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Lifting of the total deployment ban of OFWs in Kuwait earns mixed reactions from the Senate

FILE PHOTO – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait gather upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, Metro Manila

President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to lift the total deployment ban on Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait earned mixed reactions from members of the Senate.

Some senators welcomed the President’s move to lift the said ban, after the Philippines and Kuwait signed a Memorandum of Agreement providing better treatment for OFWs working in the said middle-eastern country.

Tension ensued between the two countries after President Duterte received reports of OFWs allegedly being maltreated and abused, including the death of Joanna Demafelis whose body was found stuck inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment.

For Senate President Koko Pimentel III, it was only right for the President to lift the total ban on the deployment of OFWs in Kuwait, but there should still be a limited ban on domestic workers and instead send engineers, manager and construction workers.

Senator JV Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Employment, meanwhile applauses the president’s decision for the sake of the more than 260 thousand OFWs working in Kuwait.

Ejercito is hoping that the said MOA will be effective in order to protect OFWs, especially domestic helpers who often fall victims to abuse and maltreatment from their foreign employers.

(with DZRH Florante Rosales)


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