MANILA - Seventy-six overseas Filipino workers repatriated from Kuwait arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila Wednesday morning.
Employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration welcomed the OFWs, majority of whom are women.
Rodeliza Sembrero, 46, said she fled her employer who accused her of trying to poison him. She said she was able to work for 5 more years as a caregiver with a different employer, but without legal documents.
This is why she decided to take the opportunity to go home after the government offered to repatriate undocumented OFWs in Kuwait.
The Tacloban City native left her 3 children when she went abroad. Now, she has 5 grandchildren to return to, and she bought chocolates and stuffed toys for them.
"Malaking blessing na nakauwi ako ng ligtas. Kung puwede dito mag-stay, bakit hindi? Pag kasama ang pamilya, mas masarap mamuhay. Pero kung may magandang oportunidad para lumabas ulit subok pa rin. Pag may buhay, may pag-asa. Laban pa rin," she told ABS-CBN News.
More than 2,000 overseas workers in Kuwait have been repatriated by the government.
The repatriation program was triggered by a series of deaths and abuses of Filipino workers in the Gulf country. One of the slain Filipinos was Joanna Demafelis whose body was found in a freezer at an abandoned apartment.