By Roy Mabasa
A total of 177 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), majority of whom are household service workers, were repatriated from Kuwait and arrived in Manila Sunday.
This puts the running total of repatriated OFWs from Kuwait to around 1,700.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the repatriated OFWs availed of the Kuwaiti government’s amnesty program. Many of the distressed OFWs are victims of illegal recruitment who entered Kuwait through neighboring countries.
The DFA said the repatriated OFWs will be leaving for their home provinces after receiving P5,000 each in financial assistance from the DFA. Many of them expressed their desire to seek employment opportunities in countries other than those in the Middle East.
The DFA continues to negotiate with the Kuwaiti government for an extension of the amnesty program which will allow undocumented OFWs to process the documents that they need to work legally in Kuwait.