President Duterte declares deployment ban in Kuwait permanent

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Sunday, April 29, announced that the ban on the deployment of workers in Kuwait will stay permanently.

“There will be no more recruitment for — especially domestic helpers,” he said in his statement at the Davao International Airport in Buhangin, Davao City.

The President arrived early Sunday morning from Singapore following his successful participation at the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

The Chief Executive reiterated his appeal to Filipinos who are still in Kuwait to come home and asked them to “cherish and nurture patriotism.”

“I appeal to your sense of patriotism and to your love of country and family,” he said.

Duterte vowed that the government will do its best to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait to return and resettle.

He noted that the country’s economy is doing good, adding that there is a lack of skilled workers in the country such as master carpenters, master plumbers, and master electricians.

At the same time, the President mentioned that there are a number of constructions going on as his administration launches projects under its massive infrastructure program.

He also disclosed that China is seeking to employ about a thousand English teachers from the Philippines.

“Maybe we can give them the preference ‘yung maraming mga maestra na nagtrabaho ng ganun. So unahin muna natin sila. If they are adept in — sa English language, then I will be going to communicate with my friend, how he can help us,” he said.

The President also appealed to Kuwait to treat with humanity they deserve the Filipinos who wish to stay in the Gulf state.

“Please do not abuse Filipino workers,” he said.

Duterte described the conflict in Kuwait as current developments which test both countries’ commitment to work together.

“We must be undeterred in the work of helping our fellow human beings as we pursue our shared interests with due respect [for] each other’s sovereignty,” he said.

The President, however, clarified that he does not nurture hate against Kuwaiti people and government, citing the “so many years that we were in best of relations.” PND