MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment clarified that overseas Filipino workers with plane tickets for Kuwait and an overseas employment certificate are exempted from the deployment suspension to the host country.
“Those who already have their plane tickets and OECs are not covered by the suspension of deployment,” Raul Francia, head of the information and publication service of DOLE, said.
The DOLE official said only those with OECs and plane tickets would be allowed to leave for the Arab nation, adding that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration would no longer process OECs for workers bound for host country in the Middle East.
“Once all the OFWs with OECs have been deployed, there will (be) no more deployment to Kuwait since the POEA is no longer processing OECs,” he said.
On Friday, DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed Administrative Order No. 25, suspending the deployment of Filipino workers to the said country.
The order, which was effective immediately, was issued in the midst of the deaths of seven OFWs there.
The seven Pinoy workers who died in Kuwait were identified as Liezl Truz Hukdong, Vanessa Karissha Esguerra, Marie Fe Saliling Librada, Arlene Castillo Manzano, Devine Riche Encarnacion, Patrick Sunga, and Mira Luna Juntilla, the department said.
During the launching of the Overseas Filipino Bank Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is mulling a total deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait, particularly household workers, following reports of sexual abuses.*PNA
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