A virtual meeting discussed the resumption of recruiting Filipino domestic workers

Abdulaziz Al-Ali, Director General of the Union of Owners of Domestic Workers Recruitment Offices, shared details about an urgent virtual Zoom meeting with Khaled Al-Dakhnan, President of the Union, and his Filipino counterpart. They discussed the resumption of recruiting domestic workers from Manila to Kuwait.

The Philippine side had a key meeting with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor in Manila to finalize guidelines for labor export. These guidelines include recruitment procedures, required documentation, and the “job order” needed for employment contracts. The guidelines are expected to be approved by July 22, with job order applications starting on July 23.

Recruitment costs remain unresolved, with the Philippine side preferring current cost structures, potentially affecting the feasibility of recruiting Filipino workers due to competitive pricing pressures in the Gulf region. Local recruitment offices are ready to resume bringing in Filipino domestic workers, who are valued for their skills and familiarity with Kuwaiti customs. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Resolution No. 2 of 2024, which standardized recruitment costs, including travel tickets, could impact the quality and suitability of incoming workers.

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