The chief executive said that OFW deployment ban in Kuwait remains and may possibly be implemented in other countries as well.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte once again appealed to Kuwait and other Arab countries to treat overseas Filipino workers (OFW) humanely.
Despite criticisms, the President insisted that the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait remain in force and even suggested the possibility of expanding the ban to other countries as well.
“The ban will continue and it will extend to other countries. Mahirapan sila. Well, humihingi na ako ng tawad sa inyo. I will not allow. Hindi. Wala akong kaplano na ipadala kayo doon tapos babuyin kayo. Hindi ko style ‘yan,” said the President.
(The ban will continue and it will extend to other countries. Let them have difficulties. I am asking for your apology, but I don’t have any plans to send you there and let them abuse you. That is not my style.)
Alongside this, the chief executive promised that the government will continue to work for economic progress and will continue to provide livelihood assistance for the repatriated OFWs through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
President Duterte also advised OFWs to consider other alternative employment options like China.
Malacañang, in the meantime, confirmed that the Kuwaiti government has invited President Duterte to visit their country.
The chief executive, however, has no decision on this yet.
“The language used is, they ‘prefer’ that if there’s a visit, there would be already a bilateral agreement in place. But that is not made into a condition, it’s a preference,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
Meanwhile, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has submitted a resolution to conduct an inquiry on the impact of the deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait on the economy. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
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