The DEPLOYMENT BAN to Kuwait has been lifted!
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III confirmed that the deployment ban of household workers to Kuwait has been lifted. The news was confirmed by the Labor Secretary through a text message.
Newly-hired as well as returning household workers going to Kuwait will now be allowed to exit the country after the Philippine government lifted the remaining ban.
It can be recalled that a partial lifting of deployment ban was made following the trip of Philippine delegation to Kuwait to tackle the issue of the standard employment contract as well as the case of JeanelynVillavende, the OFW who expired in the hands of her employers.
In the partial lifting of the deployment ban, only skilled, semi-skilled and professional Filipino workers were allowed to return to Kuwait. Household service workers, however, were not allowed to leave the Philippines.
Now, since the deployment ban is fully lifted, all Filipino workers will now be allowed to leave the country for Kuwait but will be protected by the standard employment contract which was signed during a bilateral deal.
Under the said agreement, household workers will be allowed to keep their travel documents such as their passport. They will also be allowed to own a mobile phone that they can use after their working hours. A rest day every week, with pay is also under the said agreement.