As confirmed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Philippine government once again implemented a total deployment ban of Filipino workers going to Kuwait.

The deployment ban covers those newly-hired household, skilled and professional workers. On the other hand, the ban does not apply to those returning OFWs (Balik-Manggagawa) skilled and professional workers.

The said deployment ban was triggered again after the tragic passing of a Filipina domestic helper, JeanelynVillavende. The resolution that implements the total deployment ban was released after the National Bureau of Investigation showed the results of the autopsy report of Villavende which states that she suffered so much in the hands of her employers who are already in police custody.

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It can be recalled that a total deployment ban was also implemented last 2018 after a case of a Filipina domestic helper whose body was found inside a freezer surfaced.

The employers of Joanna Demafelis was found guilty of taking the life of the Filipina.

President Rodrigo Duterte was angered upon hearing the news and immediately listed some of his demands towards to Kuwaiti government, mainly to protect the welfare of Filipino domestic helpers in the Gulf region.

The ban was only lifted after the two countries, Kuwait and the Philippines, signed a deal to guarantee better protection of Filipino migrant workers in Kuwait. However, another ban was implemented after the passing of Villavende as her rights were clearly violated by her employer which means that the agreement of both countries was also violated.

See the autopsy report below

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