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BI to ban OFWs bound for Kuwait

By Conrado Ching

The Bureau of Immigration said it will not allow overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) whose destination is Kuwait to leave the airports and seaports in the country following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to strictly implement the ban on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait.
BI Commissioner Jaime Morente directed the bureau’s port operations chief Marc Red Mariñas to immediately enforce the ban and conduct stricter immigration formalities on all departing passengers.
Mariñas also said that “Balik Manggagawa” or returning OFWs from Kuwait are likewise covered by the ban.
“All Immigration Officers had been directed to prevent the departure of all OFWs bound for Kuwait.” Mariñas said.
“The rigid inspection of all departing Filipino passengers is necessary to thwart any attempts by illegal recruiters to circumvent the ban and facilitate the exit of Kuwaiti-bound OFWs through the notorious escort racket at the airport,” the BI official said.
“We shall implement this deployment ban to the letter and immigration personnel who connive with the escort syndicates will be dealt with severely,” the BI chief warned.
He urged the public not to hesitate in reporting to his office any BI personnel involved in such nefarious activities.
Mariñas said he has directed Julius Caesar Feria, head of the bureau’s travel control and enforcement unit (TCEU), to instruct his men in all the ports to be doubly vigilant in assessing and monitoring departing passengers.
“I also issued a stern warning to immigration officers in all the ports that anyone who engages in the escort racket will be suspended and eventually dismissed from the service for gross misconduct,” Mariñas added.

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