MANILA, June 2, 2011â€”More than a million Filipino workers staying in Saudi Arabia are feared to lose their jobs due to the six-year cap implemented by the Saudiâ€™s Ministry of Labor, against domestic and other workers. About 1.5 million Filipinos are now staying in Saudi doing domestic and other manual work.
John Leonard Monterona of Migrante-Middle East (ME) says in his e-mail that although the decision of the Ministry of Laborâ€™s no longer a â€œsurprise,â€ the Philippine government should look deeply into the matter.
â€œIf all of these workers will go home, without a job waiting for them there, in the Philippines, then the unemployment rate in RP would spike,â€ he said.
Monterona explained that the cap goes hand-in-hand with the so-called â€œSaudizationâ€ of the labor market in Saudi. The Ministry of Labor there had issued a memorandum to all employers, both local and international, to allot 10 percent of their employment slots to Saudi nationals.
â€œSaudi Arabia would be the first in the Middle East to implement a limit on the stay of foreign workers,â€ he said. (Noel Sales Barcelona)