Bello: 235 OFWs to come home from Kuwait


Posted at May 23 2018 06:59 PM

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila on February 12, 2018 after repatriation from Kuwait. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Another batch of more than 200 overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait will soon be repatriated, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday.

"By the end of this week, 235 of them will be flown in," Bello said at the continuation of the Senate inquiry on OFW abuses and deaths abroad.

Bello said the OFWs are among 601 wards currently staying in two embassy shelters.

"Most of our people in the wards now are those that are charged or they are the ones charging their employers (with cases)," Bello said.

Abdullah Mama-o, President Rodrigo Duterte's special envoy to Kuwait, also thanked the Kuwaiti government for allowing the embassy to have an additional shelter.

"Because the first shelter could only allow about 300. As part of the commitment of the state of Kuwait, they are going to pay for the expenses of these 601," Mama-o said.

More than 5,000 OFWs in distress have been repatriated under Kuwait's amnesty program, officials said. 

The Philippines recently lifted the ban on the deployment of OFWs to Kuwait after the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding that aims to improve working conditions for Filipino workers in the Gulf state.