A deployment ban of Overseas Filipino Workers to Kuwait has been fully lifted.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the move Wednesday, May 16.
The decision followed last week’s Memorandum of Agreement signed by the two countries, ensuring greater protection of Filipino workers.
There are approximately 262,000 Filipinos employed in the middle eastern country, according to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs.
The MOA allows for Filipino workers to keep their cell phones.
Employers can not confiscate their passports.
Also, Filipino workers must be given adequate food, housing, clothing and health insurance, the document stipulated.
The original ban was put in place by Duterte in February, after Joanna Demafelis was found dead inside her employer’s freezer in Kuwait.
Meanwhile, the president told his staff the OFWs would now be protected and would no longer be abused… hopefully, Rappler reported.