Deal with Kuwait to provide 'maximum protection' for Filipino workers: Bello


Posted at Apr 13 2018 09:52 AM | Updated as of Apr 13 2018 11:33 AM

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MANILA - The agreement between Kuwait and the Philippines would provide "optimum and maximum" protection to the Filipino workers that will be going to the gulf state, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said Friday.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who earlier ordered a deployment ban to Kuwait, said he might personally fly to the Arab nation to witness the signing of the agreement.

Bello said the Kuwaiti government agreed to have the passports of the Filipino workers deposited in the Philippine Embassy for safekeeping, instead of turning it over to their employers.

They must also be granted a day off weekly, he said.

The labor attaches were also mandated to check on the workers every quarter to check on their welfare, said Bello.

Government data from 2013 said there are about 198,289 Filipinos working in Kuwait. After the death of OFW Joanna Demafelis, however, several workers opted to return home as airlines offered free trips upon Duterte's orders.