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PHL Embassy in Kuwait reminds undocumented workers of amnesty program deadline on Feb 22

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

Illegal or undocumented workers in Kuwait have until February 22 to take advantage of the amnesty program that the Kuwaiti government is offering.

The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait has issued the advisory to all undocumented OFWs, warning them of the massive crackdown that the Kuwaiti government will enforce against illegal workers or aliens.

The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry has issued the circular on January 29 extending the amnesty program only until February 22.

Under the program, all overstaying migrant workers will be allowed exit without suffering fines or penalties.

Illegal workers, on the other hand, will be given the chance to process their documents so they can stay in the country legally.

“Pag umalis kayo under na amnesty period ay maari pa kayong bumalik ng Kuwait… walang ban sa pagbalik sa Kuwait… ngunit kung abutan kayo ng crackdown ikukulong kayo at may lifetime ban sa pagbalik sa Kuwait,” Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait, Renato Pedro T. Villa said.

( Translation: If you leave within the amnesty period, you may still return ti Kuwait…there is no ban on returning to Kuwait…but if the crackdown catches up with you, you will be jailed and banned for life from returning to Kuwait.)

Based on Kuwaiti government data, the number undocumented Filipino workers in the country has already reached a little less than 11,000.

Most of them are domestic helpers who often fall prey to illegal recruitment or have expired working visas.

However, the Philippine Embassy has only received around 300 applications for the amnesty program.

Once these applications are given clearance by the Kuwaiti government, they will be allowed to go home.

The Department of Foreign Affairs had also sent auxiliary personnel to assist the OFWs in the processing of their amnesty program applications. – Bert Cerudo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Filipino workers in high demand in Kuwait

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

 

Overseas Filipino workers arrive home from the Middle East (PHOTOVILLE International)

KUWAIT – The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait reported the overwhelming increase in the number of job orders from Kuwaiti employers for overseas Filipino workers in the Gulf State.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the total deployment ban on Filipino workers to Kuwait and finally signed a labor agreement ensuring the protection of OFWs.

“Hindi po bumababa sa 40 hanggang 50 na mga bagong employer ang nagsasadya sa embahada, dito po sa POLO, upang magpa-proseso ng kanilang mga dokumento,” attested Labor Attache Resty Dela Fuente.

Dela Fuente said they have been very strict when it comes to the screening of job order applications in consideration with the provisions set in the labor agreement on the security and safety of Filipino workers, especially the household helpers.

The agreement states that Kuwaiti employers shall allow Filipino domestic helpers to have enough resting hours, possess cellphones, enjoy holidays and rest days, and keep their passports with them.

However, Dela Fuente clarified that the two governments are still discussing and finalizing some more details in order to expedite the processing of applications of Filipino workers to the Gulf State.

“Talagang nagkakaroon ng mga kaunting mga adjustment pa. Nagiging bukas bawat isa. Sinasabi sa ating ng mga employer, sinasabi rin ng kanilang pamahalaan kung ano yung dapat pang i-improve,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) directed Foreign Recruitment Agencies (FRAs) to observe proper recruitment guidelines in accepting applications for Filipino household service workers.

“Para din po yun sa safety ng mga manggagawa ay ma-secure natin lalong lalo na po yung household service workers na kababaihan, alam na po natin nasa Muslim country kaya dapat may proteksyon…dapat isama na rin more training at wag po i-deploy ang hindi po nakapag-training,” said Ana Del Mundo, vice chair of the Philippine Society of Marketing Specialist Kuwait.

Despite the positive developments, Del Mundo said it is still necessary for the Philippine government to send an ambassador who will maneuver the actions of the embassy in further protecting the Filipinos in Kuwait.

“Ang role ng isang ambassador ay isang ama ng lahat ng Filipino dito… Hindi ba po mas effective ang isang tahanan kung may ama dahil siya ang guide? Siya ang navigator,” concluded Del Mundo.

The Philippine-Kuwait labor agreement on OFW protection suffered intense setbacks following a diplomatic row between the two governments over a controversial rescue mission of some distressed OFWs.

President Duterte has not yet appointed a new ambassador to Kuwait after the latter declared former Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa a persona non grata in line with the controversy. – Mylene Soriano / Marje Pelayo

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POLO-Kuwait resumes accepting DH applications but with additional requirement

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

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

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Duterte thanks Kuwait, says ‘We’re okay now’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

 

President Rodrigo Duterte

 

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was pleased to announce that the Philippines’ is “okay now with Kuwait.”

This, after a controversial rescue mission of distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the Gulf State induced an unwanted episode in the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

The President thanked the Kuwaiti government for signing the labor agreement on the protection of OFWs in their country.

“I’d like to thank officially the Kuwait government for giving us these conditions, which would better place in a more —  maski konting kaligayahan lang naman sa mga OFWs (at least provide a little happiness to OFWs),” the President said during the Philippine Navy’s 120th anniversary on Tuesday, May 22.

Mr. Duterte expressed appreciation to Kuwait for granting several conditions he set for the protection of OFWs which include a day off once a week.

The signing of the agreement prompted the President to order the total lifting of deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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