Duterte to personally plead for Kuwait OFWs

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte orders Filipinos back from Kuwait

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte orders Filipinos back from Kuwait

Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday a total deployment ban order of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. "To the Kuwaiti government and all others where our OFWs work, we seek and expect your assistance in this regard", he said.

Manila announced that it would suspend the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait, while Duterte threatened "drastic measures" if further cases of abuse were reported.

Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello had in January ordered the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration "to stop the processing and issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers pending the investigation of the cause of deaths of the Filipino workers".

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Duterte has in recent weeks been highly critical of alleged abuse suffered by some of the two million Filipino workers in the Middle East, even threatening a ban on the whole region.

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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. We were fought to protect your interest.

Based on the data, there were a total of 82 reported deaths of OFWs in 2016 and 103 a year ago.

He added, "The ban continues today and I don't know until what time".

'How many Filipino teachers, nurses, and other skilled workers are forced to downgrade their skills and degrade their persons by working as service people, a deodorized term for maids and servants?' he asked. Keep them free from harm.

The DOLE official said they still have to thresh out other details, specifically on the workers that would be covered by the order.

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"We are outraged by this latest disgusting crime against our overseas Filipino workers", he added.

"This is a national shame and yet we proclaim the OFW's the modern heroes of our Republic", he said. "I want them out of the country those who want to go out in 72 hours", he said. In radio interview Saturday, Villar said she "agrees" with the President in imploring Kuwaiti government to act on the deaths Filipina domestic workers in the hands of their employers.

"I implore you, I am making a plea to all Arabs, the Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere", the president scolded.

Villar noted that Kuwait has a "different culture" that may have resulted to the maltreatment of Filipinas in their country.

"We are advocating for unity among all recruitment agencies and their adherence to a common standard of best and responsible practices throughout the industry", she said.

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