Most OFWs in Kuwait against call to return home, recruiters say

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Posted at Apr 30 2018 08:25 PM | Updated as of May 01 2018 09:46 PM

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MANILA (UPDATED) - Most Filipinos in Kuwait are against President Rodrigo Duterte's request for them to return to the Philippines, a job recruiters' group in the Gulf state said Monday.

Marissa Fernandez, president of the Philippine Affiliation of Skilled Manpower Agencies in Kuwait, said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) cannot leave their jobs in Kuwait that sustain their families in the Philippines.

"Sa ngayon po, ang nakikita at nakakausap ko pong mga kababayan dito na OFWs, marami po ang against po sa sinabi ng ating Pangulo na umuwi na po ng Pilipinas. Dahil karamihan po sa amin, kagaya ko po, 23 years na ako dito sa Kuwait, mabuti po ang mga employer at maaayos naman po ang trabaho," Fernandez told ANC.

"Wala po kaming naririnig na kahit anong masama sa mga employer dito. Lahat po kami ay disagree na makabalik ng Pilipinas dahil sa dami po ng kumbaga sinusustentuhan namin sa aming pamilya at mga obligasyon, hindi po namin basta pwedeng hayaan o umuwi po ng Pilipinas."

Duterte on Saturday appealed to the "sense of patriotism" of the 260,000 Filipinos in Kuwait and urged them to try their luck in the Philippines. 

“I now appeal to your sense of patriotism. Come home. Tutal marami nang trabaho sa Pilipinas,” Duterte said in his speech before the Filipino community in Singapore.

The reported abuse of OFWs in the Gulf state prompted Duterte to ban the deployment of Filipino workers there and initiate a repatriation program for those who would like to come home.