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Saudi Foreign Minister pays courtesy call on Marcos

Saudi Foreign Minister H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud paid a courtesy call on President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday.

In a Facebook post, Marcos shared photos of his meeting with the Saudi foreign minister along with other officials.

The President thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for its concern on the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in their country.

“We expressed our sincere gratitude for their government’s concern for the welfare of our overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia,” Marcos said.

“We are eager to strengthen our ties and broaden our collaboration, particularly in green energy, digital infrastructure, and agriculture,” he added.

The Philippine government will lift its Saudi deployment ban on November 7 following the completion of bilateral discussions with Saudi Arabia, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople earlier announced.

Ople explained that the department has reached an agreement with Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmad Bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi under which both countries would undertake measures “to facilitate the decent and productive employment of OFWs and ensure the protection of their rights.”

She said the date was chosen so the DMW would have time to prepare for its meetings with Philippine recruitment agencies, strengthen its coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in ensuring the deployment of fully trained domestic workers, and complete their automation process.—Richa Noriega/LDF, GMA News