Philippines Embassy in Kuwait
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has confirmed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait recently summoned Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Pedro Villa.
The Kuwaiti government, according to Cayetano, wanted to make sure that the efforts of the Philippine diplomatic staff to rescue distressed Filipino workers in the Gulf state are in accordance with the Kuwaiti law and that the Philippines is not abusing its labor system.
Cayetano said there is an urgent need to rescue all distressed OFWs in Kuwait due to incidents of serious abuses and threats. He made sure his department is moving in coordination with the Kuwaiti authorities.
“Kasi these are cases na may grave danger at pwedeng life or death ang pinag-uusapan sa OFW… kapag hinintay mo ang normal process, may katagalan,” Cayetano explained.
(There are cases that involve grave danger and potentially life threatening for the OFW…if you wait for the normal process, it will take time.)
Nevertheless, the secretary believes the misunderstanding between the two countries will soon be settled.
“We will do our best to clarify all of these and to assure our friendship with the Kuwait government and that our people there are safe. In the same manner that we’re assuring them na ang (that their) national state nila dito sa Pilipinas (in the Philippines) will be kept safe and will be protected,” he said.
Cayetano also stressed the importance of listening to the concerns of the Kuwaiti government before signing the bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait and also before lifting the total ban on employment of OFWs in the Gulf state.
Cayetano will meet with Ambassador Villa to further verify the situation of OFWs in Kuwait in connection with the issue. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue
2 Filipino workers killed in Saudi fire
Google Map: Saudi Arabia
Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were killed in a blaze that struck their construction site in Saudi Arabia early Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement released Monday.
The victims were identified as Jessie Alata Pacetes and Reynaldo Barroga Castro, both heavy equipment drivers and operators employed by a major Saudi construction company that was working on a road project in Najran.
Consul General Edgar Badajos said the two victims died in their sleeping quarters at their jobsite located some 60 kilometers from Najran.
The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed its sympathies to the families of the victims.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of our two kababayan who lost their lives in the tragedy,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said after he was informed of the incident.
He added that the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has sent a team in Najran to work out arrangements with the employer for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victims and secure whatever benefits that are due them.
Although the fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring, the Philippine Consulate is seeking confirmation from local authorities on the real cause of the fire. — UNTV News & Rescue
PHL totally lifts OFW deployment ban to Kuwait
FILE PHOTO: Overseas Filipino workers
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 16, directed Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to totally lift the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the directive was in line with the recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o.
In a text message to UNTV, the Labor Secretary confirmed that he received the order from the President though he did not give further details.
Last week, the Philippine government ordered the partial lifting of the ban on skilled and semi-skilled workers to Kuwait following the signing of the agreement on the protection of Filipino workers in the Gulf State. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Russia eyes model employment contract for OFWs
(L-R) Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
MOSCOW, Russia – The Russian government is considering the creation of an agreement with the Philippines on the welfare and protection of Overseas Filipino Workers.
During his visit to Moscow, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday, May 15, announced the positive developments in his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Cayetano confirmed that the Russian government is open to having a labor agreement with the Philippines.
“Sa aking hinahangaan na si Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sapagkat sinabi niya, very positive iyong answer niya and in fact, mamadaliin nila ang isang model employment contract na makakatulong sa lahat ng kababayan natin sa Russia,” Cayetano said.
(I admire Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for his positive response. In fact, they will rush the creation of a model employment contract that will help our fellow Filipinos in Russia.)
Cayetano expressed gratitude to the Russian government for the warm welcome extended to the Philippine delegation.
Before he left, Cayetano conveyed his message to the Filipino community in Russia:”Basta po sa OFWs, for Filipinos abroad anywhere, anytime, we will fight for you,” he concluded — Ronald De Guzman / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue