DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano has since apologized to his Kuwaiti counterpart and to the Kuwaiti government who were offended by some actions taken by the embassy officials and personnel.
News agency KUNA said the Philippine ambassador had been given a week to leave oil-rich Kuwait, adding tension to a spat between the two nations triggered by the discovery of a Filipina's body in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait City.
It accused the embassy staff of the Philippines of interfering with the internal affairs of Kuwait and infringing on the work of its security agencies.
Kuwait announced it would expel the Philippine ambassador and recall its envoy from Manila after videos emerged of its embassy staff conducting "rescue operations" for Filipinos fleeing from allegedly abusive employers in the capital.
Cayetano said there is an urgent need to rescue all distressed OFWs in Kuwait due to incidents of serious abuses and threats.
Another depicts a person sprinting from what looks like a construction site and then speeding off in a black sport utility vehicle.
ThThe Philippines on Tuesday apologized for actions by its embassy in Kuwait that the Gulf state viewed as a violation of its sovereignty.
In a press conference held at the embassy in Kuwait, the diplomat expressed his country's "gratitude" to the generosity of the Kuwaiti government to more than "250,000 Filipino citizens who consider Kuwait their second home".
The treatment of Filipina domestic workers in the Gulf state came under the spotlight after the murder of maid in the country.
The DFA statement said both countries agreed to work together to address matters of mutual concern and that they were optimistic issues between both countries would be resolved following the dialogue.
Human Rights Watch and other groups have documented extensive mistreatment of expatriate maids and other foreign workers from the developing world in several Middle East states, drawing attention to abuses including sexual assault and confiscation of passports.
About 10 million Filipinos work overseas and the money they send back is a lifeline of the Philippines economy.