By Erma Edera
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has assured that no overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be deported contrary to the news circulating online that the Middle Eastern country will deport all foreign workers starting in April this year.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III belied the rumors circulating online which caused confusion and anxiety among OFWs in the UAE.
International Labor Affairs Bureau, Labor Attache Alejandro Padaen of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Abu Dhabi said UAE officials have said that the news is not true.
Padaen said Dr. Omar Abulrahman Salem Alnuami, Assistant Secretary for Communication and International Relations of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) told him that the story is “fake news.”
Another Emirati official, Asmaa Alamadani, the executive director of MOHRE’s International Bilateral Relations Department, spoke to Labor Attache Felicitas Bay of POLO Dubai, who assured her that news is “not true at all.”
The article also circulated in other Gulf Cooperation Council countries like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Oman.
The article stated that foreign workers in 35 job categories who are over the age of 40 will be terminated and deported to give opportunity to UAE nationals, especially young graduates in solving the country’s unemployment crisis.
Among the occupations mentioned were pharmacist, medical secretary, administrative clerk, human resource officer, receptionist, treasurer, librarian, security guard, purchasing manager, debt collector, cashier, and tour guide.