Another set of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) was sent home through the help of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
On September 24, 2019, 63 OFWs were repatriated through the assistance of the Philippine Embassy. These OFWs are either undocumented or distressed Filipinos.
This batch is already the sixth one to benefit from the Embassy Assisted Repatriation Program (EARP) this year. The Philippine Embassy was able to repatriate a total of 327 OFWs this year.
Consul General Mohd. NoordinPendosina N. Lomondot and the Embassy Charge d’Affairesaccompanied the OFWs from the Embassy until they were able to check-in at the Kuwait International Airport as most of these OFWs have absconding cases or expired visas.
Before returning home, Lomondot explained to the repatriates that this government program is an effort of President Rodrigo Duterte through the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Illegal Residency Monitoring and Immigration Departments in Kuwait.
The Philippine Embassy also gave US$100 (Approx. P5,000) as financial assistance to each OFW.
“Hindi ditosa Kuwait nagtataposangbuhay. Baka nasaibanglugarangsuwertenatin. Para sakinabukasanniyo, patuloynapalawakinanginyongkakayahantulad ng pag-e-enroll sa TESDA at iba pang mga training institution. Tuloy pa rinanglaban ng buhay,” says Lomondot.
Aside from the one-way ticket from Kuwait to Manila and financial assistance, 24 repatriates also received domestic tickets from NAIA to their provinces.
Filipinos with absconding cases as well as expired visas are encouraged by the Philippine Embassy to take advantage of the EARP and apply as soon as possible.