Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on DZMM radio that both sides have yet to sign the labor agreement. 

He said the two countries have not yet both agreed on terms and conditions, since Russia wants a government-to-government deal. 

A deal like this was done with Israel, given that the country only needed 1,000 hotel workers. 

Bello said that because of the volume that Russia wants, it would be quite hard to immediately deploy their needed household service workers

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) might not also be able to handle such volume, he added. 

Russian employers 

However, Bello said the agreement is still possible, assuming there are many people who would be interested in at least P50,000 up to P75,000 salary as a household worker. 

After his meeting with the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Russia, Bello said there are no reports and complaints against their Russian employers. 

“Mababait ang mga Russo. Sa lahat ng mga na-meet ko na OFW, wala nagrereklamo na minamaltrato, pinagsasamantalahan, kulang sahod. In other words, they are satisfied,” he said. 

President Duterte with the Bayanihan Dance Company and the Madrigal Singers at the Filipino Community event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Moscow, Russia on October 4, 2019 | Image Source: PCOO website

Meanwhile, he indicated that President Duterte is now prioritizing the legalization of residence of other OFWs in Russia. 

Duterte also asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to legitimize the residence of other illegal OFWs in the latter’s country. This is the priority of Duterte at the moment, according to Bello. 

Bello said among the 10,000 OFWs in Russia, 90% are illegal workers, some fled from Hong Kong and Malaysia. 

But, these nannies and household workers are not being deported, because according to them, Russia is indeed in need of workers. 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will probably send delegates to finalize the agreement in Russia by this week or next week, said Bello.


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