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Philippines religious leaders call for deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, June 17 : The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines – Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI) is calling for the imposition a new deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait, reports Al- Qabas daily.

Aside from the banning of Filipino workers, CBCP-ECMI chair, Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos urged the government to compel Kuwait to implement the memorandum of agreement signed by both countries that will give protection to OFWs. “And we must be ready to enforce deployment ban, after the brutal death of Constancia Dayag,” he added, as she was (the) second victim.

Santos noted that the recent case of abuse on the OFW is a clear violation of the agreement signed by the Philippines and Kuwait, which supposed ensured protection for the rights of Filipino workers. “As our Filipina household service worker is raped, it is a clear violation of the agreement between our country and Kuwait for the protection of OFWs,” he said. “The Kuwait government must show political will to ensure the safety and security of our OFWs, and rights are promoted and respected,” added the CBCP-ECMI head.

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