As part of the ILO/EJN fellowship on labour migration Angel L. Tesorero, a reporter for the Khaleej Times, the UAE’s first English daily newspaper, wrote a series of articles about the fight against human trafficking and promotion of fair recruitment in UAE.
Prior to joining the Khaleej Times, Angel was a reporter for Pinoy Weekly in the Philippines. At Khaleej Times, Angel has been covering several beats, including Asian communities, labour and migration, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, and Dubai Immigration.
UAE-Philippines MoU to stop trafficking
September 22, 2017
Thirty-three-year old Filipina Sheila Endong heard stories of happy lives in the UAE and was lured by a friend to come here to work as a domestic worker. She arrived in the country in November last year but it was not the promised life that greeted her.
Sheila was a victim of human trafficking. She had at least three different employers in the past 10 months. She suffered physical abuse from her employer which prompted her to run away.
Philippine labour officials in the UAE said Sheila’s case is just one of the many cases they’ve handled because of the lack of transparency in recruitment. But this will soon come to an end, according to Philippine Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello, who recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Labour Cooperation with UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash.
Police urge Filipino expat community to help fight human trafficking
February 27, 2018
The Dubai Police have called on leaders of the Filipino expat community to help in its efforts to combat human trafficking locally and to enhance the UAE’s role in eliminating cross-border human trafficking crimes.
At a town hall meeting conducted at the Philippine Consulate in Dubai on Monday, First-Lt Rashid Nasser Ali from the General Department of Human Rights at the Dubai Police, told the office-bearers of various Filipino organisations to report any forms of human trafficking to authorities.
The ladies who stand up for the people
March 7, 2018
Women are a force to reckon with in society and these expat women, members of the diplomatic corps, work not only to empower themselves but also to assert and promote the rights, welfare and well-being of their countrymen and the larger expat community in Dubai.
From leading the fight against human-trafficking to promoting business and cultural interactions, and leading a group of diplomats’ wives to promote social integration, peace and tolerance in the international community, we bring you Philippine labour attaché to Dubai and Northern Emirates Felicitas Bay, consul Prapavadee Boonchuaykuakool of the Royal Thai Consulate General in Dubai, and Abeer Shocair, president of Diplomatic Ladies Group (DLG)-Dubai and wife of Dr Sa’ed Radaideh, consul general of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Consulate to address Filipinos’ concerns via social media
March 26, 2018
The Philippine Consulate has assured to make the office more accessible to Filipinos in Dubai and the Northern Emirates as it vowed to boost its social media presence and communications, consul-general Paul Raymund Cortes said at a press briefing on Monday
Philippine envoy to answer questions on passport, conduct certificate
February 14, 2018
Kabayans, do you have queries directed at the Philippine Consulate regarding the renewal of your passport, notarial services and how to obtain a good conduct ceritificate?
If the phone lines are always busy or you have no time to go to the consulate, then you can also use the social media to get in touch with the head of the Philippine mission in Dubai.