In lieu of the recent meeting of the Philippines and Kuwait, a memorandum of understanding was signed and the possibility of lifting the ban is eyed.
“A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two countries in a positive atmosphere, expecting that there will be a total lifting of the ban on Filipino workers very soon,” Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs, Ambassador Ali Al-Saeed when asked regarding the recent meeting with the Philippine delegation.
“According to the promise of the Philippine Labor Minister after reviewing the transparent and legal measures in the case of a Filipino maid Jeanelyn Villavende and other issues, which removed a lot of rumors circulating among Filipino community in Kuwait,” he added.
The statement of Al Saeed was brought to light during the Celebration of the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at the Iranian Embassy.
Recently, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello signed an agreement on the harmonized Standard Employment Contract for OFWs to be deployed in Kuwait after the lifting of the ban.
Under the harmonized Standard Employment Contract, an OFW must be allowed to keep their personal documents such as the passport. An OFW is also entitled to use a phone after working hours, once a week day-off and working hours not longer than 12 hours.