Duterte says deal with Kuwait on OFWs reached

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 12 2018 08:38 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he may fly to Kuwait to witness the signing of an agreement with the Kuwaiti government that will guarantee the security of Filipino domestic helpers in the Gulf state.

Duterte earlier banned the deployment of new Filipino workers to Kuwait following the death of domestic helper Joanna Demafelis allegedly at the hands of her employers.

The President then listed conditions for the Kuwaiti government with regard to the treatment of Filipino domestic helpers for the lifting of the deployment ban.

Duterte said Kuwait has already agreed to his demands, and that he may fly to the Arab nation to witness the signing of the agreement.

“I might go to Kuwait for the signing. I’ve made so many demands before we sign a contract. In fairness to the Kuwaiti government, pumayag sila,” he said in front of Filipinos in Hong Kong.

Majority of Filipinos in Hong Kong are domestic helpers. 

Among the demands of the President are for Kuwaiti employers to allow Filipino domestic helpers to have enough resting hours, enjoy holidays and rest days, possess cellphones, and keep their passports with them.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said a memorandum of understanding between Kuwait and the Philippines that would guarantee better treatment for Filipinos working in the Arab state may be signed in May.