Congress Approves Motion on Temporary Ban Of Domestic Workers to Kuwait

A temporary ban on deployment of Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait is looming as the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs has approved a motion regaring the matter, a report from The Manila Times said.

The motion was raised by Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo during a briefing held last week by the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration at the House of Representatives.

In a hearing, Committee vice-chairman and Nueva Ecija Representative Estrellita Suansing and ACTS OFW party-list Representative Aniceto Bertiz III cited several cases of Filipino domestic worker abuse in Kuwait.

The Department of Labor and Employment had earlier mulled over a moratorium on deploying Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf state.

The ban, according to the Committee, would be implemented by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Labor and Employment and other associated agencies.

Ako Bicol Party-List Rep. Rodel Batocabe said the DFA should set standards for for the deployment ban.

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