BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) announced the other day that there will be no more deployment of first-time domestic helpers bound for Kuwait.
The decision was made by the department due to the recent issues in Kuwait involving the gruesome killing of Jullebee Ranara and several others OFWs experiencing maltreatment from their Kuwaiti employers.
The 35-year-old Jullebee Ranara was reportedly slain by the son of her employers. She was burned and brought to the dessert.
Susan Ople, DMW chief told the media Wednesday that they have suspended applications for applicants who are first-time to go to Kuwait to seek for greener pasture.
“Iyong mga baguhan, never before nag-work as kasambahays abroad or yung nag-work as kasambahays pero hindi sa Kuwait ay kailangan maghintay muna dahil nais tiyakin ng department na may mas maayos na monitoring at mas mabilis na response system in place bago sila tumungo doon,” Ople explained to the media.
The slain Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Kuwait, Jullebee Cabilis Ranara, was finally laid to her final resting place on Sunday, February 6, at the Golden Haven Memorial Park.
Ranara was found dead in a desert in Kuwait. She was reportedly killed and burned by the 17-year-old son of her employers.
According to OWWA Administrator Arnell Ignacio, the family of the victim requested that the burial will be privately held.
However, the OWWA official did not elaborate the reason why the family had refused to make the burial ceremony in public.
Ignacio said his office has already extended educational support and scholarship for the victim’s children. It was also learned that other people have also extended their financial support to the family of Ranara.
“We are sad and at the same time, enraged over the death of Jullebee in Kuwait. The government should come up with a concrete action so that justice will be served to Jullebee’s family, and to prevent similar tragedies from happening as well,” said Gina Cedron of KMK.
Both OWWA and the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), reports said, will also provide assistance including the processing of the victim’s insurance and death benefits that will be given to the immediate family of Ranara.