Philippines imposes 'total ban' on citizens taking up jobs in Kuwait

Philippines imposes 'total ban' on citizens taking up jobs in Kuwait

Philippines imposes 'total ban' on citizens taking up jobs in Kuwait

More than 250,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, many as maids, said the Filipino authorities.

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In 2016, deaths of 82 Filipinos were recorded in Kuwait and the number has increased by at least 20 percent in 2017.

The Philippines ordered on January 19 the suspension of workers to Kuwait as the government investigates the case of seven Filipinos working in the Gulf state.

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"With the advent of the series of reports involving abuses and deaths of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait, a total ban on deployment of all overseas workers ... is hereby enforced", Mr Bello said, reading an order.

Labour secretary Silvestre Bello on Monday announced a "total ban" on new employment in Kuwait, including Filipinos who had already obtained employment permits but had not yet left for the country.

Duterte asked Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Friday to provide flights for Filipinos who want to leave Kuwait, after the body of a Filipino worker was found in a freezer of an abandoned apartment.

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He also alleged Arab employers routinely raped their Filipina workers, forced them to work 21 hours each day and fed them scraps. "Is there something wrong with your values?" he had said, addressing Kuwait.

Cebu Pacific added that a special arrangements are being placed since the airline firm no longer have regular commercial air service between Manila and Kuwait.

Kuwait's embassy in Manila declined to comment. The abuse of many Filipino women workers are often Duterte's topic in his speeches.

"Although we are understandably saddened because of the impact on our industry sector, we agree with the decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to suspend indefinitely the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait and to repatriate OFWs there who are in distress situations and want to return home to be with their families", the Philippine Association of Agencies for Kuwait (PHILAAK) said in a statement, adding that they are coordinating with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

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