Bello set to announce total deployment ban of OFWs in Kuwait
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is expected to announce on Monday a total deployment ban on overseas Filipino workers bound for Kuwait, according to Raul Francia, spokesperson of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
In an interview won Saturday, Francia said the DOLE secretary arrived at the decision on Saturday, pursuant to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.
According to Francia, what is presently in place is a suspension of the issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs) to Kuwait-bound OFWs.
“What the labor secretary issued before was a suspension of OEC processing, But this time, what the President wanted is a total ban on deployment,” he said.
The formal order will include the details of the coverage of the total deployment ban.
Francia added that Bello would also meet with officials of two major airlines, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, on the repatriation of distressed OFWs from Kuwait.
He said the two major airlines had expressed their willingness to help the OFWs come home.
“The order to send home distressed OFWs covers those who want to come home to the Philippines, or around 2,000 distressed OFWs,” Francia said.