The remains of the Filipina domestic helper in Kuwait who lost her life in the hands of her ill-treating employers. To make this day, Philippine’s largest labor group urged the government to impose a total deployment ban of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) to Kuwait.

According to the president of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Raymond Mendoza, the government must impose a total deployment ban to Kuwait as soon as possible for the protection of Filipino HSWs who are still willing to go to the country for work despite the alarming number of Filipinos being treated badly by their employers.

“We should stop the deployment of the most vulnerable sector, we should just develop local jobs so our workers won’t be forced to seek employment overseas,” says Mendoza.

Mendoza also said that there are a total of 200 Filipino workers who lost their lives while working in Kuwait for the past four years including the incident of Joanna Demafelis who was found inside a freezer in her employer’s apartment last 2018.

“Currently, there are 280 runaway Filipina workers staying in the embassy shelter in Kuwait,” Mendoza said. There are also 30 unsolved cases of Filipino workers in Kuwait who allegedly took their own lives or passed without known causes.

Since the passing of JeanelynVillavende, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered a partial deployment ban of Filipinos to Kuwait.

Meanwhile, the remains of Villavende arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) around 4:30 in the afternoon today, January 8. She was flown immediately to her hometown in General Santos, City. The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is providing assistance to the bereaved family of Villavende.

The National Bureau of Investigation will be conducting an autopsy on the remains of Villavende to verify the findings made in Kuwait.

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