Saudi Arabia accredits 10 ‘mega’ recruitment companies

May 21, 2013 10:12 pm 

MANILA,May 21 -– The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has informed the Philippines that it has accredited 10 'mega' recruitment companies to hire and deploy foreign manpower to private and public sector companies, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said Tuesday.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, who visited Saudi Arabia on Sunday to sign the “Agreement on Domestic Worker Recruitment” between the Ministry of Labor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the DOLE, said the list of the 10 'mega' recruitment companies has already been transmitted by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.

"The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that the Ministry of Labor will normally issue to the 10 'mega' recruitment companies group working visas in bulk. This will facilitate the recruitment process to the benefit of our OFWs," Baldoz said.

The DOLE chief said the 10 'mega' recruitment companies accredited by the Saudi Ministry of Labor are as follows:Saudi Manpower Services Co.; International Recruitment Co.; Manpower Services Company; Al Jazeerah Support Services Co.; Sawaeed Employment Co.

Mawarid Co.; National Recruitment Company; Al Mutahidah Company; Al Mahara Oil Field and Recruitment Services; andFirst National Company.

Baldoz added that the 10 'mega' recruitment companies shall ensure and have the responsibility to work on the following:

— to complete the regulatory procedures required for obtaining the residence permits, or Iqama, of foreign workers going to Saudi Arabia;

— to assume and bear the responsibility for the worker the moment he or she arrives in the Kingdom;

— to orient workers on Saudi rules and regulations and to train them;

— to guarantee foreign workers' entire financial benefits and rights until their return to their country of origin;

— to guarantee workers' access and contact to their families and deploying agencies;

— to guarantee the workers' monthly salaries through the opening of bank accounts;

— to deploy workers in accordance with their contracts duly attested by the Saudi Ministry of Labor to protect the rights of the workers, employers, and recruitment agencies; and

— to provide the workers with accommodation until they are fetched by their employers.

Baldoz commended the government of Saudi Arabia for this move, which she called as a giant step towards ensuring the welfare and protection of all migrant workers in the Kingdom.

"I am very gratified about this very positive development in the recruitment and deployment of workers to Saudi Arabia, which is a demonstration of its commitment and resolve to decent and productive work," Baldoz said. (PNA)

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