By Leslie Ann Aquino
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday issued the guidelines that will govern the total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait.
Based on Administrative Order No. 54A, the labor department said the total deployment ban covers all types of workers being deployed for the first time for overseas employment in Kuwait, without distinction as to skill, profession or type of work.
Exempted from the ban are ‘Balik-Manggagawa’ or OFWs who are vacationing in the Philippines and will be returning to the same employer to finish their contacts and OFWs who are returning to Kuwait on a new contract with the same employer.
Likewise, seafarers who will be transiting through or boarding in Kuwait to join their principals are not covered by the total ban.
The labor department said the Overseas Employment Certificate (OECs) to be issued by POEA/POLO to all returing OFWs who are exempted from the ban must undergo counter-checking process from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to further ensure their security and welfare before going back to Kuwait.