Filipino domestic workers barred from leaving Kuwait can fly next week: Bello

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Filipino domestic workers barred from leaving Kuwait can fly next week: Bello

Posted on : Thursday 24th of May 2018

MANILA, Philippines : The Filipino domestic workers who were until now barred from leaving for Kuwait, can fly next week pending visa application approval, while the skilled workers can fly anytime, said rappler. com Wednesday quoting the Filipino Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

During a Senate hearing on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Bello said that guidelines on deployment will also be issued over the next few days. “Deployment guidelines will come out next week. Skilled workers can fl y to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,” Bello said.

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administrator (POEA) chief Bernard Olalia other issues such as training the HSWs and requiring employers to know the rights of OFWs as stipulated in the memorandum of agreement (MOA) will also be taken into consideration when the guidelines are issued.

The Philippines’ total deployment ban to Kuwait was lifted on May 16, following the signing of a protection agreement for OFWs in Kuwait.

During the hearing, Bello said that the two countries will create a joint committee to finalize the implementing rules and regulations of the MOA. He said the committee that will comprise representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Labor Attaché Resty dela Fuente and their counterparts from the Kuwaiti government will “conduct an assessment of the situation of OFWs in Kuwait, particularly the HSWs.” Secretary Abdullah Mama-o, Presidential Adviser for OFWs and Muslim concerns and also special envoy to Kuwait, said Kuwait is now fully compliant, following the signing of the protection agreement. “In reality, the problem is with the household service worker. This memorandum of agreement served its purpose to solve our problem,” said Mama-o. Mama-o added, he will monitor the implementation of the protection agreement until October, the duration of his stint as special envoy.

Courtesy : Arab Times

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