The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait reported the repatriation of 380 distressed Filipino workers from Kuwait as part of the State of Kuwait’s Amnesty Program which started in April 2020.
Two chartered flights arranged by the Kuwaiti government are scheduled to arrive in Manila on 01 and 03 June 2020, respectively, with 190 OFWs each flight via Kuwait Airlines KU417 at 2:00 p.m.
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According to DOLE Undersecretary Claro Arellano, 2,277 OFWs were repatriated by the Kuwaiti government following its decision on 30 March to effect the Amnesty Program covering all expatriates with expired residency visa including those with absconding cases provided that they have no travel ban.
“Kuwaiti government shouldered the airfare costs, including provision for food and accommodation to qualified OFW availed pending their departure to the Philippines,” Arellano said.
The Department of Labor and Employment, through the POLO in Kuwait closely coordinated with the Public Authority for Manpower and the Ministry of Interior to ensure that qualified OFWs are given priority access on the amnesty program of the host government which ended on 30 April 2020.