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Press Release - Koko commends UAE's efforts in improving labor conditions

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III commended the UAE government, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for its significant strides in enhancing the labor conditions of foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Pimentel highlighted a notable decrease in the number of runaway maids reported this year, including Filipino domestic workers in the UAE.

"It is encouraging to witness such positive developments, indicating tangible progress in the welfare of foreign workers in the UAE," Pimentel said.

"The efforts undertaken by the UAE government, alongside the close cooperation with our very hardworking labor attachés, demonstrate a commitment to ensuring the protection and rights of all workers," Pimentel added.

Pimentel also welcomed the recent directive issued by the UAE government, which mandates the inclusion of all private sector employees and domestic workers in the compulsory health insurance scheme. Effective 2025, employers will be obligated to provide health coverage for their registered workers upon issuance or renewal of residency permits.

"This action demonstrates a proactive stance toward enhancing the welfare of workers and emphasizes the UAE's dedication to fair employment standards," Pimentel said.

Based on data, the UAE is the second home to one of the largest populations of overseas Filipinos in the Middle East, Pimentel noted.

Pimentel is the author of Senate Bill No. 2556 which seeks to declare August 19 of every year as a special day for the commemoration of the Philippines-United Arab Emirates Friendship Day, commemorating the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations on August 19, 1974.

"The Philippines and the UAE share a deep-rooted friendship, characterized by mutual respect, cooperation, and shared values," Pimentel said.

He noted that his office has collaborated with the UAE, facilitated by the Emirates Red Crescent, to execute the Iftar program during Ramadan, aimed at supporting various nominated Muslim groups throughout the holy month.

Furthermore, Pimentel underscored the longstanding humanitarian efforts of the UAE towards the Filipino community,