PH recruiters back suspension of OFW deployment to Kuwait

Duterte attends the ASEAN-US 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Manila

Duterte attends the ASEAN-US 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit in Manila

Because of these persistent reports of maltreatment and even death of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, the President announced that the ban on the deployment of OFWs in the Middle East country will remain. We either create more jobs here or help working-age Filipinos to acquire skills that are in demand overseas, ' he said.

"INHUMANE" President Rodrigo Duterte shows a photo of a Filipina worker in Kuwait, who had been 'roasted like a pig, ' during a news conference in Davao City on Friday.

While saying that he can not divulge what was discussed during their closed-door meeting, Duterte said that he is planning to going to the Gulf State to appeal about the plight of OFWs in Kuwait.

Nevertheless, Duterte, who met the Kuwaiti Ambassador Musaed Saleh Althwaikh on Thursday, said he was planning to visit Kuwait "to plead my case".

At the same time, Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola of the Department of Foreign Affairs reported that 800 "undocumented" OFWs in Kuwait have signified their intention to be repatriated to the Philippines.

Just yesterday, the President fumed at the Kuwaiti government over the death of Joanna Daniela Dimapilis, a Filipino domestic helper whose body was found inside a freezer in an apartment which was abandoned for more than a year.

The abuse of many Filipino women workers are often Duterte's topic in his speeches.

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello had in January ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration "to stop the processing and issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers pending the investigation of the cause of deaths of the Filipino workers".

It said it was coordinating with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), following the decision, and that it will submit its recommendations to the government to improve the plight of Filipino workers in Kuwait and also to protect them from human trafficking.

"You know, we love Kuwait".

"Cebu Pacific will be mounting a special flight to Kuwait to assist our kababayans who wish to be repatriated to the Philippines", it said in a statement. "I implore you", he added.

Based on the data, there were a total of 82 reported deaths of OFWs in 2016 and 103 a year ago.

"When will this inhuman treatment of our Filipino workers end?"

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, meanwhile, urged the Kuwaiti government to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which provides additional protection for Filipino workers in that country.

Duterte himself warned of a "total ban" on deployment to Kuwait, which he reiterated on Friday, February 9.

There are more than 250,000 Filipinos in Kuwait.

"We support the President's call to continuously ban the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait. I want them out of the country those who want to go out in 72 hours", he said.

"We support the President's ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait. In fact, the valedictorian of the recent batch is a woman", she said.

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