Philippines Govt elevates the ban on sending workers to Kuwait
Yesterday the Philippines declared an “absolute raise” to a restriction on sending homeworkers to Kuwait.
The Philippine labor minister, Silvestre Bello III, told Kuwait’s Al-Qabas that the prohibition had been “permanently removed,” adding that the decision had been made in consultation with the country’s “foreign ministry and labor and employment department.”
Bello’s comments came during his consultation with Kuwait’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Khaled Al-Jarallah, and Abdullah Mamao, the Philippine Presidential Adviser on The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
In January, after the murder of a household worker, named Jeanelyn Villavende, who was reported to have been sexually harassed and raped by her boss, the Philippine government set a moratorium on the deployment of domestic workers to Kuwait. Employers of Villavende were later determined to be detained while the organization which sent her to Kuwait was suspended, Bello stated earlier.
Amnesty International has often warned of the systemic abuse and exploitation of domestic migrant workers across the region. Domestic workers in the gulf make up about 90 percent of the population, but stay linked to their employers under a patronage scheme that confiscates their passports.
Because of widespread ill-treatment and slavery, Indonesia has prohibited housekeepers employed in the United Arab Emirates as of 2015.
Kuwait now employs 170,000 Filipinos. Kuwait currently enjoys good social, commercial, and cultural ties with the Philippines.