PH partially lifts deployment ban of workers to Kuwait

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 06 2020 03:48 PM

The autopsy of slain OFW Jeanelyn Villavende's body in the Philippines showed she was "battered weeks prior" to her death. Photo from Jeanelyn Villavende's Facebook page

MANILA - The Philippines partially lifted its deployment ban to Kuwait following the two nations' agreement of a template contract for Filipino workers, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said Thursday.

Household service workers are still covered by the ban while new and returning skilled Filipino workers are now allowed to fly to the Gulf state, Bello said.

"Finally the proposed harmonized contact of employment was agreed upon by the Kuwait government. This is a measure that would provide effective and sufficient protection to our overseas workers," he told reporters.

The Philippines imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait following the killing of household worker Jeanelyn Villavende, who was found to have been sexually abused and tortured by her employer.

Villavende's employers have been detained, while the agency who sent her to Kuwait has been suspended, Bello said.

The country last imposed a total deployment ban to the Gulf state in 2018 after Filipina migrant worker Joanna Demafelis was slain and discovered inside a freezer at an abandoned apartment there. Her employer was found guilty for her slay.