DOLE mulls deployment ban to Kuwait as another Filipina is killed

Published May 17, 2019, 9:55 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Analou De Vera

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is studying the possibility of reimposing a deployment ban of household service workers (HSW) in Kuwait.

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III, in a press briefing for the Philippine media delegation at the Orchard Hotel in Singapore on April 27, 2018, announces that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to reveal a course of action on the issue concerning the migrant workers in Kuwait. (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ PRESIDENTIAL FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

This after as a 47-year-old Filipina worker in Kuwait, identified as Constancia Lago Dayag, died from the hands of her employer.

“It’s an option,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III when asked if his department will reimpose the deployment ban in the Gulf state.

Earlier, the labor chief vowed to seek justice for the death of Dayag.

“I am taking the Kuwaiti government to task for the gruesome death of yet another Filipino worker in the hands of her employer in Kuwait,” said Bello.

“Aside from apparent violation of the agreement on the protection of OFWs (overseas Filipino workers) between our government and Kuwait, there appears to have been a breach of the employment contract by the foreign employer,” he added.

To note, the Philippine government imposed a deployment ban in Kuwait last year amid reported deaths and abuses of OFWs in the Gulf state. The ban was eventually lifted after both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that further strengthen the protection of Filipino workers in Kuwait.

Meanwhile, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said that they will provide financial aid to Dayag’s family.

“We will provide death and burial benefits, as well as livelihood and scholarship support. One of her children is still studying in school,” said Cacdac in a text message.

 
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