Monday, 10 December, 2018

President orders total ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait

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Ellis Copeland | 11 February, 2018, 07:05

"Either give me the space to air my sentiment or if I can not give the Filipino the face of a brutal victim, then I will resign", Duterte said.

The Philippine Association of Agencies for Kuwait (PHILAAK) made the statement a day after President Rodrigo Duterte lamented the case of a Filipino worker found dead, hidden in a freezer, in Kuwait.

He added, "The ban continues today and I don't know until what time".

"The Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere, and everywhere", Duterte said.

The labour department said they still have to thresh out other details, specifically on the workers that would be covered by the order.

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Just yesterday, the President fumed at the Kuwaiti government over the death of Joanna Daniela Dimapilis, a Filipino domestic helper whose body was found inside a freezer in an apartment which was abandoned for more than a year.

In a news conference earlier, Duterte said he would request flag carriers Philippine Airlines (PAL) 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".

Senator Cynthia Villar, who also advocates the protection of OFWs and their rights, said it is only fitting to halt the deployment of Filipinos in "countries where they will only be abused".

Duterte also ordered the repatriation within 72 hours starting on Friday of the estimated 10,000 "undocumented Filipinos" in Kuwait who want to get out of harm's way.

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"We will count our lives by the hours because apparently, every hour, there is a suffering and agony, brutality committed [on] Filipinos", the President said.

"Every unlawful physical injury inflicted on an OFW is an affront against us as a sovereign nation", he said.

"So no more dreams of deploying 'super maids" to other countries.

"Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse". In fact, there is a Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) class in welding.

He has been angered by stories of Filipinos in Kuwait being driven to suicide due to abuse.

"We are advocating for unity among all recruitment agencies and their adherence to a common standard of best and responsible practices throughout the industry", she said.

It said it is coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait regarding the special flight.

"We support the President's call to continuously ban the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait".

"When will this inhuman treatment of our Filipino workers end?"

"We support the President's ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait". He urged the goverment to provide jobs and livelihood assistance for returning workers.

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