THE Department of Labor and Employment has ordered the recall of the labor attache in Kuwait for negligence and lack of concern for the welfare of overseas Filipino workers there.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued a recall order for Angelita Narvaez, acting labor attache to Kuwait, following the death of another household service worker who was reportedly beaten to death by her employers last week.
“I issued a recall order to Narvaez for her inaction and lack of concern for our overseas Filipino workers,” he said.
The death of Amy Capulong Santiago came on the heels of the execution by hanging of OFW Jakatia Pawa, 44, who was accused of killing her employer's 22-year-old daughter.
Bello said Narvaez did not inform him of Santiago’s case when he flew to Kuwait after concluding the third round of talks with the CPP-NPA-NDF in Rome, Italy.
“Santiago died on Jan. 25. I was there on Jan. 26 and Narvaez did not inform me about Santiago’s tragic fate. Narvaez, in effect, misled the Secretary of the Department of Labor by concealing that information,” he stressed.
The labor chief also rebuked Narvaez for deliberately preventing him from meeting the OFWs at the Bahay Kalinga.
“I was told by an OFW who returned from Kuwait that there were about 100 Filipino workers who were at the second floor. Itinago niya,” he said.
Bahay Kalinga or the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center is used as a temporary shelter for overseas Filipinos in distress and is located within the premises and under the administrative jurisdiction of the Philippine Embassy in countries where there are large concentrations of Filipino migrant workers.
Narvaez will face investigation by the labor department’s International Labor Affairs Bureau, her mother office, upon her return.
In a related development, Bello said he had discussed the situation of the HSWs in Kuwait with Ambassador Musaed Saleh Ahmal Althwaikh during the latter’s visit at the DoLE office.
Although he did not disclose the agreements reached during the visit, Bello said that the conversation was “very frank and congenial.”
“The meeting was very conducive and good for the labor relationship of the Philippines and Kuwait,” he added.