A total of 143 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who experienced physical, verbal, or sexual abuse from their employers in Kuwait are on their way back to the Philippines.
One of the repatriates, Jadelyn Manguigin, said she is overjoyed because she can finally live a life without fear. She spent two years as an undocumented worker after her employer refused to bring her back to her agency.
“Sobrang saya. Mabubuhay ka na nang normal. Mabubuhay ka na walang halong kaba. Yong ganong buhay. Napakahirap po ng buhay sa Kuwait na takas ka. Walang kasiguraduhan buhay namin dito,” said one of the repatriates, Jadelyn Manguigin.
Other repatriates like Monisa Angcot took refuge in the embassy shelter after being physically abused by her employer.
“Binugbog nga po ako. Nag stay ako ng eight months sa Hateen. Hindi na lang po ako nagkaso kasi gusto ko na lang pong makauwi,” she said.
The distressed workers came home with sad stories but renewed hopes of moving up with their families. They also told the future president to stop sending house workers in the Middle East so that no one will suffer what they have gone through.
Angcot also said if there are more jobs available in the Philippines, Filipinos will not resort to working abroad.
The biggest batch of distressed OFWs were sent home through the help of the embassy and the Kuwait government’s assisted voluntary repatriated program. Repatriated workers will go straight to the airport and would no longer pass through the deportation center.
An estimated 130 OFWs are still at the embassy center and more than 200 OFWs at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration shelter waiting for their turn to be repatriated.
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Source ABS-CBN News