Full de­ploy­ment of Filipino work­ers to Kuwait re­sumes

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By LES­LIE ANN G. AQUINO

There is now full de­ploy­ment of over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFWs) to Kuwait. On Fri­day, the De­part­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE) an­nounced that the ban on the de­ploy­ment of house­hold ser­vice work­ers has been “lifted.” Based on Philip­pine Over

seas Em­ploy­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (POEA) gov­ern­ing board res­o­lu­tion No. 7 ap­proved on February 13, the gov­ern­ment will now re­sume pro­cess­ing and de­ploy­ment of all types of work­ers bound to the Gulf es­tate.

Bello, who chairs the POEA gov­ern­ing board, said the ap­proval was made in view of the fil­ing of charges against the sus­pected killers of OFW Jeane­lyn Pader­nal Villavende.

“Af­ter due con­sul­ta­tion with the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) and with the fil­ing of ap­pro­pri­ate charges against the per­pe­tra­tors [in the killing] of OFW Jeane­lyn Villavende, the gov­ern­ing board of the POEA unan­i­mously ap­proved the lifting of the re­main­ing ban in Kuwait with re­spect to the de­ploy­ment of house­hold work­ers,” he said in a state­ment.

It was last month when the gov­ern­ment im­posed the to­tal de­ploy­ment ban of OFWs to Kuwait fol­low­ing the death of Villavende there.

The find­ings of the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) re­vealed that Villavende was sex­u­ally abused and bru­tally mur­dered.

Last week, the la­bor chief an­nounced the par­tial lifting of the de­ploy­ment ban of Filipino work­ers to Kuwait with newly hired and re­turn­ing do­mes­tic work­ers still be­ing cov­ered by the ban.

Bello cited the re­cent sign­ing of the har­mo­nized stan­dard­ized em­ploy­ment con­tract for HSW as rea­son for the par­tial lifting.

He said the stan­dard­ized con­tract of em­ploy­ment will en­sure the wel­fare and pro­tec­tion of OFWs in the gulf state.

The salient pro­vi­sions of the stan­dard em­ploy­ment con­tract in­clude pro­hi­bi­tion for em­ploy­ers to keep any of the worker’s per­sonal iden­tity doc­u­ments such as pass­port, and the en­ti­tle­ment of a worker to own a phone and use it out­side the work­ing hours pro­vided that she keeps the se­crets and pri­vacy of the house­hold, and use such phone in a man­ner con­sis­tent with pub­lic morals to men­tion a few.

Ac­cord­ing to DOLE, more than 50 per­cent of close to 250,000 doc­u­mented work­ers in Kuwait are house­hold work­ers.

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