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President acts on OFW deaths

The Department of Labor and Employment suspended last January 19 the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait in the Middle East, following reports that seven migrant workers had recently been killed. There were no details of the OFWs’ deaths, but Secretary Silvestre Bello III saw it fit to order the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to stop the processing of the overseas employment certificates of all Kuwaiti-bound Filipino workers.

Last week, media outlets reported a World Bank study which praised the Philippines’ governance framework with respect to migrant workers. The report of the World Bank Group which was contained in their 2017 study entitled, “Migration to Opportunity: Overcoming Barriers to Labor Mobility in Southeast Asia” considered the Philippines as a model for policies concerning overseas workers.

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The Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Arriola said in a statement on Saturday that the 43-year-old Filipino woman was seriously injured in Thursday’s attack. She had been based in Australia for the past three or four years.

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An administration congressman welcomed the decision of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to withdraw the list of 41 so-called non-compliant countries where overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are barred from deployment.

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ilipinos are reportedly being subjected to racist comments by the people of New Zealand because of the massive oil spill caused by the grounding of a Filipino-manned ship, according to migrant workers’ welfare watchdog Migrante International.

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