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OFW deal with Kuwait to be signed before Ramadan – Cayetano

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the welfare of Filipinos working in Kuwait is expected to be signed in the Philippines before Ramadan.

This was disclosed by the Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after addressing the issue of “illegal rescue operation” of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.

Cayetano said the Kuwaiti government remains eager to push through with the signing of the MOU.

“In fact they’re following up on the signing. So we will try to have the signing of the agreement in the Philippines before Ramadan because the time period for the President to prepare will be very short,” Cayetano said.

“And if the President decides to visit or if the invitation is reiterated, the visit can take place, hindi pa sure, but it can take place after Ramadan,” he said.

The Ramadan period will start mid-May of this year.

Kuwait earlier assured it would uphold the rights of Filipinos working in their country.

“What they agreed upon is that they will honor, you know, minimum standards of treating our OFWs. They will respect our rights to protect our workers in Kuwait,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

“And because the President is sincere, they can see his sincerity, he delivers the message better on a one-on-one, or a bilateral basis,” Cayetano added.

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