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Pimentel proposes limited deployment of domestic workers to Kuwait

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Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III is not amenable in the decision of President Duterte ordering the total lifting of the deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.

“Total ban can and should be lifted BUT we still have to observe a limited ban on sending household service workers to Kuwait. Let us allow the sending of engineers, managers, drivers, construction workers etc but not HSWs (household service workers),” the Senate leader said in a text message to reporters.

Malacañang on Wednesday announced the decision to proceed from the partial to total lifting of the deployment ban ordered imposed by the President last Feb. after a string of reported deaths and abuses of Filipina household workers and the discovery of the remains of Joanna Demafelis.

Demafelis’ body was found in a freezer of an apartment abandoned by her Syrian and Lebanese employers.

Last Tuesday, Duterte called for the lifting of the ban on skilled and semi-skilled workers after the Philippines and Kuwaiti government agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) providing for the protection of Filipino migrant workers in the gulf state.