MANILA – The Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) is looking into the possible liability of the recruitment agency of slain overseas Filipino worker Jullebee Ranara in Kuwait.
DMW Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac said in an interview on Wednesday that recruitment agencies should have monitored the workers’ condition and reported them to proper authorities.
“Yan ay tinitingnan ngayon ni Undersecretary Bernard Olalia, ang isang nakikita ko ngayon dito una ay yung kanilang pag monitor kasi under the DMW rules dapat merong monitoring at regular reporting ng kalagayan ng isang OFW lalo na yung mga OFW na kasambahay sa kalagayan nila sa abroad (That is what Undersecretary Bernard Olalia is looking at now. One thing I see here right now is their monitoring because under the DMW rules, there must be monitoring and regular reporting of the condition of an OFW, especially OFWs who are domestic helpers, on their condition abroad),” Cacdac said.
“Yun ang unang unang susuriin siguro but rest assured meron ng pagsusuri at imbestigasyon na isinasagawa ang Department of Migrant Workers tungkol sa ginawa ng recruitment agency dito (That will probably be the first to be checked, but rest assured there is a review and investigation being conducted by the Department of Migrant Workers regarding the actions of the recruitment agency),” he added.
DMW Secretary Susan Ople earlier shared that Ranara told her mother of a misunderstanding between her and the son of her employer who is cruel to her.
The mother said her daughter complained that her life was even threatened by her employer's son.
On Saturday, Ranara went missing and on Sunday, her charred body was found in the desert in the Gulf State.
The same person, the 17-year-old son of her employer was arrested by Kuwaiti authorities shortly after Ranara’s burnt remains were found and confessed to the crime.
The suspect is now under police custody.
At present, Cacdac said the DMW is waiting for the official findings from Kuwaiti authorities while the repatriation of the remains of the victim is being processed.
Meanwhile, he said that the department is also looking closely at the recruitment process of workers bound for Kuwait.
“Sinusuri din ng maigi yung kaparaanan ng recruitment, yung pagpili ng mga recruitment agencies whether Kuwaiti-based or Philippine- based, at dapat safe and ethical, maayos, hindi paramihan ng recruitment dito sa Kuwait kundi sinisigurado natin na mga matitinong recruitment agencies ang magkakaroon ng pagkakataon dito sa recruitment sa Kuwait (The method of recruitment is also being carefully examined, the selection of recruitment agencies whether Kuwait-based or Philippine-based, they must be safe and ethical, proper, and does not aim to only increase the number of recruitment but make sure that good performing recruitment agencies will have the opportunity to recruit for Kuwait),” he said. (PNA)