- President Rodrigo Duterte added a few more provisions in the draft of the MOU with Kuwait
- He urged that OFWs be given enough sleep, fed well and get to enjoy holidays
- The President again reiterated his message that the Filipinos are “not slaves”
President Rodrigo Duterte added a few provisions in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kuwaiti government to ensure the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
Speaking during the graduation rites of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) “Maragtas” Class of 2018, the President said he wanted to make sure Filipino workers get enough sleep, are fed well and get to enjoy holidays.
He was quoted by Rappler as saying, “I demanded that it will be a contract of government to government and that there will be some mandatory provisions like they should be allowed to sleep for 7 hours a day, fed nutritious food.”
He also added, “We will not allow leftovers to be eaten by our countrymen. Palutuin sila ng kanila.” [Let them cook food for themselves]
The President also reiterated that OFW should be respected. He said, “I have said that we are not slaves. Maybe our only fault is that we are poor.”
The deployment ban in Kuwait still stands until the Kuwait and the Philippine government agree to terms and condition to ensure protection of our OFW.