Outraged over a recent killing of a Filipino maid, a partial ban on Filipino maids was imposed on Kuwait by Philippines authorities. The ban applies only to visa 20 (domestic helpers) for both new hires and ‘balik mangagawa’ (returning OFWs). All overseas employment certificates issued to domestic workers by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on or before 5 pm of Jan 3, 2020, shall be valid for deployment.
A Kuwait delegation will be visiting the Philippines to discuss the problem of domestic work due to the partial ban. Due to the ban, prices of hiring Filipino maids increased from KD 200 to KD 550 per maid and it also affected the prices of African, Indian and Sri Lankan maids. This has also lead to an increase in the number of black market workers.
The Philippine Labor Minister Sylvester Bello said that this partial ban is a clear message, and may lead to a total ban if justice is not done for Jeanelyn Villavende, the deceased.