39 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) have safely arrived in the country after seeking assistance from the government due to the maltreatment they were experiencing abroad.
Onboard flight number 669 of the Philippine Airline (PAL) the returning OFW’s landed on Philippine soil at about 7:40 a.m. on Friday, February 2.
According to a report by DZRH Sherwin Alfaro, the 39 Filipino workers took part in the government’s repatriation program after their foreign employers abused by withholding their monthly salaries and contract.
There to greet the returning OFW’s was none other than Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio.
According to Cacdac, other than shouldering the transportation expenses of the Filipino workers back to the country, OWWA would also process the needed documents to return the OFW’s back to their respective homes and provinces.
On January 22, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued administrative order no. 25, directing the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to temporarily suspend the release of overseas employment certificates (OEC) following the deaths of 12 Filipino workers in Kuwait.
During an interview with DZRH, Cacdac reassured the public that the OWWA would continue to cater to the welfare and protection of OFWs by providing transport assistance, counseling, legal support, financial grants and much more to returning overseas Filipino workers.