Another set of 267 Filipino overseas workers (OFW) will be returning home to the Philippines from Kuwait on Saturday, February 17.
The returning OFWs were divided into three batches where 37 are expected to arrive in the midday; 80 to arrive at 3 p.m.; 150 to arrive at 10 p.m.
The OFWs, who were granted the Kuwait government’s amnesty program, were mostly undocumented and overstaying Filipino workers.
Meanwhile, some 34 OFWs from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia have also been flown back home.
The returning Filipino workers arrived early 6 a.m. today on board Philippine Airline flight pr-663.
Many of the OFWs worked in Jeddah as plumbers and aircon technicians.
According to the Repatriation and Assistance Division of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, the OFWs decided to return back home after their employers failed to provide them with an Iqama or residency permits.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has also extended its “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay” program to the returning Filipino workers where they will be given a cash assistance of Php 20,000.
Previously, President Rodrigo Duterte directed the temporary ban on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait following the deaths of some 12 OFWs as well as the murder of Joanna Daniela Demafelis, a domestic helper from Kuwait who was found dead and stuffed in a freezer for an entire year.