PH seeks better treatment of workers in Kuwait

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) — Authorities are not letting up on the call for better treatment of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait.

In a media briefing Friday, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the government has put forward a list of demands for Kuwait to provide greater protection for all Filipino workers.

For one, Kuwait needs to address complaints overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are being underpaid, transferred to other employers and even other countries.

The government also wants Kuwait to extend its amnesty program for undocumented workers by another three months.

The amnesty is set to expire by February 22.

Cayetano said unless Kuwait can commit to reforms, President Rodrigo Duterte will not visit the Arab country for negotiations.

Cayetano was also among the officials who was in attendance as the body of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis arrived in Manila today.

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Speaking to media, he said the country wants 24-hour updates and full access to police findings on the slain domestic worker.

Authorities will not leave any stone unturned in Demafelis' death.

Cayetano said they are now working on a memorandum of understanding with the Kuwaiti government to protect the rights of OFWs.