Philippine embassy in Kuwait charges maid recruitment firms $10,000 deposit 

A handout photo released on February 20, 2018 by the Kuwaiti newspaper, Kuwait Times, shows Filipino workers trying to get amnesty waiting outside the Philippine embassy in Kuwait City. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 23 July 2018

Philippine embassy in Kuwait charges maid recruitment firms $10,000 deposit 

The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait on Sunday ruled that domestic worker recruitment agencies in the country will have to pay a $10,000 deposit, national daily the Kuwait Times reported. 

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s rules state that upon application for accreditation by foreign recruitment agencies, they will be required to set up and maintain an account with a bank authorized by the Philippine Central Bank with a minimum deposit of $10,000. 

This is to protect the interests of workers from the Philippines and provide better protection, especially to household service workers. 

However, the deposit is not required for each and every Filipino hired. 

The deposit will primarily be for the settlement of all valid and legal claims and violation of contracts of employment.


Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

Updated 12 min 26 sec ago

Oman’s ruler back home after medical checkup in Belgium

  • Sultan Qaboos has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970
  • The sultan has no known successor for his throne in Oman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Oman’s 79-year-old ruler has returned to his sultanate after traveling to Belgium for a medical checkup, the sultanate’s state-run news agency reported Friday.

Sultan Qaboos bin Said left “for some medical checks that will take a limited period, God willing,” the Oman News Agency reported a week earlier, citing a royal court statement. A similar royal statement announced his return, without elaborating.

Bin Said has taken medical trips abroad in the past. The sultan has ruled Oman since he succeeded his father in 1970. He has no known successor for his throne in Oman, a country on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula that’s home to some 4.6 million people.