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DOLE studying wider OFW ban

THE Department of Labor and Employment is studying the possibility of declaring a ban on deployment of Filipino workers to countries other than Kuwait, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

“Pinag-aaralan na rin po ng Department of Labor kung may iba pang bansa na dapat itigil ang deployment ng ating mga mamamayan,” Roque said at a press conference at the Legislative Building in Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte yesterday.

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte said he may opt to expand the coverage of the deployment ban to other countries that treat Filipino workers unfairly.

Earlier in February, the DOLE ordered a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait days after the body of Joanna Demafelis was found in a freezer in an abandoned apartment unit.

“Ang desisyon ng Presidente, huwag muna magpadala ng ating mga kababayan sa Kuwait hanggang ‘di pa po nabibigyan ng katarungan si Joanna,” Roque said.
    
“Sa ngayon po, ang mabuting balita ‘yung dalawang employers ni Joanna ay naaresto na ng Kuwait police sa tulong ng Interpol at ‘yung dalawang recruiters sumurender na rin sa NBI,” he said.
    
“Tuluy-tuloy naman po ang proseso ng pagkamit ng katarungan, pero sa panandalian po, wala pa tayong deployment sa Kuwait,” Roque said.

As of this writing, Demafelis is being laid to rest in her home province of Iloilo.