Ban on HSWS in Kuwait, increase in OFWs in Bahrain eyed

  • Labor chief disclosed plans for HSW ban in Kuwait, OFW increase in Bahrain
  • He said reported abuses of Filipino workers prompting them to mull ban
  • He also said Bahrain officials told him to increase number of OFWS in Gulf state

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III disclosed a possible total ban on household service workers (HSWs) to Kuwait due to several reported cases of abuses in the tiny Gulf state.

“Kuwait is really problematic. There are many complaints about how our HSWs are maltreated. They are not being taken care of, so we are seriously considering that if we cannot reduce the abuses, then we will have a total ban,” GMA News quoted him as saying.

Bello added that the ban was also mulled in light of the execution of Jakatia Pawa and the death of Amy Capulong at the hands of her employers; both of which occurred on January 25, 2017.

“As an aftermath of that, I talked to our senior officials in the department that we will consider seriously banning or maybe just to minimize deployment of overseas workers in Kuwait. It is basically our household service workers,” he said.

On the other hand, Bello revealed that his Bahraini counterpart wants more Filipino workers to go work in their country because of their good work ethic but lamented the Philippine government’s slow processing time of their documents.

“We had a very long meeting last night with the Assistant Secretary of Labor ng Bahrain. And he was telling us he wants more Filipino migrant workers dito kaya lang nag-complain siya na ang sabi niya [but he complained, saying], while we prefer Filipino migrant workers over the other nationalities like Indonesia and India, ang kupad daw ng processing ng Philippine government [the Philippine government is slow in processing documents],” he said.