Some 77,000 work visas are available for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in mostly highly skilled, technical jobs in Qatar, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.
In a news release, the DFA said Dr. Issa Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Qatari minister of Administrative Development and Labor and Social Affairs, bared the news during a recent courtesy call paid by Philippine Ambassador to Qatar Wilfredo Santos.
The two discussed various concerns confronting OFWs in Qatar.
Santos, according to the DFA, conveyed the Philippine government’s commitment to cooperate with the ministry in addressing these issues.
“I acknowledge with appreciation the ongoing labor reforms of Qatar that will surely benefit its migrant worker population, including OFWs,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.
He thanked the minister for the announcement and promised to assist Qatar in facilitating the recruitment of qualified OFWs.
Al-Nuaimi said “these labor reforms are a testament to the Emir’s commitment to protect the welfare of its migrant workers.”
Both sides agreed in convening the 3rd Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Labor Matters in the Philippines. The 1st JCM was convened in Bohol in 2009, followed by the 2nd round hosted by Doha from February 4 to 5.
Al-Nuaimi extended an invitation to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd to visit Qatar.