Philippines Bars Citizens From Working in Kuwait, Citing Abuses

Philippines Bars Citizens From Working in Kuwait, Citing Abuses

Philippines Bars Citizens From Working in Kuwait, Citing Abuses

In Kuwait alone, there were 82 reported deaths of Filipino workers in 2016, which increased to 103 the following year.

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

The DFA added that it further reiterated its request for concrete action from the Kuwaiti Government to address the maltreatment and other abuses suffered by Filipinos in Kuwait.

Over the weekend, Duterte told reporters in his southern home city of Davao that he had received a report last week of a troubling incident involving the killing of a Filipina worker.

Of the 260,000 OFWs in Kuwait, 170,000 are household service workers; 10,800 are undocumented.

'We are particularly keen on finding alternative employment in countries such as Oman and Bahrain, both of which are signatories to the relevant International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention that protects migrant workers, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr said in a news briefing yesterday.

Silvestre Bello III told Reuters the number was as of Friday after Duterte broadcast graphic photos of the body of a Filipino maid found in a freezer in an abandoned Kuwait apartment.

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Philippine Airlines said in a press statement that their officials are coordinating with the DFA, the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and Kuwaiti government authorities for the necessary document requirements.

"Escalation does not serve the ties between Kuwait and the Philippines", Sheikh Sabah said, adding that 170,000 Filipinos "live a decent life in Kuwait. but separate accidents unfortunately happen, and we are providing our Filipino counterparts with the results of the investigations". These repatriated OFWs will also be providing free food and refreshments, as well as baggage allowance for all passengers on board the flight.

In addition to the special flights, PAL has been repatriating OFWs using its four weekly Kuwait - Manila regular flights over the past few months. Succeeding flights depart from Kuwait International Airport on Thursday, February 15; Saturday, February 17; and Sunday, February 18, with the same flight schedules.

OWWA said 220 OFWs arrived via Philippine Airlines (PAL) PR669 while Gulf Air flight GF154 carried the second batch of 102 Filipino workers.

"More teams from the DFA are on the way to Kuwait now to augment the Embassy teams on the ground", he said. Dominador Say, that will handle the repatriation of our OFWs in Kuwait pursuant to the order of the President to repatriate them within 72 hours.

The second task force, headed by Labuor Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad, is scheduled to go the Middle East for an assessment mission to find out the conditions of the OFWs and how the DoLE could be of assistance to them.

He said the third task force will conduct job fairs to recruit workers needed in the Philippines.

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