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DOLE Mulls New Deployment Ban of OFWs to Kuwait


It was February last year when the lifeless body of Joanna Demafelis from Iloilo was found in the freezer in Kuwait. Due to the incident, the deployment ban of household service workers or domestic helpers in Kuwait was imposed but three months later — May 2018, that ban was lifted.

This May 2019, a year after the deployment ban was lifted, another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) died in brutal death in Kuwait. Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) confirmed the death of 47-year-old Constancia Dayag, a Filipina domestic helper who died in the hand of her abusive employer.

Bello said Dayag was dead on arrival in hospital after suffering severe wounds. A cucumber inserted into her private was also recovered.

Re-imposition of Deployment Ban?

Because of the recent brutal death of another Filipina in Kuwait, DOLE said they are considering the re-imposition of the deployment ban. This is if the Kuwaiti government fails to ensure the protection of OFWs in the said country.

“It’s an option,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III replied when asked yesterday whether the government would reimpose the deployment ban.

“I am taking the Kuwaiti government to task for the gruesome death of yet another Filipino worker in the hands of her employer in Kuwait,” he added.

According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Administrator Bernard P. Olalia, the re-imposition of deployment ban to Kuwait will be tackled in their next governing board meeting.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will provide death and burial assistance to the family of Dayag. OWWA also assures that one of her children will receive scholarship support while the family will get livelihood grants.


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