Labor deployment ban to Kuwait lifted – DOLE

first_imgAmong the conditions met by theKuwaiti government was the filing of charges against Jeanelyn Villavende’semployers and the harmonized standard employment contract for overseas Filipinoworkers. Also, working hours and the hours forsleep should be indicated in the contracts and the workers are prohibited totransfer to another employer without the written consent of the PhilippineLabor Attaché in Kuwait. MANILA – The government lifted itslabor deployment ban to Kuwait after the two governments reached an agreementfor better working conditions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). The government imposed a total workerdeployment ban to Kuwait in January after the release of autopsy results onhousehold helper Jeanelyn Villavenda, who was allegedly killed by her Kuwaitiemployers in December. The government partially lifted theban a month later for skilled, semi-skilled workers and professionals after thesigning of a bilateral deal on the standard employment contract for Filipinoworkers. Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE) secretary Silvestre Bello III said the lifting means newly-hired andreturning household workers may now return to Kuwait. “So now pwede na for deployment lahatng household service workers, mgasemi-skilled workers, mga skilledworkers and professionals,” Bello said. With the new contract, employers arebarred from keeping the passports of their workers; the workers will also beallowed to use their mobile phones after work and they are also entitled to aday off with pay. The country last imposed a totaldeployment ban on the Gulf state in 2018 after Ilongga migrant worker JoannaDemafelis was slain and discovered inside a freezer at an abandoned apartmentthere. Her employer was found guilty for her slay./PNlast_img