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Friday, February 03, 2017

SENATOR JOEL VILLANUEVA SUPPORTS CALL TO TEMPORARILY BAN HSW DEPLOYMENT IN KUWAIT






The deployment moratorium for HSWs in Kuwait is a steaming issue after the death of Jakatia Pawa, an OFW who was executed  for allegedly killing her employer's daughter, Amy Capulong Santiago, who was beaten to death by her employers, and a long list of un-addressed cases of maltreated household service workers.


Senator Joel Villanueva, being the chairman of the Senate committee on labor, employment and human resources development, has joined the call for temporary ban of HSW deployment in Kuwait.




“Our OFWs have already been sacrificing so much to provide for their families in the Philippines. Let us not further aggravate their suffering by turning a blind eye on the abuses being committed against them by their employers. I deem it imperative to act on these incidents,”  Villanueva said.

Villanueva urged both  DOLE and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to review their policies in sending migrant workers abroad and look at ways on how to improve their assistance and protection to affected OFWs.

“We have been receiving numerous cases of abuse against our OFWs, and I deem it urgent for the government to temporarily stop sending domestic workers in countries where they are not being treated properly,”  the senator said.
He said that the two agencies should track the incidence of abuse and automatically issue a moratorium in sending workers to countries with high HSW abuse 
incidence.









In Kuwait alone, there were at least 500 distressed OFWs who spent their New Year at government offices in Kuwait due to reported abuses and maltreatment their employers committed to them.



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