Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed the Administrative Order to ban Deployment of OFW’s to Kuwait. 

DOLE clarified however, they will still have to study whether returning OFWs or "Balik Manggagawas" will be covered by order.

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Manila: Senator Francis Pangilinan said that it is better to serve justice to victims of abuse in Kuwait rather than imposing a total deployment ban, ” I think we should talk to with the Kuwaiti government, Pangilinan radio interview, Duterte on Friday night asked Filipinos in Kuwait to return home in 72 hours.

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Manila: The Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he will issue a new order on Monday imposing a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait.

Bellos said he was instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte to issue the order on the total deployment ban, separate from a previous order suspending the processing of new employment certificates.
"This time, what the president wanted is a total deployment ban," Bello said.

Vacationing Filipino workers, aside from the new hires, will no longer be allowed to return to Kuwait.
It was not clear yet if Filipinos currently working in Kuwait will be covered by the ban, Bello said other details of the deployment ban will be contained in the order the Department of Labor and Employment will release on Monday

Angered by report of her body found in Kuwait freezer, Duterte calls for assistance

Manila: The Philippines is set to ban the deployment of new Filipino workers to Kuwait from Monday, it was announced on Saturday.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue on Monday, February 12, a total deployment ban order of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, according to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

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“A formal order on total deployment ban will be issued by Secretary (Silvestre) Bello on Monday,” said DOLE Spokesperson Raul Francia told PNA on Saturday.

The DOLE official said they still have to thresh out other details, specifically on the workers that would be covered by the order.

“(Regarding new recruits), that has to be clarified in the order to be issued by the Secretary on Monday,” Francia said.

With this, he noted that the labor chief is set to meet with two airline companies, which both expressed willingness to help repatriate OFWs.

“He’s meeting with PAL and Cebu Pacific because they signified willingness to help,” Francia added.

He also explained that the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring home OFWs within 72 hours only covers workers who would like to come home, distressed workers and the 2,000 who applied for amnesty .

“Yung (order) to go home in 72 hours, that covers those who want to come home, it involves the 2,000 more or less na covered ng amnesty ng Kuwait. ‘Yung mga in distressed,” Francia added. 

Call for justice 

Meanwihle, the family of a slain overseas Filipina worker has called for justice and the immediate repatriation of her body to the Philippines. 

Outraged by report that her body was found in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered massive repatriation assistance to OFWs who want to leave Kuwait.

“I am appealing to the government, help us seek justice for my daughter’s death,” Eva Demafelis, mother of Joanna Daniela Demafelis, told ABS CBN network after she, her husband, and children arrived in Manila from their hometown in Iloilo, central Philippines on Saturday.

“I want her remains to be brought back to us immediately,” said Crisanto Demafelis, father of the slain OFW. She started working in Kuwait in 2014, to help her family and support her siblings, one of whom finished a course in criminology, family members said.

Communication with her family in Iloilo was regular during her first three months in Kuwait. In 2016, her contract was extended for another year. When no word came from her in February 2017, family members said they sought assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

OWWA is now processing papers for Demafelis’ insurance and burial coverage, including livelihood assistance for her family, an official said, adding that Filipino officials overseas did their best to locate Demafelis since 2017, but failed because her recruitment agency had closed its office.

The recruitment ban of OFWs to Kuwait will continue until the Philippine government finds the true causes of death of seven OFWs, including the case of Demafelis,” said Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello.

Meanwhile, tickets for 800 OFWs — mostly domestic helpers — have been booked. “They will be repatriated in batches from February 11 to 13,” said Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola, adding she was implementing Duterte’s order to assist all OFWs who want to return to the Philippines.

"Those who want to be repatriated, with or without money, I will ask PAL (Philippine Airlines) and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation. I want them out of the country (Kuwait) in 72 hours,” said Duterte in Davao City, southern Philippines on Friday.

“I am ready to take drastic steps that will help preserve Filipino life and limb. We do not intend to offend any government or anyone. But if a ban is what is needed, let it be so,” said Duterte.

“Why are all these guys (OFWs) suffering? They are there (abroad) because their children cannot go to school if they do not sacrifice. A family becomes dysfunctional once a mother or father works overseas,” said Duterte about sacrifices of Filipinos. He ordered for the arrest of the recruiters of OFWs who died in Kuwait; and human traffickers who try to send OFWs to Kuwait during the recruitment ban.

