Last January 18, Ezzedin Tago, Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia accompanied by the Second Secretary and Consul Roussel Reyes and Labor Attaché Albert Valenciano accompanied the Philippine ambassador, met with Dr. Abdullah A. Al Rabeeah, the Saudi Minister of Health to discuss the Philippine-Saudi Arabia relations on employment program.
The continuous hospitality and support by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Minister Al Rabeeah to the Filipino medical professionals in Saudi Arabia is greatly appreciated by the Filipinos and most especially Ambassador Tago.
Ambassador Tago, aside from conveying appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Minister Al Rabeeah, also expressed his gratitude to Dr. Al Rabeeah for a successful surgical operation in 2004 on the Filipino conjoined twins, Princess Ann and Princess May Manzo. Dr. Al Rabeeah was the head of the surgical team during the operation.
Filipino medical professionals received a compliment from the Saudi Minister of Health because of their excellent performance.
The Philippines desires to improve its relations with Saudi Arabia, Ambassador Tago emphasized during the discussion. He also talked about the status of the proposed Ministry of Health-Department of Labor and Employment (MOH-DOLE) training program for nurses. They also talked about the possibility of increased cooperation between the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in other areas of the medical profession, such as research and the academe.
The Saudi government hires about 117,000 Filipinos in the medical sector and the majority of them are nurses, according to the Saudi Ministry of Health.
SOURCE: Department of Foreign Affairs’ News. January 31, 2012. Saudi Health Ministry to Employ More Filipinos. Retrieved fromhttp://dfa.gov.ph/main/index.php/news-from-rp-embassies/4680-saudi-health-ministry-to-employ-more-filipinos