The Department of Labor and Employment recently lifted the deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait. But, not everyone is happy and satisfied.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) said on Friday that they oppose the lifting of the ban of household service workers going to Kuwait.
According to TUCP President Raymond Mendoza, the decision of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, as well as the POEA Board, is somewhat “haste” as they were not able to consider the heavier implication of their decision to lift the ban. The justice for Jeanelyn Villavende was also not implicated.
“They know too well that our HSWs are the most vulnerable of all OFWs working there in Kuwait,” he said. “The hasty decision will send the message to the Kuwait government and legal branches that we Filipinos are not up seriously in seeking justice for Jeanelyn.”
Mendoza also added to say that the decision to lift the ban should have been put to hold until the judgment of the court comes out.
“They should have waited for the case to finish and the judgment of the court before we have decided to lift the ban.”
The Ople Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping distressed OFWs were also dismayed over the “abrupt” lifting of the ban.
“The labor secretary’s announcement on the lifting of the ban was done before a jubilant crowd of recruitment agency owners. Honestly, it appears to me that the setting was quite inappropriate, if not downright insensitive,” they said in a statement.
They maintained that the ban must be maintained to all first time domestic helpers in Kuwait and only “balik-manggagawa” are the ones that must be allowed to return.