DOLE bans sending workers to Kuwait

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued Monday an order banning the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait.

The ban, which was announced on Saturday, was ordered in response to several deaths of OFWs in the Gulf country, including suicides.

“In pursuit of national interest, and with the advent of the series of reports involving abuse and death of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait, a total ban on deployment of all Overseas Filipino Workers to Kuwait pursuant to the directive of the President of the Philippine is hereby enforced,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III in the order.

The order takes effect immediately.

The deployment ban followed the discovery of an OFW’s body inside a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait last week.

Reports identified the body, which was stuffed in the freezer for more than one year already, as that of Joanna Daniela Demafelis. Authorities are investigating if Demafelis’ former employers were behind the murder of the victim.

The family of the victim is seeking the repatriation of the body and justice, according to reports.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the DOLE to stop deploying Filipinos to Kuwait and repatriate some 800 OFWs in distressed in Kuwait within 72 hours. Batches of repatriates started arriving from Kuwait over the weekend with local airline providing free tickets to them.

On January 24, 2018, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration suspended the processing of overseas employment certificates for all new hires bound for Kuwait. rw: wjg

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