LMRA’s Expat Protection Centre offers comprehensive shelter services to Filipinos

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Manama, Nov. 7 (BNA): In line with the continuing partnership between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of the Philippines and the protection and promotion of the rights of Filipinos workers to decent work, the Embassy of the Philippines in the Kingdom of Bahrain is pleased to announce another dimension of this cooperation, particularly in the field of shelter and welfare services to Filipinos in distress. 


Under the expanded agreement, the LMRA Expat Protection Centre in Sehla will provide services to Filipinos at the Philippine Embassy shelter.

 


This new partnership recognises the respective strengths of the Embassy Shelter and the LMRA Expat Protection Centre in Sehla and by harmonising and complimenting each other’s capabilities and resources we will be able to provide a higher level of assistance to Filipinos in need.

 


For cultural, practical and other administrative considerations, Filipinos in distress come to the Embassy for help. Accordingly, intake procedures and necessary actions such as medical examination, case recording documentation will be done at the Embassy. Subsequently, the same Filipino can be admitted to the LMRA Expat Centre where the full array of Bahrain’s governmental, legal, law-enforcement, including psycho-social agencies will be ready to provide comprehensive assistance to anyone.

 


This agreement was concluded by LMRA Chief Executive Ausamah Al Absi and Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Y. Arriola, during the latter’s visit to Bahrain from 03 to 06 November 2018. Even before this formal announcement, the Managers of the Embassy Shelter and LMRA Centre, Mesdames Redina Manlapaz and Sheeren Khalil Al Saati, had already forged strong linkages to coordinate and compliment the provision of assistance leading to the seamless implementation of this form of cooperation.

 


Following the success of the joint efforts of the Philippines and Bahrain in issuing Flexi Work Permits/Visas that allowed previously irregular and undocumented Filipinos to be regular workers, as well as the exploration of initiatives in the reduction of labour deployment costs, this new linkage between the shelters of the two countries covers the entire cycle of labour migration from deployment to the country of destination to the eventual return to the country of origin.

 

 



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BNA 1215 GMT 2018/11/07