Whether Eid began on Friday or Saturday. Kuwait's Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced a four-day Eid Al Fitr holiday from Friday (June 15) to Monday (June 18), Kuna reported on Sunday. Work will resume on Tuesday (June 19) whether Eid began on Friday or Saturday, CSC said in a press statement. State authorities with special working hours are advised to arrange work timings in a way that serves the public interest. Source
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Silvestre Bello III announced on Wednesday, May 23, that deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait will begin next week. During the Senate’s hearing on the cases of OFW abuses and deaths overseas, Bello said the guidelines on OFW recruitment and deployment will be released next week, which marks the green light for the deployment of OFWs to the Gulf state. “Puwede na sila makabiyahe next week [dahil] lalabas na ‘yung guidelines,” Bello said. “Yung mga skilled [workers] hindi covered ng MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) so puwede na sila lumipad kahit bukas,” the labor chief also said. Bello said that until the guidelines are released, household service workers (HSWs) bound to Kuwait will not be deployed despite
Joanna Daniela Demafelis, her sister broke into tears and tried to embrace the casket. The body of a Filipino housemaid found stuffed in a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait has been returned to the Philippines to her grieving family. A sister of Joanna Daniela Demafelis broke into tears and tried to embrace the casket but was pulled away at the Manila airport Friday. Demafelis's death is the latest tragedy to befall a Filipino worker abroad and the government banned Filipino workers from being deployed to Kuwait since her body was found. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said at the airport that Kuwait was also outraged by the death of Demafelis and will do everything to render justice. Source Body of Filipina Maid Found Inside Freezer in Kuwait The embassy...
It’s a sad thing that stories of OFWs working around the globe who are being maltreated by their abusive, ruthless employers seem to be endless. Currently, another case of 2 abused domestic helpers working in Kuwait has catch the attention of netizens as a Facebook Page calls for help from their respective families to verify their exact condition in their workplace and report it accordingly to the proper authorities so that necessary assistance may be extended to them. One of the two OFWs is identified as Aileen Fernandez from Barangay Taden, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. According to the post, her employer beat her which the bruises that she acquired was supported by the pictures that was posted in the Page. May these OFWs receive the assistance that they need an
A Filipina nanny in Kuwait received almost ₱500,000 from her employers. She said this happened two times when her son got sick. What’s her story? Read on to find out below! Being a nanny is not an easy job. Apart from chores, you have to look after the children of your employers and at the same time, comply to whatever demands or orders they have. Such was the case of this Filipina nanny in Kuwait who is identified as Nanay Viola. According to Definitely Filipino, she entered the profession when her husband died from Cancer in 1985. She went to a different country from her province in Batangas to fully support her five children. Nanay Viola began working with the Al-Ghareeb family, whose eldest at that time was just “barely a month old.” She eventually became his nanny w
According to a study conducted by researcher Fatmah Al-Ramzi under the supervision of Dr Ramzi Salama from the parliament’s Studies and Research Sector, majority of the marginal workers in Kuwait are victims of visa traders. The reports issued by the General Statistical Bureau in 2015 stated that non-Kuwaiti workers constitute the highest percentage in the labor market. Among them, 38.7 percent hold certificates below the primary level and 34.6 percent of them hold intermediate certificates. These are the categories targeted by the visa traders. Trafficking The study revealed that 1,000 fake commercial licenses along with the recruitment of 40,000 marginal workers were discovered during a campaign carried out by Ministry of Commerce in 2014. They received entry through contracts and
Lawmakers have been pushing to charge foreigners who they believe were exploiting Kuwait’s cheap or free medical services Kuwait’s health ministry has announced new health care service fees for expatriates and visitors. The move comes after a campaign by some lawmakers to charge expatriates who, they believe, were exploiting the largesse of free or cheap health ministry services in the country. The fees for services now include natural child delivery, open heart surgery, nuclear medicine, radiology tests, laboratory tests and artificial limbs will be implemented starting October 1, the ministry said in a statement. Under the new plan, the fee for regular consultation at the health centres is two Kuwaiti dinars while the emergency consultation fee is KD5 at specialised and general
13 suspects have been nabbed so far in a nationwide manhunt Kuwait has arrested two new suspects on charges of intelligence links with Lebanese pro-Iran militia Hezbollah with the intent to carry out antagonistic acts in the northern Arabian Gulf country. The arrests were part of a massive operation launched by the Kuwaiti authorities to re-arrest members of Al Abdali terror cell who were sentenced to prison terms in June, but have disappeared. The two were among a group of eight suspects referred to the public prosecution and will be remanded in custody for 21 days pending further investigations. One of the two suspects is a fugitive who was convicted in the 1980s in the case of explosions that hit the country. He was pardoned in the early 1990s by the Emir following the ...
Kuwait 'is very keen to resolve the dispute within the framework of the Gulf' Kuwait is reportedly launching a new initiative to break the stalemate in the Qatar crisis through focusing on specific measures that would “facilitate the start of an open dialogue”. The stalemate has prevailed since June 5 when Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed their diplomatic and trade relations with Qatar over supporting extremists and terror groups. Kuwait's First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Shaikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah and State Minister for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Information Minister Shaikh Mohammad Al Abdullah on Monday visited Saudi Arabia and Egypt as envoys of Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah. In Saudi Arabia,
The Kuwaiti Cabinet on Monday called on local mass media to live up to their due national responsibilities by helping in protecting and safeguarding national unity. The call came during the Cabinet’s routine weekly meeting held at Bayan Palace under chairmanship of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. The Cabinet asked mass media to fend off reporting anything that could trigger off tensions or divisions in the society, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Acting Minister of Information Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said in a statement following the meeting. However, the Cabinet applauded the sincere efforts of the Interior Ministry and its personnel to safeguard national security, safety and stability, along with their securi