Philippines Lifts Total Deployment Ban On Kuwait

Filipina workers returning home from Kuwait arrive at Manila International Airport on February 18, 2018. After a horrific murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, hundreds of such women are now streaming back home, recounting their abuse and hardship-- but also saying they are ready to work abroad again. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Filipino household service workers (HSWs) can once again travel to Kuwait for employment after a temporary ban was lifted by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Philippines Labor Secretary, Silvestre Bello III, announced on Thursday, February 13, that the move comes after the Kuwait government agreed to introduce new employment contract beneficial to the Filipino workers, GMA News Online quoted radio-news channel Super Radyo dzBB report.

The deployment ban partially lifted last February after the Kuwait government charged the employers of slain Filipino worker, Jeanelyn Villavende. The ban was completely lifted after the new employment was agreed upon by Kuwait.

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The Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment said in a statement that under the new contract, Filipino workers will be allowed to take one day off with pay each week, working and sleeping hours will be decided, and employers will no longer be allowed to transfer their Filipino workers to a different employer without prior written consent from the Philippines’ Labor Attache in Kuwait.

While the other provisions in the new contract remain the same.

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