In recent months, following the lifting of the deployment ban in lieu of “restricted” screening of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are looking to get a job in Kuwait, the system is slowly but surely getting back on track.
This is what Head of the Domestic Labor Offices Union Khaled Al-Dakhnan said about the deployment of Filipino workers in the country, which, at present, is at 5,000 workers monthly without any delay as per the Kuwait Embassy in Manila, according to a report by the Kuwait Times.
Deployment of OFWs in Kuwait Reaches 5,000 Monthly
In his recent visit at the Kuwait Embassy in Manila, Dakhnan, along with the union’s secretary Ali Shammouh and board member Khaled Al-Qallaf, have noted that around 400 passports are being processed on a daily basis. This includes those of domestic helpers along with other workers and visitors.
Dakhan also shared that the embassy receives around 160 passports from each labour office on a weekly basis. He also expressed gratitude for the efforts of the Kuwaiti ambassador together with the entire staff at the diplomatic mission office to complete procedures in less than 24 hours after they receive passports and other relevant documents.
It has been a whirlwind of events for the Philippines and Kuwait since early this year. Bilateral relations and employment ties had almost been completely cut off due to certain events which have tested both countries’ position in upholding the interest of their citizens.
Despite these setbacks and a number of adjustments, communication has been kept open to rectify issues, which for some time, seemed to compound right after another.
At present, while things are looking to turn for the worse for Filipino workers in other Arab countries (Saudi Arabia in particular), Kuwait has been holding up its policy concerning foreign workers but has expressed its position to maintain the number of workers in certain sectors, particularly those working in the domestic service industry.