A lot of Filipinos got delighted after hearing that the government finally implemented a total deployment ban of Filipino workers in Kuwait. However, it seems like those Filipino workers ready to fly to Kuwait, with all their tickets and employment contracts are the ones affected by this deployment ban.
The total deployment ban was imposed by the Philippine government following the unacceptable passing of Filipina domestic helper, Jeanelyn Villavende. It is said that the poor Filipina suffered so much in the hands of her employers, based on the autopsy report which was issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
The employment agencies in Kuwait employing Filipino domestic helpers are affected by this ban. The employers looking for household help are also affected by the recent changes in the relationship between Kuwait and the Philippines.
Moreover, there are a lot of Filipino domestic helpers who were about to fly to Kuwait barred from exiting the country.
In a post which was shared by Elina Boclaras Montano, she shared how they were ‘neglected’ by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3.
In the video, a group of Filipino men and women can be seen with their luggage ready to fly to Kuwait and return to their previous employers. Unfortunately, they were not allowed to exit the country because of the recent deployment ban.
Elina pleads for help as they are staying in the airport for such a long time and don’t even have food to eat. According to Elina, since the deployment ban prevents them to leave the country, at least they should be provided with an airfare ticket going back to their provinces. But OWWA and POEA allegedly refused to provide help.
The OFW also said that their group is all Visa 20 holders going to Kuwait. Visa 20 is intended for unskilled and domestic workers.
See video below
Dito kami ngayon sa harap ng owwa terminal 3 Mga balik manggagawa po kami lahat mga tagal na sa kanilang mga Amo. Ang sa amin lang ngayon makauwi kami sa aming probinsya yun lang ang hiling ng mga kasamahan ko dito.
Posted by Elina Boclaras Montano on Thursday, January 16, 2020