Gov’t Repatriates 34 Kuwait OFWs

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government repatriated another batch of distressed workers from the Middle East Thursday morning with the arrival of 34 Filipinos from Kuwait.

The group of mostly women workers arrived onboard Gulf Air flight GF154 which arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at 11:00 am yesterday.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Chief Carmelita Dimzon said the workers had been staying at the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for several weeks after running away from their employers.

One of the workers who identified herself as Joheyra from Sultan Kudarat said her employers forced her to work long hours seven days a week leaving her with very little time to sleep and rest.

Joheyra said she ran away from her employer and went to the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for help.

A big number of runaway workers go to the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait to seek refuge while waiting to be repatriated back to the Philippines.

The OWWA repatriation team was on hand at the airport to assist the workers through immigration and Customs proceedings.

From the airport, the workers were brought to the OWWA headquarters in Pasay City while transportation back to their provinces are being arranged.