MP Safa: Stop Sending Aid To Philippines

MP Safa Al-Hashem called foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid to stop sending aid to the Philippines as a response to the decision to stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait and to recruit labors from other countries, Al-Hashem also announced that she will file another proposal to ban on recruiting maids for expatriates as a response on a latest incident when police found a body of a Filipina maid inside a freezer at apartment when its tenants, a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife left Kuwait.

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Family Seeks Help to Find Missing OFW in Kuwait since 2015, Fears for her Safety after Case of OFW Found Dead Inside a Freezer

After every citizen of the country had been alarmed and the social media had been flooded by varied reactions from the people who were enraged with the death of Joanna Daniela Demafelis in Kuwait, another family of an OFW is seeking for help from the government.

According to Alyn MatusalemPomantoc from the Facebook group named OFW We are in the Middle East, a domestic helper named Rosalie IngoteDolliente who started to work in Kuwait in 2013 had not communicated with her family since 2015.

 

Rosalie’s family claimed that the last time they got in touched with her was during the last day of Ramadan 2015.  After that, she never contacted them. With what happened to Joanna, they are now worried about Rosalie’s safety.

The family is now appealing to the government so they may find their loved-one with fears that what happened to Joanna may become the same fate to Rosalie.

Meanwhile, in previous reports, President Rodrigo Dutertealready orderedLabor secretary Silvestre Bello III to bring home the distressed OFWs from Kuwait within 72 hours.

The president also assured that local airlines such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific will provide free transportation to bring home the affected OFWs.

The statement was made after President Duterte became very angry when the news about the OFW who was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait shocked the entire nation.

KUWAIT : Visa 18 Not Covered by Deployment Ban

For OFWs who might be feeling confused about deployment ban in Kuwait, a post on social media was made by the previous Consul General to Kuwait to serve as a guide and clarification of the said issue.

In the official Facebook account of Mr. Raul Dado, he gave two points to address the concerns of the OFWs who are affected by the deployment ban.

Mr. Dado wrote:

OFW KUWAIT DEPLOYMENT BAN

TO THE NUMEROUS QUERIES ON WHO IS AFFECTED BY THE DEPLOYMENT BAN :

  1. The President has ordered the Department of Labor that the ban will only affect Household Workers coming for the first time to Kuwait, not visa 18 or working visa holders;
  2. Household workers already in Kuwait and who do not suffer problems or abuses can also stay in Kuwait.

Apparently, the post means that Kuwait can still hire skilled workers and those domestic helpers who are in a vacation and desire to go back can still work with their previous employers in Kuwait because they are not be covered by the deployment ban.

 

For everyone’s guidance.

Meanwhile, 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 Today  Monday 12 of February 2018.

DOLE ORDERS TOTAL DEPLOYMENT BAN OF OFWS TO KUWAIT

Manila: The Philippine government on Monday signed the administrative order to completely ban the deployment of all workers to Kuwait, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced Monday, In pursuit of national interest, a total ban on deployment of all OFWs to Kuwait pursuant to the directive of the President is hereby enforced, Order takes effect immediately,” he said in a media briefing.

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DOLE to implement total deployment ban for all OFW’s going to Kuwait

The Department of Labor and Employment is mulling if they will still allow OFW vacationing in the Philippines to return to Kuwait.

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DOLE orders total OFW deployment ban to Kuwait

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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PANGILINAN: JUSTICE FOR EACH ABUSE VICTIM RATHER THAN TOTAL BAN

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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DOLE to impose total deployment ban, vacationing workers, aside from the new hires, will no longer be allowed to return to Kuwait

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

'TOTAL BAN ON FILIPINO DEPLOYMENT TO KUWAIT'; FAMILY OF SLAIN FILIPINA MAID SEEKS JUSTICE

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)

Kuwait Banks Club Champions League inaugurated in grand style.

KBC Officials Waleed Fouwaires (Abu Ahmad) & Hussein (Abu Ali) graced the inauguration accompanied by Kuwait Cricket Council Members headed by Mahmood Bastaki along with Sajid Ashraf, Rishi D Jayan, Harshith Vora, Sudhakar Shetty & Naveen Jayan.

Kuwait Cricket Sponsors Al Hafiz Co. MD Hafiz Muhammad Shabbir & Kuwait Swedish GM Asad Aleem Khan made special appearances to support the tournament and inauguration as Official Print Solutions Partner & Official Logistics Partner of Kuwait Cricket respectively.

CBK Team Captain & NBK Team Captain along with all the guests, officials and sponsors inaugurated the KBC Champions league by cutting the KBC - KC branded cake and unveiling of the prestigious trophy after which NBK team took on CBK at the picturesque doha entertainment city cricket ground .

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Expected to be arrested within the next two days because the Kuwaiti authorities had identified their address in Lebanon

 
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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