After seven Overseas Filipino Workers died in Kuwait, President Rodrigo Duterte and the Department of Labor and Employment has ordered the suspension of deployment of Filipinos to work in the country. With the DOLE Administrative Order No. 25-2018, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that deployment of OFWs, either returning or new hires, has been stopped until the investigations about the death of the seven OFWs is still ongoing.
Based on statistics, there is an estimated 250,000 OFWs in Kuwait, 75 percent of them working as domestic helpers. With the employment ban, more than 250,000 people would lose jobs and 250,000 families will be affected.
Help From the Government
To help the affected OFWs, the Philippine government is planning to conduct job fairs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia to entice skilled Filipino workers in the Middle East to go back home and work in the Philippines instead.
The plan, according to Secretary Bello, was brought up weeks after the employment ban in Kuwait.
Ang suggestion ni (Finance) Sec. (Carlos) Domiguez, ay mag job fair kami sa Saudi at Qatar para maimbita natin sila doon na bumalik (sa Pilipinas) dahil ang daming nangangailangan ng skilled workers dito gaya ng karpintero, tubero, welders.
What Are the Available Jobs?
Former Senator and real estate magnate Manny Villar is in need of 18,000 skilled workers. Meanwhile, the Department of Education is looking for 2,000 teachers.
Medyo mas malaki (ang suweldo abroad) pero dapat isipin din natin ang social implications.
After the government of Saudi Arabia, imposed a 5 percent value added tax on remittances and other services, OFWs in Saudi are now shelling out more money. Working in the country means more time with the family and loved ones. This will also stop the abuse that our fellow Filipinos are experiencing in the hands of their employers.
The government is yet to announce the exact dates and places for the job fair.