The organization also joined the Department of Laboratory and Employment (DOLE) and other workers` groups and strongly condemned the death of Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende. The agreement also includes the repatriation of OFWs to emergency shelters and requesters for assistance, the activation of a 24/7 emergency call number for sea doctors in need and the creation of a special police unit to assist the Philippine Embassy in rescue operations. “The MOA… Not just should be written on paper, because nothing less than Kuwait`s labor laws guarantee better working conditions for our OFWs, including banning the seizure of workers` passports,” Villanueva said in a statement late Friday. After the signing of the new agreement on Friday, Philippine officials said a new ambassador would be appointed to Kuwait and that President Duterte would advise lifting his entry ban. Susan Ople, president of the Policy Center, said the South Cotabato OFW was not with her employer in Kuwait until six months before the alleged murder. In 2018, the Philippine and Kuwaiti authorities have reached an agreement on the deployment and protection of the OFWs that will be employed there. The general trend of interventions in the region since the mid-1970s reflects the feminization of labour in the Philippines. The majority of domestic workers are women who want to take care of their children, left in the care of parents in the Philippines. For some women, working as domestic servants abroad is the only way to escape poverty or violence at home, despite their vulnerability to abuse abroad. On May 12, 2018, the Philippine government announced a partial lifting of the ban allowing “skilled” and “semi-skilled” workers to be sent to Kuwait, and Philippine President`s spokesman Harry Roque said relations between the two countries had returned to normal.  Duterte ordered the complete lifting of the intervention ban on 16 May, and on 22 May he declared that his country`s relations with Kuwait were now “correct”. Meanwhile, the Blas F.
Ople Policy Center has asked the Senate and House of Representatives committees on labor affairs and ofW to hold a joint hearing on the recent murder of Villavende, particularly on the ability of the public and private sectors to effectively monitor the conditions of domestic workers abroad. “I think the crisis is over. We will continue bilateral relations and resume normal relations with Kuwait,” said an AFP official. The authorities of both countries held talks to ease diplomatic tensions. On February 14, 2018, the governments of Kuwait and the Philippines announced that they had agreed to sign an agreement on working conditions. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was also invited to a state visit to Kuwait.  There is an urgent need to address the implementation of the bilateral labour agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait to ensure the well-being and safety of approximately 260,000 Filipinos living in Kuwait, mostly domestic workers.