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Another batch of OFWs expected to arrive Sunday from Kuwait

Published February 4, 2018 8:48am Another group of overseas Filipino workers are expected to arrive from Kuwait this Sunday, a radio report said.

Super Radyo dzBB quoted Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio as saying that the new batch of repatriates is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, but the report did not indicate the arrival time and the number of the arriving workers.

Last Friday, a batch of 39 OFWs arrived in the country from Kuwait.

They were sent home after being given amnesty by the Kuwait government as a manifestation of "goodwill," said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III in an interview on "Dobol B sa News TV" last  Friday.

Many of them, he said, were undocumented workers or were runaways from abusive employers, he said, adding that more than 300 OFWs from the Middle Eastern country will also be repatriated.

OWWA 's Arnel Ignacio will also lead the team of officials that will welcome the new batch of arrivals as he did last Friday.

Aside from welcoming the repatriates, OWWA officials are expected to assist the workers in processing their documents and return to their respective provinces.

In mid-January, President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the Labor Department to temporarily suspend new deployment of OFWs to Kuwait, following a series of mysterious deaths and abuse of Filipinos in the Middle Eastern country.

In his departure speech before his trip to India, Duterte appealed to Kuwaitis, as well as to Mideast  employers, to treat Filipinos "as human beings."

On January 19, Bello III announced the temporary ban on deployment of OFWs to Kuwait, citing cases of maltreatment that had sometimes led to mysterious deaths.

Kuwaiti officials in the Philippines have tried to negotiate for the lifting of the ban, but Bello said he has rejected the appeal for now.

He also said that many more arrivals from Kuwait are expected. —LBG, GMA News


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