Philip­pines lifts de­ploy­ment ban to Kuwait

Har­mo­nized stan­dard em­ploy­ment con­tract agreed

Arab Times - - FRONT PAGE -

MANILA, Feb 13: The Philip­pines lifted its de­ploy­ment ban to Kuwait, as the two gov­ern­ments reached an agree­ment for bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions of over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFWs), La­bor Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre Bello said Thurs­day, re­ports ABS-CBN News.

This new de­vel­op­ment cov­ers the de­ploy­ment of house­hold ser­vice work­ers, whose de­ploy­ment were still pro­hib­ited even when the coun­try par­tially lifted the de­ploy­ment ban on work­ers to Kuwait.

“So now they can send all, house­hold ser­vice work­ers, semi-skilled work­ers, skilled work­ers and pro­fes­sion­als,” Bello told ABS-CBN News.

Among the con­di­tions met by the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment is the fil­ing of charges against Jeane­lyn Villavende’s em­ploy­ers.

Bello also said the Kuwaiti gov­ern­ment has agreed on a har­mo­nized stan­dard em­ploy­ment con­tract for over­seas Filipino work­ers.

With the new con­tract, em­ploy­ers are barred keep­ing the pass­port of their work­ers.

The work­ers will also be al­lowed to use their mo­bile phones af­ter work. They are also en­ti­tled to a day off with pay.

Work­ing hours and the hours for sleep should also be in­di­cated in the con­tracts.

Work­ers will also be pro­hib­ited to trans­fer to an­other em­ployer with­out the writ­ten con­sent of the Philip­pine La­bor At­tache in Kuwait.

The Philip­pines im­posed a to­tal ban on the de­ploy­ment of Filipino work­ers to Kuwait fol­low­ing the killing of house­hold worker Jeane­lyn Villavende, who was found to have been sex­u­ally abused and tor­tured by her em­ployer.

Villavende’s em­ploy­ers have been ar­rested, while the agency that sent her to Kuwait has been sus­pended, Bello ear­lier said.

The coun­try last im­posed a to­tal de­ploy­ment ban on the Gulf state in 2018 af­ter Filip­ina mi­grant worker Joanna De­mafe­lis was slain and dis­cov­ered in­side a freezer at an aban­doned apart­ment there. Her em­ployer was found guilty for her slay.

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