House panel seeks temporary ban on OFW deployment to Kuwait


Posted at Sep 30 2017 05:50 PM

MANILA - The House of Representatives’ committee on overseas workers affairs has called for a temporary ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait due to increasing reports of maltreatment and abuses.

This after the committee approved earlier this week Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo’s motion for a moratorium after receiving cases of distressed household service workers (HSW) in Kuwait.

In a statement, the House said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Foreign Affairs had the mandate to implement the ban.

The committee said the deployment ban, if enforced, could be lifted once the welfare and protection of OFWs in Kuwait are assured.

ACTS OFW Party-list Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III earlier filed House Resolution No. 558, which seeks an investigation into the “repeated demand of Filipino organizations in Kuwait for a ban or moratorium on HSW deployment.”

In January, the DOLE said it was studying the implementation of a moratorium on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait, following the execution of a Filipina worker.