A total of 307 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait arrived in the country over the weekend through a repatriation program led by the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OMWA) and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
Currently, the total running number of repatriated OFWs from Kuwait stands at around 1700.
Majority of the repatriated OFWs are household service workers who were granted amnesty by the Kuwaiti government. The OFWs hail from different provinces, particularly from the Visayas and Mindanao.
The returning OFW all received a financial assistance of Php 5,000 from the DFA to help them resettle while they search for other employment opportunities.
According to DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano, their agency aims to repatriate all the 10,000 overstaying OFWs in Kuwait. Due to this, the DFA-OMWA and the Embassy are negotiating with the Kuwaiti government to extend the amnesty program for three months.
Through this program, overstaying OFWs and those without proper work documents to leave the Gulf state without any fines or penalties.
Many of the undocumented OFWs in Kuwait are victims of illegal recruitment who were recruited through social media and entered Kuwait through other neighboring countries.
A joint effort from the DFA-OMWA and the Embassy have been launched to educate and warn Filipinos from falling prey to illegal recruiters.
According to the DFA, more batches of repatriated OFWs are expected to arrive in the following days.