• Sen. Joel Villanueva urged DOLE to have a contingency plan should the country stop deploying OFWs to Kuwait
• Pres. Duterte threatened to withdraw OFWs from Kuwait because of abuse from employers
• Villanueva urged other government agencies to double their efforts in protecting OFWs
A senator called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to prepare a contingency plan in the event that a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait is ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Senator Joel Villanueva chair of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development made the call to DOLE following President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent pronouncements regarding the issue.
The President, in a speech before leaving for India to attend a summit, threatened he would withdraw Filipino workers from Kuwait if another worker dies from abuse.
“We support the President’s deployment ban to Kuwait but we believe that this move must be accompanied with review and implementation of strict regulation,” Senator Villanueva said.
Likewise, the senator urged the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the Department of Foreign Affairs to exert more effort in protecting OFWs.
“We are calling on the government agencies concerned, especially Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, to double their efforts to protect the safety and welfare of our kababayans [countrymen] abroad and to immediately and effectively settle the cases of abuse being faced by our afflicted OFWs,” the Inquirer quoted Villanueva as saying on Saturday, Janaury 27.