Kuwait OFW-deployment ban leaves 25000 household service workers stranded

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The Philippines also sends skilled workers to Kuwait.

The DFA and the DOLE officials led by DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola received on Monday, the first batch of 377 workers who were repatriated on three commercial flights that left Kuwait on Sunday afternoon.

Duterte asked Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Friday to provide flights for Filipinos who want to leave Kuwait, after the body of a Filipino worker was found in a freezer of an abandoned apartment. Most of the abuse has been reported among household service workers.

More than 250,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, many as maids, said the Filipino authorities.

OWWA added that more than 800 undocumented Filipino workers in Kuwait were scheduled to come home.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered an investigation on the claim made by the family of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis that their welfare office did not take action on their case. A total of 10,800 are 'overstaying violators, ' Arriola added.

In addition to the special flights, PAL has been repatriating OFWs using its four weekly Kuwait - Manila regular flights over the past few months.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the government is now processing the repatriation of more OFWs from Kuwait. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva - who now heads the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development - condemned the killing of Joanna.

Officials added they were eyeing China and Russian Federation as "alternative markets" for overseas workers.

He said that, if the ban to Kuwait continues, "there will be a dramatic drop in dollar remittances amounting to over $1.3 billion because of the over 270,000 documented workers now in Kuwait". We should not wait for another OFW to die for us to act on this, ' Villanueva said. "She believes that there is no need to work overseas since 'many opportunities await" Filipino workers in the Philippines.

Cayetano said the DFA also reiterated its request for concrete action from the Kuwaiti government to address the maltreatment and other abuses inflicted on Filipinos in Kuwait.

THE Philippines today expanded a ban on its citizens working in Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte angrily lashed out at the Gulf state over reports of Filipino workers suffering abuse and exploitation.

The association announced it is drawing up recommendations for a more effective delivery of services to OFWs, not just in Kuwait but the entire world.

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