Over 2200 Filipinos in Kuwait want to leave: minister

Over 2200 Filipinos in Kuwait want to leave: minister

Bello, for his part, assured Filipino workers who would be repatriated from Kuwait, as well as those who would be affected by the ban that they will be assisted in finding alternative employment in the Philippines or overseas. 'Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse'.

Authorities have not ruled out revoking the permits of Filipinos now working in Kuwait or of previous hires returning on new contracts. 'What are you doing to my countrymen?

The Filipino embassy was not immediately available for comment.

Authorities say 252,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, many as maids.

The Philippines is one of the primary sources of domestic workers overseas, including Singapore, China's Hong Kong and Middle East countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

"And, while they are waiting, the agencies continue to pay for their housing accommodation, waiting for the go signal to proceed to Kuwait", he said. More than 2.3 million Filipinos are documented as working overseas. They are among more than two million employed in the region.

In 2016, deaths of 82 Filipinos were recorded in Kuwait and the number has increased by at least 20 percent in 2017. According to the report, the results of preliminary investigations indicate Joanna might have been tortured and strangled while the exact date of death has yet to be determined.

The deployment ban may also extend to other Arab nations if a pending review finds that the condition of OFWs there is poor and not protected, the secretary added.

Unexplained deaths were also reported in the Gulf state involving Filipino household service workers. The government said it would help workers who want to return do so.


In a statement, "In addition to the special flights, PAL has been repatriating OFWs using its four weekly Kuwait-Manila regular flights over the past few months".

"The Embassy and POLO in Kuwait expect that more than 10,000 Filipinos who have overstayed their visas are qualified for repatriation", Arriola said.

He added China cannot absorb all the displaced workers in Kuwait that easily although it is estimated that from 15,000 to 20,000 HSWs can be deployed to China "once both governments agree on the recruitment process and salary scales".

He said that, if the ban to Kuwait continues, "there will be a dramatic drop in dollar remittances amounting to over $1.3 billion because of the over 270,000 documented workers now in Kuwait". Our primary concern should be the lives and safety of our workers.

Kuwait authorities are looking to resolve the issue with the Filipino government and with Interpol on the case. The abuse of many Filipino women workers are often Duterte's topic in his speeches.

A group of recruiters expressed support for the Duterte deployment ban, meanwhile.

This is the fourth batch of OFWs who were repatriated amid a deployment ban issued by the Department of Labor and Employment in compliance with the order of President Duterte to stop sending workers to Kuwait.

The association announced it is drawing up recommendations for a more effective delivery of services to OFWs, not just in Kuwait but the entire world.

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