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In the midst of the shaky developments in the bilateral ties of the Philippines and Kuwait, OFWs in the Gulf State can now enjoy strengthened protection from their country of residence after the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the Philippines and Kuwait last May 11. The diplomatic meeting for the Agreement Signing [...]

The biggest yoga event of the year in Kuwait is about to take place at the LOYAC HQ in Qibla on May 11. Through the initiative of LOYAC, a non-profit organization committed to the overall development of the youth in Kuwait, and in partnership with Seva Darshan Kuwait and the Kuwait Yoga Meet Team, and [...]

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released an updated list of accredited Sea Cargo Forwarders as of March 31, 2018. OFWs typically avail the services of an international consolidator or a principal sea cargo forwarder to deliver their packages also known as “balikbayan” boxes to their family or relatives in the Philippines. However, [...]

In a recent statement, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Alan Peter Cayetano, expressed confidence that the official signing of the bilateral agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait will still push through despite the recent scandal involving the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait which has embittered diplomatic relations of the two countries. The Foreign Affairs Secretary shared [...]

Another event has further aggravated the diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Kuwait when the Philippine Embassy has been discovered to have been reportedly conducting rescue operations to help Filipino household workers escape their employers without the knowledge and approval of Kuait’s Ministry of Interior. Last April 21, the Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait, Mr. Renato [...]

The Ministry of Interior has expressed plans to process the renewal of expats’ residency permits on-line by next year, whereas an initial trial for the on-line renewal domestic workers under the citizens’ sponsorship will be prioritized. As per the IT Department of the Ministry of Interior, an online filing system has already been finalized which [...]

According to the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, the Philippine President will be visiting the Gulf State by the end of April to finalize the bilateral agreement concerning the protection and welfare of OFWs based in Kuwait in a statement shared by Ambassador Renato Villa during a meeting with Kuwaiti Ministry officials last April 16. The [...]

GCC Nations to Establish Common Policy to Benefit Domestic Workers

Due to the recent reports of abuse and call for decent and humane treatment of domestic helpers by countries sending manpower to the Middle East, representatives from five member nations of theGulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have met to discuss plans to establish a regional system concerning the management of domestic workers, according to the Minister [...]

The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) announced that a bilateral agreement for the protection of OFWs in Kuwait has already been laid out and is in its final stages, and is now only waiting for Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s signature and approval. According to Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the President may have to personally [...]

Last April 1, the Kuwait Parliament Financial Affairs and Economic Committee has passed four bills which impose new tax schemes on expat remittances, even those with low or minimum incomes. According to MP Salah Khorshid, Chairman of Financial Affairs and Economic Committee, a good two-thirds of the panel approved the four proposed bills, explaining that [...]