The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines with The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) held its third on-site Labor Education program (OLEP) at the grand ballroom of the Radisson Blu Hotel on Friday morning till afternoon. The full day program discussed the different labor laws of Kuwait and Philippines and how to further prevent disputes between employers and employees. The Philippine Labor Attaché Atty. Cesar Chavez added that OLEP is a dispute prevention strategy that provides details of Kuwait and Philippines labor policies.
Atty. Chavez also said that such program is essential for every OFW to attend as it can provide more information about their rights as well as obligations to their contracts in accordance with the laws of Kuwait to further avoid disputes between employers and employees, which can further escalate to legal proceedings.
“Today we have invited representatives from different Filipino organizations and hoping that they can cascade and share this information to their members,” stated the Labor Attaché. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Renato Pedro Villa lauded POLO and OWWA for sponsoring this program, which is the third in Kuwait.
The envoy added that such programs can reach other Filipinos in Kuwait so they can be empowered with the information that can better enhance their working situation and conditions. Among the highlights of the occasion were discussion of Kuwait Labor law, The Philippine Overseas and Labor Administration regulations and other laws affecting the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Balik Mangagawa on Line and POLO services by Labor Attaché I Angelita Narvaez, on-site case management and handling of Visa 20 by Welfare Officer Nestor Burayag, Introduction of the Filipino Association of Secretaries of Employment Agencies in Kuwait by Paulo Liwanag, Assistance to the Nationals Unit services by Vice Consul Atty Shiena Tesorero, Social Security services Juan Eribal Jr, Pag Ibig Fund by Mac Khalil, OpenForum and closing remarks by the Consul General Atty. Raul Dado.
“OLEP is very important for us agency administrators as it can serve as guidelines for us in deploying household workers to Kuwait homes,” commented Editha Hael, Agency Secretary. Paulo Liwanag further added that the program gives them more on hand information on how to provide better conditions and assistance to the workers deployed under their agencies. Certificates were distributed to all participants, and the event was hosted by Maria Fatima Dazal and Hannah Manangca.
By Ricky Laxa