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