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Prez Duterte orders the total lifting of the deployment ban of OFWs in Kuwait

FILE PHOTO – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait gather upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines February 21, 2018. Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to evacuate workers after a Filipina was found dead stuffed inside a freezer. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III to totally life the deployment ban he imposed a few months ago on Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait.

The decision came following the recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdulla Mama-O.

A prior lifting of the said ban was made a few weeks ago after the Philippines and Kuwait signed a Memorandum of Agreement providing protection to OFWS in the said middle-eastern country.

The partial lifting applies to semi-skilled workers who wish to work or continue working in Kuwait.

However, starting Wednesday night, the country is allowing OFWs to travel to Kuwait for work.

The MOA between the two countries put an end to the brewing tension as Duterte pulled out the plug in sending OFWs in Kuwait amid reports of abuse, especially with the discovery of the body of Joanna Demafelis stuck inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment.

The Kuwaiti government was also irked with the Philippine Embassy’s move to rescue alleged distressed OFWs without Kuwait’s knowledge.  Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa was sent home after being declared ‘persona non grata.’


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