The head of a union in Kuwait lamented the decision of the Philippines to stop the sending of Filipino domestic helpers to Kuwait.
The Al-Dakhnan, head of the Union of Domestic Labor Bureaus, said that the decision of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to impose a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait greatly affects the domestic labor recruitment sector of Kuwait.
Because of this, huge losses were incurred which could reach to the extent of shutting down these domestic labor bureaus in case the ban drags on to more than two months.
“He attributed the reasons behind such a quick decision to several factors topped by the death of a Filipina housemaid, and Kuwait’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ delay in signing and implementing some agreements with the Philippines,” says local news outlet Arab Times.
Al Dakhnan further said they are frequently monitoring the concerned authorities to take action over the signed agreement of both the Philippines and Kuwait to avoid occurring the crisis similar to that of Joanna Demafelis, who was badly treated by her employers causing her untimely passing.
They are already appealing to the concern authorities to sign certain agreements to prevent such incidents from occurring again and to open new doors in exporting domestic workers to Kuwait so as not to rely on one country for domestic helpers.
“Most of the offices are not receiving many applications now because of this ban,” says Al-Dakhnan.