PH, Kuwait Sign Agreement to 'Provide Legal Protection' to Filipino Workers in Gulf State

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PH, Kuwait Sign Agreement to 'Provide Legal Protection' to Filipino Workers in Gulf State


By Analou De Vera

The Philippines and Kuwait has signed an agreement to "provide legal protection" to the Filipino workers in the Gulf state.

Both countries inked the "Agreement on the Employment of Domestic Workers between the Philippines and Kuwait" on May 11.

Among the highlights of the said deal that will benefit the Filipino workers are as follows:

* "Guarantee the rights of domestic workers as provided by the applicable laws, rules and regulations of the "First Party"(Kuwait)";

* "Ensure that the employer shall provide the worker with food, housing, clothing, and registering the domestic worker in the health insurance system that covers his/her treatment in case of illness or injury due to work as well as being to compensate her/him for job injuries and transporting the deceased body of the domestic worker to her/his country when she/ he dies and paying the wages of the month in which the worker died and other rights as provided in the Kuwaiti Law";

* "Ensure that the employer is not allowed to keep in her/his possession any of the domestic worker's personal identity documents such as passport. Both parties agreed that the passport is the property of the Philippine government under its laws and should not be in the possession of the employer";

* "Allow domestic workers to have and use cellular phones and other means to communicate with their families and their government and to prohibit their employers from confiscating them";

* "Disqualify employers who have records of contract violations or abusing workers from recruiting Filipino workers and pursue appropriate legal action against such employers";

* "Facilitate the opening by the employer of bank account under the name of the domestic worker and allow the domestic worker the reasonable opportunity to remit her/his monthly salary to the Philippines as provided for in the employment contract";

* "Ensure that an aggrieved worker shall have access to the services of the Department of Domestic Labor which has the jurisdiction to settle any dispute that arises between the parties to the contract";

* "Upon the renewal of the contract after its completion based on the desire of two parties (I. …

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