MANILA, Philippines — Based on the report received by the ACTS-OFW party-list, burns, bruises, and wounds are what Filipino domestic helpers experience in Kuwait.
The figures of the group show the number of Filipino workers who died in Kuwait has increased in the past two years.
While 300 to 400 household workers are fleeing their employers and are now being housed by the Philippine embassy or shelters in the said country.
According to OFW party-list Rep. John Bertiz, OFWs in Kuwait have no protection since the Philippines did not sign a bilateral agreement with the Arab nation.
Should the Kuwaiti government refused to sign an agreement with the Philippines, Bertiz noted that the data they have gathered is sufficient to use as a basis to repatriate all OFWs in the said country.
“Ang challenge sa ating gobyerno ay dapat panindigan natin ang panawagan ng presidente sa pag ban sa deployment ng mga vulnerable sector especially the domestic workers. Dapat nga permanent ban,” said Bertiz.
(The challenge to our government is that we should stand by the call of our president to ban the deployment of vulnerable sectors especially the domestic workers. The ban should be permanent.)
The lawmaker also emphasized that the government should be prepared to provide aid and to help the OFWs who might be affected by the deployment ban.
“Alamin natin saan ba natin pwedeng dalhin ang mga workers na ito na mayroon tayong bilateral agreement, protektado sila,” said the representative.
(We should determine where we can bring our workers, wherein we have a bilateral agreement so they will be protected.)
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), meanwhile, said that it is open to the said proposal.
“Kung qualified sila at mayroong market, by all means, we’ll accommodate them kaya lang it should not be a reason for us to be pressured into lifting the suspension,” said DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III.
(If they are qualified and there’s a market, by all means, we’ll accommodate them. However, it should not be a reason for us to be pressured into lifting the suspension.) — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
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