MANILA - The Philippines is eyeing Oman and Bahrain as alternative destinations for Filipino workers, after Manila ordered a total ban on the deployment of its nationals to Kuwait in the wake of the death of a Filipina domestic worker in the Gulf state.
Philippine missions all over Middle East have been instructed to find alternative employment for Filipinos, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a news conference.
“We are particularly keen on countries such as Oman and Bahrain, which are signatories to the relevant ILO (International Labor Organization) conventions that protect migrant workers,” Roque said.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier lashed out at Kuwait over the death of Filipina domestic worker Joanna Daniela Demafelis and other reports of abuse of Filipino household workers in Kuwait.
He had also pitched China as another alternative destination for Filipino workers.
Duterte had ordered the repatriation of Filipinos who want to go back home to the Philippines.
At least 400 Filipino workers from Kuwait arrived in the Philippines on Monday, Roque said.
More than 250,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, the Department of Foreign Affairs estimates, with most of them as domestic helpers.
There are also a large number of Filipino workers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.