UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine officials will meet with a Kuwaiti delegation in Manila to negotiate an agreement on overseas Filipino workers.

Negotiations began after President Rodrigo Duterte announced a ban on OFW’s travelling to Kuwait for work due to safety concerns.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the two delegations will meet March 15 and 16 to hammer out an agreement.

Cayetano said Duterte wants what is written in the agreement to translate into real actionable measures to protect Filipinos from abuse.

He said in previous talks, Kuwaiti officials agreed to a minimum monthly salary for Filipino workers, at least eight hours of rest a day and possession of their passports and phones.

Cayetano said workers should also be able to file complaints directly with Kuwaiti authorities and have their salaries deposited directly into their bank accounts.