10. April 2021 · Comments Off on Memorandum Of Agreement Between Kuwait And Philippines · Categories: Uncategorized

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entitled “Agreement on the Employment of Domestic Workers” between the Philippines and Kuwait[19] was signed on 11 May 2018 by representatives of Kuwait and the Philippines. [20] However, President Rodrigo Duterte said shortly afterwards that the labour ban was “permanent”. [16] Duterte also stated that the signing of the employment contract with Kuwait would not be necessary and that he would not travel to the Gulf country. [17] Harry Roque, the Philippine president`s spokesman, later contradicted Dutere`s statement that the ban was not “permanent” and could still be lifted. [18] The President`s spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said it was necessary to review the agreement with Kuwait because of the violation of the agreement after the death of an OFW by his employer. Key features of the agreement include the provision of food, shelter, clothing and registration in the health insurance system for domestic workers, as well as the use of mobile phones to enable OFW to communicate with their relatives in the Philippines. A joint committee, led by senior Philippine and Kuwaiti officials, has been set up to monitor the implementation of the agreement and to propose recommendations to ensure the well-being of Filipino domestic workers. Villawde`s death even came after Manila and Kuwait signed an agreement on the protection and welfare of the OFWs in 2018, following the death of Joanna Demafelis, a budget worker. The Philippine government apologized on April 24 for the incident and said it recognized Kuwait`s own laws, while saying that the welfare of Filipino migrant workers was also in its best interest. The next day, Kuwait declared Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa persona non grata and asked Villa to leave the Gulf country within a week and recalled his envoy to Manila for consultations. The Philippines called the move “deeply worrying” and said Kuwait had “refused” a previous cooperation agreement.

[10] Kuwait arrested four drivers and three diplomats involved in the operation and filed a complaint against them. [12] In early 2018, a diplomatic crisis began between the countries of Kuwait and the Philippines due to their concerns about the situation of Filipino migrant workers in the Gulf country. Spokesperson for President Harry L.

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