- A batch of OFWs from Kuwait arrived Monday morning at the NAIA
- Returning workers received a P5,000 cash grant plus other benefits
A batch of 260 Filipino workers arrived Monday morning from Kuwait; a few days after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced plans for a total deployment ban to Kuwait.
The Filipinos arrived aboard Philippine Airlines flight PR669 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 around 8 a.m.
The OFWs received a P5,000 cash grant plus a chance to avail the government’s Balik Pilipinas, Balik Hanapbuhay program; a repatriation program that gives access to livelihood training and start-up capital.
Returning workers from areas outside Metro Manila will stay at the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) halfway home until transportation back to their home provinces are arranged.
A repatriation team from the OWWA led by Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, Deputy Administrator Arnel Ignacio, and Department of Foreign Affairs Executive Director for Migrant Workers Affairs Atty. Raul Dado welcomed the balikbayans.
According to GMA News, there’s an estimated 250,000 documented Filipinos who currently work in Kuwait as OCWs (overseas contract workers). A total of 441 Filipinos have returned to the Philippines from Kuwait so far.