More distressed OFWs return from Kuwait

Another batch of 150 undocumented Filipino workers who availed themselves of the amnesty program of Kuwait arrived in Manila yesterday morning.

Foreign Affairs Office of Public Diplomacy Acting Assstant Secretary Elmer Cato said the latest batch arrived around 6:15 a.m. on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha.

This brought to 4,515 the total number of overstaying Filipinos who have been reunited with their loved ones in the Philippines since the Department of Foreign Affairs started its mass repatriations on February 11.

Last Wednesday, seven teams under the supervision of Executive Director Raul Dado of the Office of Migrant Workers Affairs have been carrying out the rescues with the assistance of Kuwaiti authorities to save some 200 distraught Filipino household service workers in Kuwait.

The augmentation teams were deployed on orders by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano to assist the Philippine Embassy in the ongoing repatriation of undocumented Filipino workers.

DFA teams have been rescuing from six to seven distressed Filipino household service workers everyday.