Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a total ban on sending Filipino workers to Kuwait amid widespread abuses of the workers by their employers, according to The Manila Times Online.
In his address during The Manila Times’ 7 th Business Forum at Marco Polo Hotel late Friday, President Duterte reconfirmed his order to Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello 3 rd to help all Filipino workers in Kuwait who want out of the country within
the next 72 hours.
But Bello, in a text message to reporters, explained that the 72 nd deadline for Overseas Filipino Workers to leave Kuwait would take effect after an executive order declaring the ban.
Duterte said he made the decision to repatriate OFWs in Kuwait following the discovery of the body of Filipino domestic worker Joanna Daniela Dima pilis in a freezer inside an abandoned apartment in Kuwait.
The remains of the worker were believed to have been stored in the freezer for more than a year.
The president said he could not stomach the persistent abuses that had pushed some Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait to commit suicide.
Kuwait is a top destination for Filipino workers. There are now more than 250,000 Filipinos in the Gulf state.
Senator Cynthia Villar said on Saturday that instead of working in Kuwait, Filipinos could find jobs in local construction projects as “welders”, saying there were many job opportunities in the country.
“Women can also become welders. In fact, there is a Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) class in welding,” said Villar.