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No OFW to be deployed to Kuwait: DOLE

Cebu City, Philippines. With the reports of abuses and maltreatments suffered by the OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Labor and Employment issued a total deployment ban of all Overseas Filipino Workers to said country. 

Pursuant to the directive of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued Administrative Order No. 54, Series of 2018. 

The ban, in a statement released by the Secretary, would cover all Kuwait-bound OFWs, most especially domestic workers and skilled workers while the process of redeployment for the Balik-Manggagawa or the vacationing OFWs is still under thorough review. 

“Region-7 is definitely one with the nation’s cry for protection of and justice for the plight of all OFWs not only those based in Kuwait and the Middle East Region but also those working in other parts of the Globe. This ban heightens awareness among OFWs and their families especially those who are inclined to working abroad,” OIC-Regional Director Cyirl L. Ticao said. 

He added that the move was enforced following recent reports of abuses among OFWs in Kuwait especially the death of OFW Joanna Demafelis, who is a native of Sara, Iloilo. 

“Insofar as Region-7 is concerned, most of the OFWs deployed to Kuwait are domestic workers and these workers are the most vulnerable and susceptible to abuses,” he pointed out. 

Based from the data released by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)-Regional Center for Visayas-Cebu, in 2017, there were 291 OFWs from the Visayas Islands, who were deployed to Kuwait. 

All of them, Director Ticao noted, were rehires or vacationing OFWs. 

“As of now, we will be strictly implementing Administrative Order No. 54 unless there is another issuance that will especially say otherwise,” he finally said. 

The DOLE earlier suspended the processing and issuance of overseas employment certificates (OECs) to all Kuwait-bound workers following the deaths of seven OFWs.  




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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