The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is working to ensure the repatriation of all overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait, even those facing charges.
According to Atty. Dodo Dulay, deputy administrator of OWWA, they are helping OFWs in Kuwait to obtain exit visas so that they can return to the Philippines.
Dulay further added that they are also assisting the return of OFWs that have pending cases in Kuwait, particularly those who escaped from their employers.
“Tinutulungan natin silang kumuha ng tinatawag na exit visa para makalabas na sila.” Dulay said during DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan. “Lalo kapag ito ay tumakas sa kanilang amo ay siguradong may kaso ito, yung tinatawag na absconding case.I Inaayos natin iyan para sila ay makabalik sa PIlipinas.”
Dulay also promised aid for returning OFWs including return tickets to their respective provinces, free lodging while in Metro Manila, Php5,000 cash assistance, livelihood program, seminars and scholarship programs.
On February 9, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III to bring home all distressed OFWs within 72 hours, after a body of an OFW was found inside her employer’s freezer.
Due to the same incident, Duterte has also ordered the Department of Labor and Employment to implement a total ban of the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait.