PH, Kuwait soon to sign labor protection pact for OFWs

The Philippine government is eyeing to sign this month the bilateral agreement which provides further protection for Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the proposed labor agreement now awaits President Duterte’s approval after it has been finalized.

Bello also said that Duterte might go to Kuwait to be present in the signing of the labor protection pact between two countries.

“We have finalized the MOU (memorandum of understanding). We just need the go-signal of boss on when it will be signed,” Bello said in Filipino.

The secretary also disclosed that the labor agreement should be signed this month of before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“It should be signed before the Ramadan. It should be within April because the Kuwaiti officials might be unavailable by May since it’s already Ramadan,” he added.

The government has pushed to have a labor protection agreement with Kuwait to give protection to overseas Filipino workers in the country.

Aside from this, Duterte has ordered the OFW deployment ban to Kuwait after the tragic discovery of the lifeless body of OFW Joanna Demafelis inside a freezer in the Gulf State. The Kuwaiti government has earlier sentenced to death the employers of Demafelis.

The Palace has also recently stated that Duterte might visit Kuwait if his conditions intended for OFW protection are carried out.

The conditions include the prohibition of the confiscation of passports of OFWs by their employers, allowing workers to sleep for seven hours and cook their own food, and the prevention of physical abuse.