“The Filipino is no slave to anyone, anywhere and everywhere,” Duterte continued, “Every unlawful physical injury inflicted on an OFW is an injury I personally bear as the head of this republic. Every abuse committed against an OFW is an affront against us as a sovereign nation. I was reading this report (of abuses) complete with pictures while aboard the plane ... I could not stomach it. It is totally unacceptable to me. The bodies looked like they were fried or grilled.

“If my appearance ... (will solve the labour problems of OFWs in Kuwait), I might go (there),,, It’s a wait and see,” Duterte told reporters when asked about his response to Kuwait Ambassador to the Philippines Saleh Ahmad Al Thwaikh, who invited him (Duterte) last Wednesday to visit the Gulf state.

Demafelis was one of the seven OFWs who died in Kuwait, which prompted the Philippine government to order a recruitment ban to the Gulf State.

Numbers

  • Some 103 OFW died in Kuwait in 2017 and 82 in 2016.
  • Of the 260,000 OFWs in Kuwait, 170,000 are household service workers; 10,800 are undocumented.
  • A total of 10 million OFWs are based worldwide.

(With inputs from PNA)

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The Philippine authorities are preparing to return the body of the Filipino worker found last Wednesday inside Freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait, the Philippine Press Agency reported.

The head of the Employment and Employment Department Sylvester Bello said the body of 29-year-old Joanna Demavelis would be sent to the Philippines for further tests to determine the cause of the death. He said the body was identified by fingerprints.

Bello said the Kuwaiti authorities, in cooperation with Interpol, would arrest the Lebanese and his Syrian wife, whom the victim was working for. He said they were expected to be arrested within the next two days because the Kuwaiti authorities had identified their address in Lebanon.

President Rodrigo Duterti expressed his disgust at the death of Filipino workers and the inhuman treatment of Filipino workers in Kuwait.

Bello said the Philippine president was affected by the death of a large number of Filipinos, some of them from suicide.

For his part, said the Philippine Labor Minister: ready for the return of Filipino workers to Kuwait provided that Kuwait signed a new agreement of understanding that guarantees more rights for Filipino workers.

The bodies of the Filipino worker were discovered by the Kuwaiti authorities on Wednesday after more than a year in the Freezer apartment

The Kuwaiti Federation of Home Office Employers called on the government to stop the renewal and deportation of Filipino workers in response to the unjust accusation issued by the Philippine President to Kuwait and the Kuwaitis. 

"The decision was based on the body of the domestic worker who was found by the Kuwaiti authorities in one of the apartments that was inhabited by one of the Lebanese expatriates and his wife from the Syrian nationality," Fadel al-Sharaf Ashkani said in a statement in response to the Philippine president's position on stopping the sending of his workers to Kuwait. And that they have left the country since 2016 and committed the crime, why does the Philippine president punish Kuwait and the Kuwaitis for that? "

"Does the Philippine president want the angels to work with us to prevent individual crimes, or does the president want to have a Kuwaiti security guard guarding every Filipino expatriate? We know that there are abuses and something in the words of the President of the Philippines, but they are individual cases and not systematic as he wants to inspire the world »and thank the Kuwaiti diplomacy« but obviously there are other things, the Philippine president is trying to blackmail Kuwait and we will not accept that even at the expense of our interests . 

"We ask the Philippine president to withdraw his workers from Kuwait, not only domestic workers but also men in the civil sector. And we tell him not to talk about Kuwait has cases before the ICC. We also explain to him that the cessation of domestic labor to Kuwait from other countries is not due to ill-treatment, but because of the lack of agreements on domestic labor »

"Do not worry about domestic labor. Those who brought domestic labor after the brutal invasion of Kuwait can, God willing, re-recruit large numbers to cover the needs of the Kuwaiti market. We explain to everyone that the problem was caused by some owners of home offices who traveled to the Philippines three months ago, portrayed the situation incorrectly, and offered money and donations to the Ministry of Labor there and work for them, What they are doing is the result of greed. " 

"The reason for this problem is the irresponsible remarks of some office owners who often imagine that there are 400 domestic workers affected by the Philippine embassy," he said. "This is shameful, but they want to get the right to operate to market the recovered labor.

