Kuwait hurt by OFW deployment ban
Kuwait has expressed its concern over the Philippine government's total ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the gulf state.
Kuwait Foreign Minister Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah told reporters that he sees no need for such a ban since Kuwait is already in talks with top Philippine officials.
The two governments are supposedly discussing the plight of Filipino workers in Kuwait.
About 252,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait.
Most of them are domestic helpers.
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has stopped at the airport about 100 OFWs who are leaving for Kuwait.
Today, BI clarifies that Filipinos who are just taking vacations in the Philippines and are flying back to Kuwait to resume work are not covered by the ban.
The prohibition only covers new deployments or OFWs who intend to work in Kuwait for the first time.
About 116 Filipinos arrived from Kuwait last night.
They were welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).