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Filipino migrants doing well in US

Filipinos are all over the world today – as doctors and nurses, as engineers and architects, as teachers and computer experts, as seamen and construction workers, as house helpers. Many of them are in the Middle East countries, notably Saudi Arabia, whose oil riches have enabled them to push forward in their economic development.

It took the Joanna Demafelis case to make the Kuwait and the Philippine governments act decisively on the problems of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in that country. Demafelis had disappeared over a year ago with no one outside her family apparently concerned about her – until last February 9 when President Duterte said her battered body had been discovered in a freezer in the abandoned apartment of her former employers, a Lebanese and his Syrian wife.

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LAST Jan. 19, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) suspended the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait in the wake of the death of seven migrant workers. There were no details about their deaths, only reports of maltreatment of many Filipino workers by their employers.

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President Duterte has designated Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo as his special envoy for overseas Filipino workers concerns.

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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.

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Overseas Filipino workers will be pulled out from Kuwait if another citizen dies in the Gulf state, President Duterte warned yesterday.

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