Because of the rising reports of maltreatment of Filipinos in Kuwait, the government is considering a total ban when it comes to the sending of Household Workers to Kuwait, said Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.
“Talagang problematic ‘yung Kuwait eh. Ang daming complaints about how our HSW [household service workers] are maltreated. Hindi maganda ang pag-aalaga sa kanila, so we are seriously considering kung hindi man namin i-reduce, baka magkakaroon ng total ban,” Bello said.
“Kuwait is really problematic. There are a lot of complaints about how our HSW (household service workers) are maltreated. They are not treated well, so we are seriously considering the reduce, or eventually a total ban,” said Bello
The ban is in line with the recent incident in which a HSW in the name of Amy Capulong Santiago, was allegedly beaten until she died by her sponsor last January.
However, Bello also added that delays might occur during the implementation so as not to make it like a “retaliatory move.”
“Napag-isipan naman namin na ‘pag ginawa namin ‘yun, baka isipin ng Kuwaiti government na retaliatory move ito so medyo pinapa-ano pa namin, pinapatagal namin, para sa ganon na hindi ganon ang magiging impression nila.”
“We are thinking that if we pursue this now, the Kuwaiti government will think that it is a retaliatory move, which is why we are delaying it for the meantime, so we can avoid that impression.”
In the reports of Arabtimes , The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait led by Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa introduced the new Philippine Labour Attache to Kuwait, Atty Alex Padaen to the leaders of various Filipino organisations in Kuwait on Friday at the embassy premises.
“We are happy that finally we have a new labour attaché in Kuwait who can help us resolve cases of Filipinos in Kuwait, look into the welfare of OFWs and assure their well-being,” stated Villa.
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