Swift Kuwait OFW repatriations sought

The Department of Migrant Workers and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration are seeking to hasten the repatriation process of 421 overseas Filipino workers that have been in refuge in a Bahay Kalinga shelter in Kuwait.

So far, nearly 150 OFWs have already been repatriated from Kuwait, including 102 distressed Filipino migrants returning home on Friday. Prior to this, the agencies have already assisted 50 OFWs on their return home from Kuwait last Tuesday, the first batch to be repatriated.

In a radio interview, OWWA Administrator Arnell Ignacio shared that the repatriated migrants have been given P10,000 worth of cash each, as well as transportation and hotel accommodation assistance.

They also aim to repatriate more than 300 OFWs before the end of the month, including 63 Filipino migrants on Monday, 82 on 26 January, and 62 on 30 January.

Ignacio explained that the repatriation efforts are intended to decongest the ‘Bahay Kalinga’ OFW shelters that could only accommodate around 250 to 300.

“There are many OFWs inside these shelters because around 20 to 25 people have been coming there every day. This is why we have to repatriate these OFWs home. The good thing is that Kuwait officials have given us great support. We’re just hoping for them to speed up the process,” Ignacio said.

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