Kuwait to send delegation to Manila to negotiate MOU on labor policy that will protect OFWs

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• The Kuwaiti Ministry of Labor is sending a delegation to Manila
• The delegation will be carrying a copy of MOU on labor policy which will provide added protection to OFWs
• DOLE Sec. Bello and his Kuwaiti counterpart will sign the MOU

Kuwait is sending a delegation from its Ministry of Labor to Manila to negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on labor policy.

As per Manila Times, the labor policy will provide added protection to overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary, Silvestre Bello III, said he received the information that the Kuwait delegation is coming to Manila from Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Musaed Saleh AM Althwaikh who sent a formal letter.

The Kuwaiti labor delegation, which will be carrying the draft of the proposed MOU, is expected to arrive in the country in March.

Among the proposed provisions of the agreement is that the passports of OFWs will not be confiscated by their employers and that the workers will be allowed to use cellphones in order to communicate with their families and the government.

The MOU will be signed by DOLE Sec. Bello and his counterpart from Kuwait Ministry of Labor.

“It will be signed by me as secretary of labor and by my counterpart from the Kuwait Ministry of Labor,” Bello said; adding the signing would be done in Kuwait as per the request of the Kuwaiti ambassador.

The signing of the MOU is expected to pave the way for the lifting of the total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait.