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Balik sa dati! Win Gatchalian: Lifting of deployment ban to normalize PH-Kuwait relations

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The move of President Rodrigo Duterte to totally lift the deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait is the “logical step forward” after the signing of the landmark labor agreement between the Philippines and the Gulf state.

Senator Win Gatchalian made the remark on Thursday adding that the President’s decision “will help strengthen relations with our Kuwaiti allies.”

However, he said that the Duterte administration “must remain dedicated” to working with the Kuwaiti government in ensuring that the rights of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait are recognized and upheld.

“Back home, government agencies should pursue a tighter crackdown against illegal recruitment,” Gatchalian said.

He also urged the government to “consistently maintain an updated database of accredited recruiters in order to monitor the outflow OFWs, monitor their conditions, and devise further strategies to safeguard their rights and welfare.”

Senator JV Ejercito also welcomed the President’s move which he said will benefit over 250,000 OFWs to Kuwait.

“Hoping that MOA that was signed between RP and Kuwait will protect our OFWs specially our domestic workers who are prone to abuse and maltreatment,” he said.

“All the more I am determined to push for my bill to increase and institutionalize Overseas Legal Assistance Fund for our distressed OFWs,” Ejercito added.