The Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines, Musaed Saleh Althwaikh, requested to lift the deployment suspension issued by the President and the Department of Labor and Employment. However, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III denied the request last Saturday, January 27.
According to Secretary Bello, the rejection was issued by the President, Rodrigo Duterte. The ban was made to stop the deployment of Filipinos to Kuwait after the reports of abuses, particularly on Filipino household service workers.
Back to Her Family
The remains of the OFW, Vanessa Esguerra, who reported that she was being sexually harassed by her employer’s father is back to her family in the Philippines. The death of the OFW was reported as a suicide. However, the family and the government was not convinced since she died after reporting the alleged harassment.
Bello already requested for investigations and according to him, it will be completed in 15 days. However, during investigations, they found out that there is no accusation of maltreatment. There is still no confirmation whether what will happen to the OFWs who suffered violent deaths.
Rapid Reaction Team
The Labor secretary said that he will form and deploy a special rapid action team to further assess the situations of the Filipinos working in the Middle East. There were several reports of maltreatment not only in Kuwait but also in another country.
During an interview, a domestic helper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said that her employer sold her to another employer and she has not received her salary for three months.
Binenta po ako ng dati kong amo na walang nakalagay sa kontrata ko. Tatlong buwan na po akong hindi sinasahuran.
Natatakot na ako para sa buhay ko kung magtagal pa ako dito. Kasi kaunting mali ko lang, sinasampal na ako. Hinahampas kamay. Sinisipa pa sa likod.
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A lot of OFWs are now suffering at the hands of foreigners. Will the OFW ban solve these problems?