PH-Kuwait talks on OFWs going well

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has said it will only recommend the signing of bilateral labor agreement and the subsequent lifting of deployment ban in Kuwait if more pragmatic measures could be included to ensure the welfare of thousands of overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state.

In a statement, the DFA welcomed the progress being made in negotiations for a bilateral labor agreement with Kuwait.

“Our negotiations with Kuwait have so far been going well but we need to put in place more practical measures that would ensure the safety and welfare of our kababayans working there,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.

Cayetano commended officials from the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) for convincing their Kuwaiti counterparts to agree to the conditions laid down by President Duterte shortly after he declared a ban on the deployment of new workers to the Gulf state.

The Secretary said the negotiating panel led by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Ambassador Renato Villa were able to secure Kuwait’s commitment that would guarantee Filipino domestic workers a minimum monthly salary of KD120.00; rest hours of at least eight hours per day; possession of their passports and mobile phones; and limiting their work to only one household.