Earlier this year, the Philippines temporarily banned the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait, after the mutilated body of a 29-year-old Filipina worker was discovered inside a freezer in her employer’s apartment.
Tensions increased months later after a video featuring officials conducting a rescue of citizens from Kuwaiti employers accused of abuse. The incident led to Kuwait’s expulsion of the Philippine ambassador and the withdrawal of its own ambassador from Manila.
To ease tensions between the two countries, officials from both sides signed an agreement in May which would require employers to provide Filipino workers guaranteed food, housing, clothing and health insurance.
The agreement includes the right for Filipino workers to keep their passports and mobile phones, which previously have been confiscated by employers in Kuwait and other Gulf states. The two governments also agreed that employment contracts would only be renewed upon approval from Philippine officials.
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