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Swift action for justice for Joanna Demafelis

Since her battered body was found in a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait abandoned by her former employers, a Lebanese and his Syrian wife, President Duterte has stopped any further deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. Hundreds of these workers OFWS have been returning home from Kuwait, with transportation assistance from Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

The Department of Labor and Employment has established a 24/7 Overseas Filipino Workers’ Command Center which will serve as the central referral and action hub for all OFW requests for immediate action and assistance.

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The Department of Labor and Employment formally issued yesterday an order totally banning the deployment of all overseas Filipinos workers to Kuwait amid the series of reports involving abuse and death of OFWs in the Gulf state.

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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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Russia remains a closed market for Filipino household service workers (HSW), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) declared.

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Over 1.2 million Filipinos have worked abroad this year, according to preliminary data from of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

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