Philippine Embassy in Kuwait
KUWAIT – The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait has resumed accepting applications for household service workers in the Gulf State on Monday, June 4.
“Beginning today 4th of June 2018 our Labor Office or POLO will start accepting deployment documents of domestic worker visa 20 workers for processing,” said Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Mohd. Noordin Pendosina N. Lomondot in an interview Monday at the POLO office in Al-Siddeeq, Kuwait.
Lomondot said they already received from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in Manila the guidelines on the resumption of the deployment of domestic workers to the Gulf State following the implementation of Administrative Order 254-a signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III which officially lifted the deployment ban on domestic helpers to Kuwait.
The POEA guidelines are in accordance with the agreement on employment of domestic workers signed by the two countries on May 11, 2018. According to the guideline, a household service worker applicant should pass training from a POEA-accredited institution and should undergo orientation on the law, customs, and traditions of Kuwait.
One new and important addition to the guidelines is the capacity of the employer to pay the proper amount of compensation.
“May isang requirement na nadagdag. Iyan iyong employer’s proof of capacity to pay salary of the domestic worker. We will be meeting all the recruitment agencies so we could agree on what kind of proof they will be requiring (from the employer,)” said Labor Attaché Resty Dela Fuente.
He added that the Philippine Recruitment Agencies (PRA) were directed to adhere to the POEA guidelines and help the government in its implementation.
The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait also expects more personnel to efficiently assist all 260,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the State of Kuwait wherein around 150,000 of the said number work as household service workers.
Meanwhile, Lomondot conveyed the Kuwaiti government’s appreciation of the positive developments in its labor cooperation and diplomatic relations with the Philippines.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait through the office of the Deputy Foreign Minister expressed appreciation of this new development which is considered a good step for the two countries to move forward and re-strengthen their friendly bilateral relationship,” he said.
The Philippine Embassy and Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs are constantly holding joint meetings to further discuss the provisions and the implementation of the signed memorandum of understanding. – Mylene Soriano / Marje Pelayo