WATCH: Pilipinas at Kuwait nag kasundo na para proteksyunan ang mga OFWs!

Good news for our Kuwaiti OFWs. Their stay in Kuwait will be a lot better now since Philippines and Kuwait have finally approved the draft of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the protection of Filipino workers in the Gulf state.

Good news for our Kuwaiti OFWs. Their stay in Kuwait will be a lot better now since Philippines and Kuwait have finally approved the draft of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the protection of Filipino workers in the Gulf state.

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said labor officials of both countries agreed to sign the document in two weeks.

He said the two-day long bilateral talks in Manila ended with the parties agreeing on contentious issues involving passports and employment contracts.

But in a later interview, Bello said: “Contentious issues were resolved, no more deadlock.”

He said the signing will most likely happen in Kuwait.

The conditions that were agreed upon by both parties are:

Minimum Salary of $400 / month
At least eight hours per day rest hours.
Passports must be held by the OFW or it can be kept by the Philippine Embassy.
OFWs must have the right to have a mobile phone.
OFWs must only work in only one household.
Employment contracts of the OFWs would be based on Philippines laws and not Kuwait’s.
Salary of the workers should be deposited in a bank
The employer must present a written consent from OFWs before they can be transferred to another employer.
This is the latest development in the government’s fight for better protection of overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait.

The signing of the deal was one of the conditions President Rodrigo Duterte had set out to lift the deployment ban to Kuwait.

The ban had been enforced following the death of worker Joanna Demafelis, whose body was found in a freezer last March.

Bello said there is no guarantee the ban will be lifted once the MOU is signed because Duterte previously said he also wants justice for Demafelis before sending new hires to Kuwait.

Prior to the ban, Kuwait was a top destination for Filipino workers, with around 240,000 working there in 2016. The latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data show remittances from Kuwait from January to November 2017 amounted to $735 million (P37.5 billion).

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