Philippines President Duterte orders lifting of Kuwait worker ban
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday ordered the ban on deploying Filipino workers to Kuwait to be lifted. He instructed Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III to 'totally' remove the ban, which was implemented February this year.
Also read: Philippines' Duterte calls Kuwait work ban 'permanent'
"Upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte instructed Secretary Silvestre Bello to totally lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait," a Rappler report quoted Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
Roque: Upon recommendation of Special Envoy to Kuwait Abdullah Mama-o, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte tonight instructed Secretary Silvestre Bello to totally lift the ban on deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait | via @GenKabiling- Manila Bulletin News (@manilabulletin) May 16, 2018
Recently, the two countries had signed an agreement to protect Filipino workers in Kuwait.
Also read: Kuwait condemns Philippines' worker ban
The Philippines banned deployment of new Filipino workers to Kuwait over reports of workers suffering abuse and exploitation. What was initially a temporary ban put in place in February became a permanent ban in April. A top Kuwaiti official had condemned the move, saying that it could damage ties between the two countries.