Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Ban on deployment of OFWs to Kuwait continues

Ban on deployment of OFWs to Kuwait continues

Last week, Secretary Silvestre Bello of the Department of Labour and Employment reported the discovery of the dead body of Filipina domestic worker Joanna Daniela Dimapilis, 29, of the town of Sara in Iloilo province in the Visayas in Central Philippines.

Duterte made the statements shortly after receiving reports that a Filipina overseas worker's body had been found in a freezer in Kuwait.

He also explained that the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring home OFWs within 72 hours only covers workers who would like to come home, distressed workers and the 2,000 who applied for amnesty.

"Although we are understandably saddened because of the impact on our industry sector, we agree with the decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to suspend indefinitely the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait and to repatriate OFWs there who are in distress situations and want to return home to be with their families", PHILAAK said.

"So that the Duterte administration will have additional options on how to save our fellow Filipinos from slavery and human trafficking and be more effective in the delivery of services to OFWs not just in Kuwait but worldwide", said Araneta in a statement.

The remains of Dimapilis were believed to have been stored in the freezer for more than a year.

Speaking in a press conference, Duterte decried the mistreatment of Filipino workers overseas, saying he was ready to take "drastic steps" to preserve their lives.

"You know, we love Kuwait. I implore you", he added.

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"With or without money, I will ask PAL (Philippine Airlines) and Cebu Pacific to provide transportation", he said.

Senator Cynthia Villar, who also advocates the protection of OFWs and their rights, said it is only fitting to halt the deployment of Filipinos in "countries where they will only be abused". O how come my countrymen are now suffering brutality, cruelty, and death?

"Every unlawful physical injury that is inflicted on an OFW is an injury [that] I personally bear as the head of this Republic", he said.

He has been angered by stories of Filipinos in Kuwait being driven to suicide due to abuse.

Villar said there were many job opportunities in the country.

"It compels us to ask what we in the government has been doing all these years to give justice to them".

Acknowledging that most Filipinos seek employment overseas because of a lack of job opportunities and low salaries in the Philippines, Coronel called on the government to expand job training through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority so that skill levels were on a par with or even superior to those available elsewhere. "In fact, the valedictorian of the recent batch is a woman", she said.

"We support the President's ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait". He urged the goverment to provide jobs and livelihood assistance for returning workers.

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