Kuwait reiterates commitment to protect OFWs, DFA says


Posted at Apr 24 2018 02:16 AM | Updated as of Apr 24 2018 01:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Ambassador of Kuwait to the Philippines Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City. Presidential photo

MANILA - The Kuwaiti government on Monday night reiterated its commitment to ensure the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Kuwaiti Ambassador Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh met President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City "to discuss concerns of OFWs and other sensitive issues" between the two nations, according to a DFA statement early Tuesday morning.

The Philippine government, meanwhile, "gave renewed assurances of our respect for the sovereignty of the State of Kuwait and the dignity of the Kuwaiti people."

"We also agreed to continue to work together to address matters of mutual concern and will update the public of developments," the DFA said.

"We, however, would like to appeal for the public’s kind understanding as we ask for some diplomatic space to allow us to continue our engagement with our Kuwaiti counterparts."

The DFA is optimistic that the remaining issues between the Philippines and Kuwait will be resolved after Monday's meeting.

Duterte earlier ordered a deployment ban to Kuwait following the death of domestic helper Joanna Demafelis allegedly at the hands of her employers.

A memorandum of understanding between Kuwait and the Philippines that would guarantee better treatment for OFWs may be signed in May.