The Department of Labor and Employment will be scaling down the deployment of workers to Kuwait over its requirement for recruits, including those from the Philippines, to get medical clearance amid the global novel coronavirus outbreak.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday that the government would be slowing down the issuance of overseas employment certificates by delaying its release by around a month in a bid to sway Filipino workers away from Kuwait.
During a press briefing, Bello said this action is not a “retaliatory order, it’s a practical order.” Since the Kuwaiti government is asking for so many requirements from Filipino workers, it’s adding to the burden of our people. It would be better for Filipinos to go to other countries.
He added that deployment to Kuwait will be scaled back up again if it waives the medical clearance requirement.