National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has so far helped bring home around 730 Filipino overseas workers from Kuwait and continues its repatriation efforts in coordination with the Philippine embassy in the Gulf state, according to PAL vice president for corporate communications Jose Perez de Tagle.
In an interview with DZRH Wednesday morning, Tagle said that since February 13, PAL has been regularly flying four times a week to and from Kuwait to bring back OFWs from Kuwait, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to ban the deployment of Filipino workers to the country over reported abuses.
Tagle said the repatriation “is free of charge” and “a special offer to distressed OFWs.” He added that PAL was making sure that the Filipinos boarding planes back to the Philippines “are properly documented.”
The PAL official said that if the Philippine government needs more help in sending back OFWs, the airline could have charter flights on standby that “can be operated to Kuwait.”
“We will consider any request,” he said.
“We are always ready to assist…(We give) assurance to help our Filipino heroes in Kuwait for their welfare,” added Tagle.