The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) reiterated its commitment to strict implementation of its Post Arrival Orientation seminar (PAOS) for newly arrived household workers (HSWs) in Kuwait. The brief program focuses on provision of actual and factual approach to dealing with problems that may arise between the worker and employer.
In the two hour seminar held at the premises of the POLO in Kuwait, officers of the department take turns to give scheduled talks, provide tips and guidelines to HSWs as to the dos’ and don’ts of working in a household in Kuwait. Among the issues discussed in the seminar are proper attire while working, work and rest hours, awareness on their environment that include safety and welfare, dealing with discussions and conflicts with employers and other relevant issues that contribute to the better work experience for the workers.
The seminar also stresses on the importance of the household workers’ knowledge of their respective recruitment agencies, contact numbers and names of people working for their agencies. The seminar also highlights on tips how to maintain good relationship with employers and should abuses arise, tips on how to deal with them and emergency precautions to remember.
A representative from the Filipino Association of Secretaries of Employment Agencies (FilASEAK) also delivered brief introduction on the association’s purpose and their relevance to for their safety and welfare. In the brief talk, the representative discussed the importance of getting in touch with any of the members of the organization for immediate assistance. He also urged the household workers to remember the account name of the organization in social media for easy access and urgent response to their queries and request for assistance.
In an interview with Kate Castillo, a secretary of Ashfar Agency,who said that the implementation of PAOS has been very effective due to its format of underlining actual cases and incidences that occurred in the past among HSWs in Kuwait. “PAOS is vital and essential for newly arrived HSWs as it can improve their situations while working for their employers and further save their lives” said Castillo. Elizabeth Sison, Administration Staff of POLO added that PAOS emerged as a very important tool for the protection of migrant workers especially when abroad. This educational program provides basic information to ease their transition to working in households and maximize their benefits as household workers along with protection of their rights, welfare and safety.
PAOS seminars are held currently three times per week in POLO / OWWA premises of the Philippine Labor Department and conducted by administration staff headed by the Philippine Labor Attaché Atty. Cesar Chavez.
- Ricky Laxa