Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah said Monday that an agreement has been made with Filipino authorities in a bid to regulate workforce in the country.
Authorities in Manila made the request for the preliminary deal, Al-Jarallah told the press after a meeting of a parliamentary committee dealing with foreign affairs.
He revealed that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has invited Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to visit Kuwait next month, pointing out that, “calm has by and large been restored after the uproar created by Duterte’s recent remarks.” “We made clear to the authorities in the Philippines that this issue needs to be rectified,” Al-Jarallah said, citing “positive feedback” from Filipino officials.
Meanwhile, Al-Jarallah went on to say that the parliamentary committee has been assigned to investigate the Filipino President’s comments, pending a report to be referred to parliament, On the meeting, the Kuwaiti deputy foreign minister noted that prices of domestic service, which have gone through the roof as of late, was among topics discussed.”We are working closely with our embassies abroad to address this issue,” he added.
#Manila: The long-term relations between the Philippines and Kuwait would not be affected despite the ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, Malacañang said yesterday. “I’d like to think that the long-term Filipino-Kuwaiti relations will not be affected,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a Palace briefing.
Roque was responding to concerns raised by Kuwaiti Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah that the ban could damage ties between the two countries.
Sheikh Sabah has refuted the statements of President Rodrigo R. Duterte on OFWs being treated “inhumanely”, saying that thousands of other Filipinos lived a decent life in Kuwait.
Roque, meanwhile, said that Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano would meet with the Kuwaiti ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh Thursday, He said Duterte’s marching order to Cayetano was to get a commitment from the government of Kuwait to protect Filipinos in the Gulf state.
#Manila: The Philippine government on Monday signed the administrative order to completely ban the deployment of all workers to Kuwait, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced Monday, In pursuit of national interest, a total ban on deployment of all OFWs to Kuwait pursuant to the directive of the President is hereby enforced, Order takes effect immediately,” he said in a media briefing.
#Manila: The Philippines is set to ban the deployment of new Filipino workers to Kuwait from Monday, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday, February 12, a total deployment ban order of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.
The DOLE official said they still have to thresh out other details, specifically on the workers that would be covered by the order.
“Regarding new recruits”, that has to be clarified in the order to be issued by the Secretary on Monday, Meanwhile, The Department of Foreign Affairs said nearly 800 undocumented overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait are scheduled to go home under the Kuwaiti amnesty program.
#Manila: Cebu Pacific on Saturday said it would send one of its planes to Kuwait to fly overseas Filipino workers OFWs there who want to return to the Philippines, The airline made this announcement Saturday, a day after Duterte said he wants all Filipino workers who want to go home from Kuwait on a plane in 72 hours. “Cebu Pacific will be mounting a special flight to Kuwait to assist our kababayans who wish to be repatriated to the Philippines,” it said in a statement. Cebu Pacific said it is coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and will provide further information once the details are finalized.
#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.
Kuwait has stressed that it is still waiting for details on the deaths and rapes reported by Philippine’s President Duterte, according to Deputy Foreign Minister of Kuwait, Khalid Al-Jarallah, He added “We have already expressed our regret and surprise. Again, we are sorry and surprised when we hear such statements by the President of the Philippines, especially as we have explained to the Philippine officials our position on the cases, and asked them to identify the cases they referred but they did not provide us with any details, “We have a law for domestic labor, which is an integrated law and praised by the international community, and we confirm that the law governs their presence and work.