The Philippine government has imposed a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait,The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday announced that the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board has signed a resolution for a total deployment ban to Kuwait.
The deployment ban would cover all “newly-hired domestic workers or household service workers, semi-skilled workers, skilled workers and professionals, including crew changes and shore leaves of Filipino seafarers” in Kuwait.
On the other hand, the ban does not apply to those returning OFWs (Balik-Manggagawa) skilled and professional workers.
POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia said that starting Thursday, the agency will no longer release Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) to those covered by the ban.
However, applicants who were able to secure their OEC on or before January 15 will still be allowed to fly to Kuwait.
POEA likewise clarified that Filipinos already working in Kuwait may stay to finish their contracts.