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DMW considers blacklisting problematic recruitment agencies in Kuwait

Department of Migrant Workers Secretary Susan "Toots" Ople (file)

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) -- The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is now considering blacklisting problematic recruitment agencies in Kuwait following the death of overseas Filipino worker Jullebee Ranara.

According to DMW Secretary Susan "Toots" Ople, they are set to revisit and review the bilateral labor agreement in Kuwait with their counterparts. However, there is no exact date for the meeting yet.

Sec. Ople said they have a lot to discuss such as reporting mechanisms, tracking of welfare cases and the possible whitelisting and blacklisting of recruitment agencies that the country is currently implementing in Saudi Arabia.

The Department is said to be ready to explore all possibilities.

The DMW has also issued an order for preventive suspension against Ranara's employer.

It can be recalled that on January 22, Ranara's charred body was found in the middle of the desert in that country.

The 17-year-old suspect, who is the son of Ranara's boss, confessed that he raped Ranara and got her pregnant.

It also appeared in the reports that the victim was mistreated and ran over twice by the suspect who is now in the custody of the authorities.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said he wanted a review of the labor agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait.

The President said a bilateral meeting is also scheduled in Kuwait to review the current agreement between the two countries.

Pres, Marcos hopes that such an incident will not happen again. (PIA-NCR)

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