25,000 Filipino workers stranded after ban on deployment of OFWs in Kuwait

Estimates suggest that around 10,000 OFWs are overstaying in Kuwait.

Around 25,000 Filipino workers were stranded in the country after the government issued a ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to Kuwait.

“And, while they are waiting, the agencies continue to pay for their housing accommodation, waiting for the go signal to proceed to Kuwait,” recruitment consultant Manny Geslani told Business Mirror.

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III spoke to Business Mirror saying both the DFA and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will implement the President’s instructions “to ensure the protection of the rights and the promotion of the welfare of overseas Filipino workers, not just in Kuwait but also in other parts of the world.”

Secretary Silvestre Bello III also clarified that not all workers will be forced to go home.

As part of the government’s mass repatriation program, over 400 OFWs were brought back home on Monday.

Estimates suggest that around 10,000 OFWs are overstaying in Kuwait. 80 per cent of these, around 8,000 are domestic workers.

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