A lot of Overseas Filipino workers rejoiced over the total lifting of the deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait. However, there are still others who remain doubtful that this decision is best for Filipino domestic helpers who are since been subjected to bad treatment of their employers.
It can be recalled that a total deployment ban was imposed by the Philippine government following the passing of domestic helper JeanelynVillavende. According to the autopsy report conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the OFW suffered months of bad treatment by her employers and eventually died on their hands.
This angered the Philippine government and immediately imposed a total deployment ban, affecting semi-skilled, skilled, professional and domestic Filipino workers.
Just like the previous ban implemented by the government, a memorandum of understanding was signed and they demanded justice on the case of Villavende before the ban was lifted.
However, it seems like not all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Kuwait are happy with the lifting of the ban.
“Syempre masayasa mga balik-manggagawa. Pero sa mga new hires parang, ayokona din namahirapan sila,” says Karen Lucas as she commented on the lifting of the total deployment ban.
Other than the recruitment agencies deploying Filipino domestic helpers, a lot of Filipinos in Kuwait were not happy over the lifting of the ban on newly-hired.
“Nakakalungkot lang bakit wala tayong naging paninindigan when it comes samga issue na ganito kasi hindi langit o isang beses nangyari. Maramina eh. So mag-eexpect tayo na may mangyayari ulit kasi hindi natin pinanindigan eh,” says HenzelCimatuMarquiz, an OFW in Kuwait.
The sympathy of ‘a lot’ of Filipinos in Kuwait goes to those newly-hired domestic helpers who could suffer the same fate as JeanelynVillavende and Joanna Demafelis who both died an untimely death caused by the bad treatment of their employers.