By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a resolution on Friday on the partial deployment ban for newly hired domestic workers to Kuwait effective immediately.
Governing Board Resolution 01, Series of 2020, reads, in part:
“With the recent reported cases of maltreatment and deaths involving OFWs (overseas foreign workers) in Kuwait, specifically the death of OFW Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, the DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) Secretary (Silvestre Bello III), after consulting DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr and Undersecretary Brigido Dulay, issued a memorandum dated January 2, 2020 to POEA to immediately convene the Governing Board for the immediate issuance of a partial deployment ban involving Visa 20 (domestic workers) new hires and “balik manggagawa” (returning workers).
“The said memorandum also instructed the POEA to include a moratorium on the processing and verification of individual contracts and additional job order for the same category of workers.
“Now therefore, the POEA Governing Board…resolves to adopt the said memorandum and effect a deployment ban for newly hired domestic workers to Kuwait effective immediately.”
According to the resolutions, a moratorium on the verification, accreditation, and processing of individual contracts and job orders for the same category of workers shall also be implemented.
“Resolved further, that all overseas employment certificates for the same category of workers bound for Kuwait issued on or before 5 p.m. of Jan. 3, 2020 shall be valid for deployment,” it also reads.