Gov't to bring home 800 OFWs from Kuwait

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte

Demafelis was the Filipina who was found dead inside a freezer of an abandoned apartment in Kuwait recently.

Cebu Pacific said in a press statement that they are now working with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait on the final travel settlements.

The Philippine foreign affairs department said on Monday that authorities were repatriating 10,000 overstaying Filipinos from Kuwait under an amnesty programme arranged with the Kuwaiti government.

In a statement, Cebu Pacific (CEB) said it is mounting "a special charter flight from Kuwait to Manila FOR FREE".

The deployment ban may also extend to other Arab nations if a pending review finds that the condition of OFWs there is poor and not protected, the secretary added.

"CEB will be deploying an Airbus A330 aircraft-the largest in its fleet, for the charter flight".

"He's meeting with PAL and Cebu Pacific because they signified willingness to help", Francia added.

They were repatriated by the government and came in two batches-220 onboard Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 669 and 97 via Gulf Air flight GF 154. "That's the reason why I called for investigation of these welfare officers and even the labor attaché at that time", he said in a press briefing in Manila today.

"Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse".

BACK AT HOME. 317 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers, repatriated by the government from Kuwait, arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday (Feb. 12, 2018).

"Because if I would just earn PHP5,000 monthly, for instance, that won't be enough for my kids since I still need to send them to school", she explained.According to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), each repatriated OFW from Kuwait would receive PHP5,000 cash, provided with temporary shelter, and assisted to go to their hometown.

Bello also said that the Philippines may reconsider its decision if Kuwait signs a memorandum of agreement guaranteeing the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

"A formal order on total deployment ban will be issued by Secretary (Silvestre) Bello on Monday", said DOLE Spokesperson Raul Francia on Saturday.

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