DOLE eyes partial lifting of deployment ban to Kuwait

Aileen Cerrudo

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is eyeing to implement a partial lifting of the ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait.

In a statement, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he will recommend the partial lifting of the ban to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board.

This was after the Kuwaiti government agreed to sign an agreement on the standard employment contract for Filipino household service workers.

“I had a fruitful meeting with my counterparts in Kuwait. Both sides agreed on the harmonized standard employment contract. I will talk with the POEA governing board to recommend the partial lifting of the ban,” he said.

The partial lifting will allow skilled, semi-skilled and professional workers to be deployed to Kuwait. Household service workers are still covered by the prohibition.

Meanwhile, balik-manggagawa workers category will be the subject of discussion and decision of the POEA governing board.

Bello added that a total lifting of the ban will only be implemented if the Kuwaiti government will provide an official status report on the cases of Jeanelyn Villavende, Constancia Dayag, Joanna Demafelis, and on the Filipina who was raped upon arriving at the airport.

“In the case of Villavende, I wanted some validation of their claim that they [accused employers] are formally charged and they are behind bars. We have to be contented who have been charged and what are the nature of the charges,” he said.—AAC

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