The trial of Imran began on the main suspect in the case of the girl Zainab Ansari in a prison in the city of Lahore, the capital of the Punjab province. Imran Ali, on Friday, before a court on terrorism issues to consider the case of the girl Zainab after the deadline for his arrest by police in the investigation, The decision to hold the trial inside the prison at the request of the Office of the Attorney General for reasons described as security.

During the hearing, the deputy prosecutor confirmed that the main suspect had confessed to his involvement in the rape and murder of the girl Zainab and seven other minor girls and asked the court to refer the suspect to judicial custody after the police had completed his investigation, as ordered by the court judge.

The trial is scheduled to start on Saturday and will be completed within a week. The indictment will be officially charged against Imran Ali in preparation for the start of the trial on a daily basis in accordance with the court's decision. The trial is scheduled to take place in a prison facility, And Imran Ali was placed in a special prison cell in view of his own security situation as a key suspect in the case.

Following President Duterte’s decision to totally ban deployment of Filipinos in Kuwait, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to issue a new order on Monday.

Sec. Bello III confirmed that the President had instructed him to announce his decision which is apart from the previous order when the processing of new employment certificates was suspended.

“This time, what the president wanted is a total deployment ban.”

Apparently, those workers who are in vacation aside from those that are newly-hired will not be allowed to go Kuwait.  However, it wasn’t clear if OFWs who are currently hired will be affected by the ban.

 

On Monday, the Department of Labor and Employment thru Sec. Bello III is expected to enlighten the workers regarding other details pertaining to the new order.

It was last Friday when President Duterte asked the Filipinos to go back to the Philippines within 72 hours and even asked the local airlines to arrange flights for their repatriation.

However, it wasn’t clear whether the time given will take effect the moment the new order will be released on Monday.

The weekend witnessed large crowd at the Indian Embassy in Kuwait, who had come to seek support of the Amnesty declared by the Kuwaiti Government. More than 2500 people came to seek Emergency Certificate to leave the country utilising the amnesty scheme.

The Amnesty is open to people from January 29th till February 22nd during this time, any residency violators can leave the country without paying fine or correct the status by paying the fine. Those leaving the country during amnesty can return back to Kuwait later on a valid visa. During this period Indian Embassy is working in three shifts including the weekend Friday and Saturday to cater to the large number of applicants to make use of this scheme. 

The crowd appreciated the efforts put forward by Indian Embassy to serve the community at this need of the hour. People also appreciated and congratulated the sincere services of many Indian associations who extend laudable services to the unfortunate Indians. The crowd also appreciated the Indian Embassy Officials and staff for their dedicated service to the society at these needy hours. The embassy officials and the staff are on service through the day including weekend to serve the needy during the amnesty period.

Indian Embassy also arranges the service of Emigration Officials at the Embassy premise to fasten the issuance of Emergency Certificate process. Officers from Emigration department visits Indian Embassy to take the finger prints of these who don’t have any official record available. However they refused the rumours and clarified that this finger printing will not result in any sort of blacklisting. The Indian Embassy is issuing the Emergency Certificate after it’s stamped by the Emigration department. All these process helped the applicant in big way as otherwise the applicant has to do all these steps at the Emigration office in Farwaniya. 

Various community organisations opened help desk to provide assistances to the people. The Volunteers of these community associations are providing necessary assistance in collecting the application, distributing Emergency Certificate etc which is of great help to bot the people and the Embassy officials. 

Many Community organisations also came forward to distribute water, Juices, and basic Medical support to the crowd at the Embassy premises. 

Taxi Driver's Association 'Yatra Kuwait' also came forward to provide free services to various destinations to those who are coming to collect Emergency Certificate from Indian Embassy. About 600 taxis began free services at the Embassy at the sea shore parking area on the Arabian Gulf Street from 4th February onwards.

Several associations also offering free air ticket to deserving people to travel back to India on Emergency Certificate. Meanwhile, Jazeera Airline and Indian Airline announces discounted rate for people who availing amnesty scheme to travel to various destinations in India.

The Amnesty is declared after long gap of seven years and there won’t be any extension of this amnesty period, official urges all undocumented Indians to make use of this scheme and leave the country without paying the fine so that they can come back to Kuwait on a valid visa. The amnesty period will end on February 22nd It is to be noted that from February 23rd the government machinery will be closed for the national day holidays and the chances of extension of this amnesty is nil.