PAL offers to fly home OFWs from Kuwait


Posted at Feb 10 2018 11:36 PM | Updated as of Feb 11 2018 12:32 AM

MANILA—Philippine Airlines on Saturday said it would send a plane to Kuwait to bring home distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

In a statement, the flag carrier said it is also willing to add extra flights to Kuwait.

"PAL is more than ready to mount extra flights to Kuwait, as needed. In addition to the special flights, PAL has been repatriating OFWs using its four weekly Kuwait-Manila regular flights over the past few months. Many OFWs have already reserved seats on regular PAL flights for the coming days," the statement read.

The airline said it will send a 363-seater plane and is coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs to repatriate the migrant workers.

This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said he would ask local airlines to help in repatriation efforts in the wake of recent deaths of Filipinos in Kuwait.

On the same day, Duterte ordered Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to facilitate the repatriation within 72 hours.

More than 800 undocumented OFWs in Kuwait are scheduled to come home, the DFA said. They will be repatriated in batches from Sunday to Tuesday.

Last year, 103 OFW deaths were recorded in Kuwait, up from 2016 figures at 82.