THE labor protection mechanisms under the memorandum of agreement (MOU) signed by the Kuwait and Philippine governments should be implemented first before the deployment ban on Filipino workers to the Gulf country is lifted, Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said on Monday.
“I believe the time for total lifting of the deployment ban to Kuwait is when the DOLE and OWWA say those implementing mechanisms are already in place on both the Kuwait and Philippine sides,” Dy said.
“The MOU implementing mechanisms must be put in place at the soonest possible time to ensure faithfulness and consistency of the execution of the signed MOU,” added the chair of the Committee on Women and Gender Equality.
Dy said Congress expects the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to formally update it on details of their negotiations and on those implementing mechanisms.
Meanwhile, Dy congratulate the negotiators for the Philippines led by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III, assisted by former DOLE Secretary Marianito Roque, and aided by OWWA Deputy Administrator Arnell Ignacio for successfully crafting and getting their Kuwaiti government to agree on the details of the MOU.
“They proved their competence at diplomacy and mastery of labor and OFW issues. Our OFWs and the country thank them for their service at this crucial juncture in PHL-Kuwait relations,” she said.