PH-Kuwait accord ensures OFW welfare

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah sign the Agreement on the Employment of Domestic Workers on behalf of their respective countries in ceremonies at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kuwait. Witnessing the signing is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III and other officials of the Philippine Government led by Special Envoy Abdullah Mama-o and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and their Kuwaiti counterparts. [DFA Photo]

MANILA, May 11, 2018 — The more than 250,000 Filipinos in Kuwait can now be assured of prompt and effective assistance with the formal signing of the Agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait on the Employment of Household Service Workers, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday.

Secretary Cayetano attributed the successful outcome of their engagement with their counterparts in Kuwait to President Rodrigo Duterte’s guidance.

“It was the President who actually charted the course that the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Office of the President took in addressing the concerns of our nationals in Kuwait,” he said.

Cayetano recalled that during the recently-concluded ASEAN Summit in Singapore the Philippine delegation conveyed their commitment with their Kuwaiti counterparts to achieve a shared goal of strengthening bilateral ties based on what they hope would be a common desire to ensure the welfare of Filipino workers in Kuwait.

President Duterte made it clear that since the start of their negotiation that the well-being of Filipinos abroad should always be paramount.

The Philippine government, Cayetano said, had succeeded in doing just that with the signing of the agreement.

“We thank our more than 10-million Filipinos overseas, especially those in Kuwait—our new heroes or ‘bagong bayani’—who are the ones our government has vowed to protect and whose well-being we will continue to promote,” Cayetano underscored.

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