DMW to repatriate all distressed OFWs in Kuwait by the end of January

DMW to repatriate all distressed OFWs in Kuwait by the end of January

By Junex Doronio
January 23, 2023

MANILA — If you think working abroad for the family is the proverbial sunshine and roses, think again as hundreds of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Kuwait are now being repatriated by the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and assisted by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

DMW Undersecretary Hans Cacdac expressed hope to repatriate all distressed OFWs in Kuwait by the end of January.

“(This week) maibaba na sa 120 ang distressed OFWs sa Kuwait until makauwi na silang lahat by the end of this month,” Cacdac assured.

It was gathered that of the 421 distressed Kuwait OFWs, the DWM had repatriated 142 since January 17.

Cacdac disclosed that another batch of 120 OFWs from Kuwait will be arriving tomorrow, January 24.

“Bagama’t wala tayong nakitang distressed OFWs na nasa shelter na nabiktima ng malubhang physical abuse ng kanilang mga employer, nakikita pa rin ang abuses in terms sa paglabag sa kontrata,” the DMW official said.

He further bared that offered a reintegration program for returning OFWs and provides them with small business investment and training.

For his part, former television game show host and now OWWA Administrator Arnell Ignacio said cash assistance were being given to the returning OFWs.

“Upon arrival at the airport, the repatriated OFWs receive cash assistance from OWWA amounting to P10,000 each,” Ignacio said.

(ai/mtvn)

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