Philippines lifted its deployment ban to Kuwait



The Philippines lifted its deployment ban to Kuwait, as the two governments reached an agreement for better working conditions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said Thursday.This new development covers the deployment of household service workers, whose deployment were still prohibited even when the country partially lifted the deployment ban on workers to Kuwait. “So now they can send all, household service workers, semi-skilled workers, skilled workers and professionals,” Bello told .

Among the conditions met by the Kuwaiti government is the filing of charges against Jeanelyn Villavende’s employers. Bello also said the Kuwaiti government has agreed on a harmonized standard employment contract for overseas Filipino workers. With the new contract, employers are barred keeping the passport of their workers.The workers will also be allowed to use their mobile phones after work. They are also entitled to a day off with pay. Working hours and the hours for sleep should also be indicated in the contracts. Workers will also be prohibited to transfer to another employer without the written consent of the Philippine Labor Attache in Kuwait.-A.T.