Category Archives: Asia

Saudi issues Maldives advisory


#Riyadh: The Saudi Embassy to Male issued an advisory urging compatriots to be vigilant in light of latest developments in the country, The advisory called upon Saudi nationals in the Maldives to contact the embassy in case of emergency.


Duterte to repatriate Filipino workers in Kuwait in 72 hours


Filipino workers in Kuwait who want to go home may be repatriated within the next 72 hours, President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday, The President said he would request flag carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to send the migrant workers home within 72 hours. “So everyone who wants to come home, I said to Secretary Bello, those who want to be repatriated, with or without money, I will ask PAL and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation. ”I implore you, I am making a plea to all Arabs, the Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere,’ Duterte said.

Philippines President Duterte set to visit Kuwait in March


The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has received an invitation to pay an official visit to Kuwait in March, Philippine media outlets said that President Duterte had accepted the invitation, adding that the visit would be next month.
The Philippine Presidency made the announcement following a meeting between Duterte and Kuwaiti Ambassador to Manila Musaid Saleh Ahmed Al Duawkh.
Duterte held a closed-door meeting with the Kuwaiti ambassador over the plight of Filipino workers Kuwait.

DOLE Decision On Kuwait Deployment Ban Out This Week, OFWs In Qatar, KSA Losing Jobs


#Manila: The decision of the Department of Labor and Employment in Philippines (DOLE) on whether to lift the suspension or not the deployment of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait will be known this week.
the Kuwaiti government appears to be ready to sign a new bilateral agreement with the Philippine government to improve the welfare of Filipino workers within its territory” Bello III said he was approached by the Kuwaiti ambassador to discuss the signing of the new bilateral agreement.
Meanwhile, over 600 Filipino workers in Qatar have lost their jobs and more may suffer the same fate due to a prevailing diplomatic crisis among Arab countries, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.
“We looked at the companies where these Filipinos worked and apparently a lot of them are owned by Saudi companies. So this might be at face value a divestment of Saudi from Qatar. Until the political issues are settled there, it is always a threat for Filipinos. We are closely observing this,” Lagunzad noted.
Bello said DOLE is sending to Qatar and other countries in the Middle East this month, a team headed by Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) deputy administrator Arnel Ignacio to check on the welfare and conditions of OFWs in the region.
He also reported minimal displacement of Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia as a result of the oil crisis and the Saudization program.