Kuwait ensures Filipino maids can keep phones, passports
Under the agreement between the Philippine and Kuwaiti governments, employers also cannot trade off their domestic workers to other employers
The Kuwaiti government has agreed to conditions set by the Philippine government on the protection of Filipino workers in that Gulf state.
Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Kuwaiti labor officials had agreed to standards that would ensure the safety of Filipino domestic workers there, GMA News reported.
Under the agreement, employers will not be allowed to confiscate their maids’ mobile phones or passports, and will be forbidden from “trading” their domestic workers to other employers.
Bello said that after the finalization of the agreement and resolving the case of Joanna Demafelis, a woman who had been killed in Kuwait and her body stuffed in a freezer, he would recommend easing of the current ban on deployment of Filipinos to that country, but only for skilled workers.
He said the agreement struck with Kuwait would become the basis for ensuring the safety of Filipino workers in other countries as well.