Yesterday, February 12, 2018, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced that the government has signed an administrative order for the total ban of OFW deployment in Kuwait.
According to a report by CNN Philippines, Bello said in a media briefing that, “In pursuit of national interest, a total ban on the deployment of all OFWs to Kuwait pursuant to the directive of the President is hereby enforced. Order takes effect immediately.”
But, the labor secretary also clarified that not all workers will be forced to go home. “Yun lang gustong umuwi, at saka yung dapat umuwi. Halimbawa wala naman trabaho doon. Yun ang tutulungan umuwi. Pero yung mga andun na maganda ang trabaho, maganda ang treatment sa kanila ng employer nila they can stay for as long as they want,” Bello added.
This order was pushed by President Duterte when authorities discovered the body of a Filipina inside a freezer in her employer’s residence. An investigation is also underway regarding the death of seven (7) Filipino household workers in Kuwait.
As of yesterday, 400 OFW’s have been brought back home as part of the government’s repatriation program. 400 more workers are expected to arrive today and tomorrow.
Source: CNN Philippines