Overseas Filipino Workers returning to Kuwait after taking a vacation in the Philippines are also covered by the deployment ban implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment.
This was clarified by Red Marinas, head of the Bureau of Immigration’s Port Operations Division.
According to Marinas, all OFWs going to Kuwait, including returning workers and first-time workers, are affected by the DOLE administrative order that took effect on February 13.
“Pinigilan na natin makaalis ang lahat ng OFWs papuntang Kuwait, kahit balik-mangagawa at lalong-lalo na yung first-timers na aalis.” Marinas said during DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan.
However, Marinas revealed that with the implementing rules and regulations being prepared by DOLE, this could limit the scope of covered by the said ban.
The immigration official further explained that, until the new implementing rules and regulations are released, all Filipinos are prevented from travelling to Kuwait.
“Gumagawa ng implementing rules and regulations ang ating Department of Labor kung sino ang maaring payagan at kung sino ang hindi.” Marinas further added. “Until such time na maglabas ng bagong rules and regulations, doon lang namin babaguhin ang aming patakaran.”
Marinas also said that Filipinos visiting their families in Kuwait will also have their documents scrutinized in order to verify the purpose of their travel.
“Under scrutiny ang kanilang documents. Kung talagang purpose nila ay bibisita, kailangan natin i-verify ang mga pamilya nila doon at bibigyan natin ng consideration kung iyon talaga ang purpose ng kanilang travel.” Marinas explained regarding visiting Filipinos.
DOLE ordered a total OFW deployment ban to Kuwait following the reaction of President Rodrigo Duterte to the report that the body of a Filipina worker in Kuwait was found inside a freezer.