Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople has ordered the review of the bilateral labor agreement between Philippines and Kuwait, following the killing of Jullebee Ranara in the emirate.
“Ang direktiba ni Secretary Toots ay napapanahon nang irepaso, to revisit, review itong bilateral labor agreement na ito at paigtingin ang proteksiyon sa mga OFWs (overseas Filipino workers),” DMW Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said in a media forum on Saturday, according to a Palace statement.
The remains of slain Kuwait-based OFW Ranara arrived in the Philippines Friday evening.
Aside from the bilateral labor agreement, the DMW will also look into the recruitment process and standards in a bid to provide more protection for overseas workers, the Palace statement added.
“Pinatitingnan din ni Secretary Toots iyong recruitment standards para paigtingin iyong safe and ethical recruitments standards para sa mga OFWs to Kuwait na masiguro natin, halimbawa, iyong mga agencies with clean track records lamang ang makakapag-deploy ng mga OFWs to Kuwait,” Cacdac said.
“So, mayroon ngayong direktiba na tingnan din, suriin din ang sistema ng pagri-recruit para mas lalong protektado ang mga OFWs to Kuwait.”
The bilateral labor agreement, which was signed in 2018, expired in May 2022 and was automatically renewed due to the automatic renewal clause, according to the DMW undersecretary.
Cacdac said there are currently 268,000 Filipinos in Kuwait, where 195,000 are working as domestic workers.
The DMW assured it is working to provide assistance for the family of Ranara.
“Ipinag-utos na rin ni Secretary Toots ang agarang pagbibigay ng assistance sa mga naiwan in terms of entitlements nila under the OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration), and under mandatory insurance proceeds para matulungan na po iyong pamilya ni Jullebee Ranara,” said Cacdac.
Cacdac said that the Kuwaiti government has vowed that justice will be delivered to the OFW’s family.