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A village named Kuwait in the Philippines

Kuwait has provided millions of dollars in aid to the Philippines [file photo-aid]

Date of publication: 1 February, 2018

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A newly constructed village in the Philippines has been named 'Kuwait', in acknowledgment of the continued support provided by the Gulf state to the south-east Asian powerhouse.
A new village in the Philippines has been named after Kuwait, a mark of recognition of the continued support the Gulf state has provided the emerging Asian economy over the year.

The 297 house Kuwait Humanitarian Village is being unveiled in Samar, eastern Philippines, and cited as a positive step amid recent tensions between the two countries.

In January, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte unveiled travel restrictions that effectively halted migration to Kuwait.

He said this has been introduced in response to the alleged abuse of Filipino workers in the Gulf state.

The move angered Kuwait who felt they had been unfairly targeted by the ban. 

There are around 250,000 Filipino workers in Kuwait, many working as domestic helpers.

Despite the strained relations, Kuwait has announced a $10 million donation to the Philippines and provided particular support to rebuild areas hit by the devastating 2013 typhoon.

Kuwait said that the new village will help foster ties between the two countries.

"KRCS remains steadfast in its commitment to address humanitarian challenges, including poverty and malnutrition, all over the world," Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) Chairman Hilal al-Sayer said.

Kuwait has traditionally been a regional leader in providing aid, using its huge oil wealth to help developing nations across the world alleviate hunger, disease and poverty.

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