Filipinos who wanted to work to Kuwait has now felt some relief after President Rodrigo Duterte finally ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to lift the deployment ban of migrant workers to Kuwait.
The lifting of ban happened after officials from the Philippines and Kuwait signed the memorandum of agreement that would give more protection to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in the oil-rich country.
“Upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte tonight instructed Secretary Silvestre Bello to totally lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.
On February, Duterte decided to order a temporary deployment ban to Kuwait after he heard cases of abuse suffered by Filipinos there including the domestic helper Joanna Demafelis who got killed by her employers and placed her body inside a freezer.
Last Saturday, Malacanang Palace announced that the relationship between Philippines and Kuwait returned to normal after a successful talks.
Meanwhile, many Filipinos swarmed Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to look for a job in Kuwait.
60,000 Filipinos are working in Kuwait, most of them as domestic helper.