Press Release / Labor And Employment

On signing of MOA for OFW protection

 











We commend the efforts of the Philippine and Kuwaiti government in forging a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that is geared to improve the working conditions of our OFWs in Kuwait.


 
The MOA, which provides for the creation of a special unit that will receive complaints from our aggrieved OFWs, prohibits employers from confiscating workers' passports, and entitles workers to one-day off every week, should not just be in paper as no less than the labor laws of Kuwait guarantees better labor conditions for our OFWs including the prohibition on confiscation of workers' passports.
 


We hope that with this current agreement, closer coordination and strict enforcement of Kuwaiti labor laws can prevent abuses against our OFWs.


 
We also urge the DFA, DOLE, POEA, OWWA and other concerned agencies to be proactive in engaging the Kuwaiti government and set up coordinative mechanism to ensure that our OFWs are given the necessary protection and welfare they deserve.