Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte lauded President Rodrigo Duterte’s continuous battle for the rights of Filipinas working overseas, particularly those located in Kuwait and other Middle Eastern nations.
Belmonte expressed this following the President’s move to compel the Kuwaiti government to sign an agreement which seeks to ensure the well-being of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), especially women.
“Natutuwa ako sa Pangulo, he really fights for the rights of our OFWs, most of whom are women.Karamihan sa mga OFWs natin ay mga babae,” Belmonte said.
The agreement, she stressed, could surely protect Filipinas from abuses.
Women migrant workers comprise 53.6 percent of 2.2 million OFWs, Belmonte noted, citing data from the Philippine Statistics Auhtority.
Belmonte also stressed that despite issues of the President being a chauvinist, she felt his sincerity in protecting Filipina OFWs in Kuwait.
The President is asking the Kuwaiti government to make sure that OFWs get seven hours of sleep, enjoy holidays, and will not have their passports confiscated by their employers.
He also demanded that OFWs be allowed to cook their own food rather than eating leftovers, a common practice of abusive employers in Kuwait.
“So ito ‘yung mga rights na pinaglalaban ng ating Pangulo. He said ‘I will not allow women OFWs to go back to Kuwait if you do not grant them rights’. Kaya palakpakan natin ang ating Pangulo,” Belmonte said.