has promised to fast-track the deployment of Filipino workers to Bahrain following a complaint from a labor official of the Gulf state.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday said Bahrain favors hiring Filipino workers over other nationalities but the government's documentation process is too slow as it usually takes 6 weeks.
Bello, in a press conference in Manama, said he met with a Bahrain assistant labor secretary to discuss the matter.
"He wants more migrant workers kaya lang nag-complain siya, na why we prefer Filipino migrant workers ang kupad daw ng processing sa government. It takes about 6 weeks," said Bello, who promised to reduce the processing time to a week.
Bello is part of the Philippine delegation accompanying President Rodrigo Duterte to state visits to 3 Gulf countries — Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar.
He added that the unnamed Bahrain official will even travel to the Philippines on May 8 to sign a memorandum of agreement on the deployment of workers.
Bello said there are more than 60,000 Filipinos working in Bahrain.
Bahrain is the second leg of Duterte's weeklong state visits to the Middle East. He is set to arrive at Qatar for the last leg of his tour on early Saturday morning (Manila time).