Filipinos are well-known for being hardworking, hospitable, generous, loving, kind, warm-hearted and diligent in their work wherever they may be in every part of the world. As such, it is the reason why of all nationality, Filipinos are most-sought by employers for possessing those positive characteristics.
With the decision made by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in banning the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, many had expressed their opinions and varied reactions. But among those reactions, this editorial coming from Kuwait’s Former Minister of Oil seemed to make a remarkable impact in the hearts of many who were able to read his piece.
In his column on Arab Times titled “Kuwaitis Without Filipinas”, Ali Ahmed Al Baghli expressed his thoughts claiming Kuwait was greatly affected with Pres. Duterte’s decision of stopping the deployment OFWs in their country. He said the decision had put them in great ordeal as they are used to enjoying their lives around hygienic, educated, sincere and serious female domestic helpers coming from the Philippines.
As such, he recounted the first time he met a Filipina nanny while visiting the house of his schoolmate who belongs to the Royal family.
He narrated that it was in the year 1960 when he saw the Filipina nanny who looked very different from other nannies he used to meet coming from the Arab and the Indian countries. He then thought that his schoolmate was really so rich that their family had afforded to get a Filipina nanny who will look after his schoolmate’s younger brother. Of course, that is taking into account that they were known for their positive attitude and their dedication to work.
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And as days went by, Ali shared that Filipinos had filled their houses, hospitals, beauty salon, health and medical center and every aspect of their lives. And the good thing about it, is the fact that as their number increases, they were all praises to them for possessing good reputation, hygiene, discipline at work and their sincerity.
Ali claimed he cannot imagine the lives of the Kuwaitis without the Filipinas who had been pampering them especially the sick people.
Sadly, there are some Kuwaitis who are not treating them fairly which they deserve and in turn had affected those employers who had been good to the Filipinas. He also confirmed that some of his fellow countrymen even treated their helpers just like their slaves.
Towards the end of his statement, he then held the Kuwaiti government, its security and justice agencies liable and responsible for not strictly enforcing the law on those who abuse laws of humanity.