MANILA, Philippines — Two batches of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait arrived in the country, Monday.
The more than 300 repatriated OFWs are among those who were granted amnesty by the Kuwaiti government.
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Cacdac said they include OFWs who overstayed, has legal cases and domestic helpers who ran away.
The returnees expressed relief upon arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Masaya kasi nakauwi na kami na ligtas ( I am happy because we were able to go home safe),” said Rose who fled from her employer because she was not being paid.
The OFWs were welcomed by the officials of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
Each was given cash for their transportation back to their provinces.
They also received P5,000 financial assistance and P20,000 livelihood fund.
“Kapag may pagkakataon ay magbalik. Kasi dito sa Pilipinas, marami man talagang trabaho dito kaya lang, ‘yung sahod dito hindi naman malaki masyado (If there is an opportunity, I will go back abroad. There are many jobs in the Philippines but the pay is not much),” said Marie Casquite
While some still hope to work abroad, others no longer wish to go back.
“Naku, huwag na! Ang sasama ng ugaling Arabo sa Kuwait (No, forget it! Arabs in Kuwait have bad attitudes),” said Bai Dasil, a Filipino migrant worker.
The Kuwaiti government has set the amnesty deadline to February 22. In March, it will begin its crackdown on undocumented foreign workers.
OWWA is hoping that OFWs in Kuwait will take advantage of the amnesty offered by the Kuwaiti government.
The agency also calls on Filipino workers facing problems in employment abroad to call its hotlines.
OFWs may contact OWWA via its hotline number (02) 551-1560 or through text messaging in the numbers 0917-txt OWWA. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
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