In the midst of the deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait, the oil-rich country is looking to recruit Ethiopian workers to aid the need of household service workers.

The Kuwaiti delegation departed to Ethiopia to sign a contract that revives the domestic labor market. Kuwait is considering hiring other nationalities apart from Filipinos following the deployment ban of Filipino workers.

Filipino household helpers are still much more in demand among citizens and residents because of their capability to take care of small children.

The Philippine delegation, meanwhile, already went to Kuwait in talks of the ongoing deployment ban and to settle things for the ban to be lifted.

Though the ban was already partially lifted as mandated by the Philippine government, they are still putting exception to domestic helpers.

“Exempted from the ban are professionals, skilled and semi-skilled workers,” says Bello.

Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) is seeking other markets for domestic helpers such as Nepal and Vietnam in addition to Indonesia as well as Ethiopia, countries who were able to send domestic helpers to Kuwait a few years back before their government banned it.

The Foreign Ministry already drew a memorandum of understanding in countries such as Ethiopia, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Aqeel.

But then, Vietnam is not willing to allow its citizens to find domestic helper jobs in Kuwait and Indonesia is adamant about the agreeing regarding the hiring of domestic helpers.

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