Government to bring home first batch of 800 Filipino workers from Kuwait starting Monday

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed on Saturday that 800 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were about to go home from Kuwait.

There will be more Filipino workers from the Gulf state to be repatriated in the next more days to come.

This action came after President Rodrigo Duterte announced that OFWs in Kuwait who want to go home maybe deported back to the Philippines within the next 72 hours.

DFA Usec Sarah Lou Ariola said that 800 is just an initial number of Filipino workers expected to in the coming days.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier directed the DFA to find ways and bring home the OFWs from Kuwait, and that he will ask the Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to transport them back.

“So everyone who wants to come home, I said to Secretary Bello, those who want to be repatriated, with or without money, I will ask PAL and Cebu Pacific to provide the transportation. I want them out of the country those who want to go out in 72 hours,” the president said.

“We will count our lives by the hours because apparently, every hour, there is a suffering and agony, brutality committed by Filipinos,” he added.

The travel expenses will be deducted to the DFA’s assistance-to-nationals (ATN) fund, says Raul Dado, the executive director of the DFA Office of Migrants Workers Affairs.

Based on the records, there are around 250, 000 Filipino workers in Kuwait.

The president earlier threatened to impose a total ban of employment to the country of Kuwait due to reports of maltreatment and abuse of some employers to its Filipino workers.

In 2016, there were 82 recorded deaths of OFWs in Kuwait, which increased by 20 percent in 2017.

 Source: News 5, PNA

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