KUWAIT CITY, Nov 5: The dispute between the Philippines Embassy and Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) is escalating because the embassy insists on enforcing labor contracts approved by authorities in Manila while PAM insists that the only accredited contracts are those issued by the authority; thereby, refusing to accept or consider any attached formats, reports Al-Rai daily.
A source from PAM pointed out the authority accredits only the Kuwaiti contracts which do not discriminate between nationalities in terms of rights and commitments, adding that the contracts safeguard the enforcement of relevant laws without any exception.
The source stressed that PAM is keen on adhering to Article 18 of law number 68/2015. The source said PAM will not allow attachment of other documents to the accredited contract, indicating the attached forms require approval of the sponsor that the domestic laborer can receive compensation in addition to the right of the Philippines to file international lawsuits in this regard.
He added such terms are not included in the agreement signed by the two countries. The source warned the domestic labor offices against violating these provisions in order to avoid legal problems. He explained the agreement signed by the Philippines and Kuwait states that the entry and departure of domestic workers should be according to the provisions of the agreement and relevant laws in both countries.
Meanwhile, diplomatic sources pointed out that the Philippines contract concerning domestic laborers has been enforced in other countries since many years ago. They said negotiations between the two parties are ongoing, affirming that details of the contract will be discussed in the last week of November.
Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM has issued an administrative circular instructing its staff not to renew licenses for domestic worker recruitment if the concerned office owners fail to produce a copy of the agreements signed with offices they deal with in the countries of recruitment, reports Al-Rai.
The circular insists that the agreements should be attested at Kuwaiti embassies and accredited at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to PAM spokesperson and Director of Public Relations and Media Aseel Al-Mezyad, the circular was based on article 42 of law No. 68/2015. She urged the concerned persons to abide by the instruction and ensure they renew licenses accordingly for the recruitment of domestic workers before expiry.