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Thursday , April 18 2019

Domestic labor offices warn of new crisis in hiring Filipinos over financial guarantee

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 2: The domestic labor offices have warned about a new crisis in the recruitment of Filipino domestic workers because of the insistence of the Department of Labor in Manila to oblige Kuwaiti offices to pay minimum of $10,000 and up to $50,000 as financial guarantee, reports Al-Rai daily.

Secretary General of Kuwaiti Union of Domestic Labor Offices (KUDLO) Ali Shamouh said the Philippine’s Department of Labor may stop the transactions of offices if they do not pay the abovementioned guarantee.

This means all visas issued so far will be canceled and the domestic workers will not be allowed to travel to Kuwait.

He added that after the announcement of the return of Filipino domestic workers to Kuwait and the start of issuing visas for them, the offices were surprised by the condition and the warning that Filipino workers might not be allowed to travel to Kuwait after Aug 14.

If this happens, the offices and citizens will lose a lot. The government must move now to alleviate the suffering of citizens as this crisis is expected to resurface by the end of the summer vacation and start of the academic year, he asserted. He also voiced objection to the financial guarantee as it will be another burden on the offices, especially since the Philippines imposed this condition only on Kuwait.

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