Senator Cynthia Villar said that government agencies can provide alternative livelihood and job opportunities to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) affected by the Kuwait deployment ban.
“The DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment), DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) and DA (Department of Agriculture) can look into alternative livelihood and local employment opportunities for workers affected by the deployment ban to Kuwait so that they no longer feel compelled to leave the country for the Middle East as domestic workers,” she said.
Villar also suggests scaling down the deployment of domestic workers to the Middle East until a more effective monitoring system is established.
“Because this is a business, recruitment agencies will accept job orders for domestic workers that may already be beyond their capacity to monitor,” she said.
The senator also condemns the senseless killing of another OFW, Jeanelyn Villavende, in Kuwait.
She also hopes for an investigation which includes the alleged failure of both the local licensed agency and its foreign counterpart to closely monitor the working and living conditions of Villavende.—AAC
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