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Saturday, May 25, 2013

61 Distressed OFWs From Kuwait Repatriated

Some 61 overseas Filipino workers (OFWS) were repatriated to the Philippines on Tuesday evening as part of the series of mass repatriation of stranded OFWs in Kuwait.

They are set to arrive in Manila on Wednesday at 5:15 pm on board Gulf Air with flight number GF156.
Philippine Labor Attache to Kuwait David Des Dicang, Assistant Labor Attache Florencia Ardivilla, Welfare Officer Norlita Lugtu and other POLO-OWWA and Philippine Embassy staff were at the airport to see them off.

Most of the distressed OFWs worked as household service workers who were victims of nonpayment of salaries, fatigue, lack of food, physical, verbal and sexual abuse, prompting them to escape from their employers and seek temporary refuge at the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Faiha

The distressed OFWs beamed with excitement as they checked in at the airport.
“I’m very happy that I will be with my family again and we would like to thank the Kuwaiti government and the Philippine embassy for helping us go home,” said Eden Daligdig, who escaped from her employer due to physical abuse.

Labor Attache Dicang told ABS-CBN Middle East that the air tickets of most of the repatriates were shouldered by the respective manpower agencies as a result of the collaboration between the embassy and the Kuwait Ministry of Interior.

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