Following the forged deal on the labor protection agreement, the Philippine government began implementing a step-by-step lifting of the deployment ban to Kuwait.
In a press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that it will only be applicable to skilled and semi-skilled workers. Meanwhile, domestic workers need to wait for the recruitment reformations implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
“There will be a mandatory training, to be paid by the recruiters, since they are the ones earning from the recruitment fee that they charge to the Kuwaitis wanting to employ domestic workers.”
Moreover, the diplomatic relationship between Kuwait and Philippines have begun to mend. Earlier this year, the Kuwait government deported the Philippine ambassador during the disagreement between both nations.
“Rescue footage” went viral last month featuring the rescue efforts of troubled Filipino migrant workers. Kuwaiti officials were not-too pleased with the viral video; which pushed back the signing of the labor protection agreement. A diplomatic protest by Kuwait was soon filed.
Kuwait accused the Philippines of failing to follow diplomatic protocols. Therefore, resulting in the apprehension of the three officials and four drivers of the Philippine Embassy.
Philippine Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa became a persona non grata of the Kuwait government.
Present during the signing were Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Deputy prime minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
According to the labor protection agreement, Kuwait and Philippines should “uphold ethical recruitment policies, systems, and procedures for the recruitment and employment of domestic workers.”
Furthermore, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the two participating countries agreed to put this issue behind them, following the recent diplomatic misunderstanding.
“We have both learned from the experience and that experience will make our friendship and ties with them even stronger.”
Meanwhile, the three officials will return to the Philippines while the four drivers were freed.
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