DOLE studies lifting of total deployment ban to Kuwait

Entering its fifth week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that it will be reviewing the possible effects of the total deployment ban to the Persian Gulf.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the arrest of the suspects behind the death of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis may greatly contribute to the lifting of the ban to Kuwait.

Bello added that the acknowledgment and signing of the agreement on the protection of the Kuwaiti government to the OFWs will play a vital role in the President’s decision.

Labor Undersecretary Dominador Say further noted that officials of DOLE will discuss the matter and come out with a recommendation soon enough.

Recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported the successful arrest of suspects Syrian national Mona Hassoun and his husband Nader Essam Assaf who is Lebanese in origin.

According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, the two were taken into custody after Kuwaiti authorities requested the assistance of Interpol in locating and arresting the suspects.

Upon learning of the arrests of the two prime suspects in Joanna’s case, the Demafelis family sought for the death penalty against their daughter’s employers.

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