President Duterte has issued a total ban on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait on Monday.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed an administrative order on the total deployment ban. The move is in response to a series of seven OFW household workers killed in Kuwait.
“In pursuit of national interest, and with the advent of series of reports involving abuse and deaths of Overseas Filipino Workers in Kuwait, a total ban on deployment of all Overseas Filipino Workers to Kuwait pursuant to the directive of the President of the Philippines is hereby enforced. The order takes effect immediately.”
DFA Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano in joint statement said:
“Our efforts to protect our kababayans will not end with the imposition of deployment bans or the repatriation of our workers in countries where they are prone to maltreatment.”
We will also go after illegal recruiters, human traffickers and other modern-day slave traders who continue to victimize our people,” he added.
Some 2,500 more Filipinos in the Gulf state are ready to be repatriated, said Bello.
Bello, said the government will help the repatriated workers in finding another job either in the Philippines or to other countries such as Russia or China.