Duterte to bring home 800 OFWs fleeing savage employers in Kuwait

Duterte to bring home 800 OFWs fleeing savage employers in Kuwait

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday confirmed that 800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait are set to go home, and more Filipino workers in the Gulf state will be repatriated in the coming days. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that Filipino workers in Kuwait who want to go home may be repatriated within the next 72 hours.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday confirmed that 800 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait are set to go home, and more Filipino workers in the Gulf state will be repatriated in the coming days.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that Filipino workers in Kuwait who want to go home may be repatriated within the next 72 hours.

“That’s the first batch. We are processing more,” said Raul Dado, executive director of the DFA Office of Migrant Workers Affairs.

Dado added that the travel expenses would be deducted from the DFA’s assistance-to-nationals (ATN) fund.

Currently, there are around 250,000 Filipinos in Kuwait.

Duterte is impising a total deployment ban in Kuwait starting Feb. 12 due to reports of maltreatment and abuses of some employers to its Filipino workers.

In 2016, deaths of 82 Filipinos were recorded in Kuwait and the number has increased by at least 20 percent in 2017.

Last year, the Kuwaiti government carried the death penalty on Jakatia Pawa, a migrant worker in Kuwait who was accused and sentenced to death even after appealing innocence for the 2007 murder of her employer’s daughter. (PNA)

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