'Pwede na ulit': Salo thanks Kuwait for lifting ban on issuance of entry visas to OFWs 

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  • Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo has praised the government of Kuwait following its decision to lift the ban on the issuance of entry visas and worker visas to Filipinos.

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Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo has praised the Kuwait government following its decision to lift the ban on the issuance of entry visas and worker visas to Filipinos. 

Salo, the erstwhile chairman of the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs, also thanked Philippine officials for their efforts that led to the lifting of the ban. 

The Kuwait government led by First Deputy Prime Minister and concurrent Minister of Defense and Interior, His Excellency Fahad Yousuf Saud Al-Sabah and Philippine officials led by Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Undersecretary Bernard Olalia and Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Jose "Pepe" Cabrera issued a joint statement on Sunday, June 24 on the resumption of the recruitment of Filipino workers. 

The recruitment of domestic workers who have previously worked abroad was also allowed. 

"We thank His Excellency Fahad and the Kuwait government for opening their doors to Filipinos to be able to work in Kuwait," stated Salo. 

"I also thank the DMW led by Secretary Hans Cacdac and the Philippine Embassy Officials in Kuwait for ensuring that appropriate measures are in placed that will provide greater protection to our OFWs while working in Kuwait. Such protection will ensure that our OFWs' overseas journey will become worthwhile," he added. 




The lifting of the ban is consistent with the commitment made by Fahad to the Philippine delegation led by Salo when they paid a courtesy call to the Kuwaiti leader last June 13 during a consultation with overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). 

A joint technical working group committee composed of competent authorities from both the Philippines and Kuwait was also established. The committee will periodically meet to address employment-related issues that may arise in the future. 

During his trip, Salo had also the opportunity to visit the shelter established by Kuwait for runaway workers. 

He was able to talk to most of the OFWs living in the shelter, numbering around 120, who were awaiting repatriation to the Philippines. Salo noted that the OFWs, including 21 children, were properly taken care of by the Kuwait government.