Repatriation from Kuwait noncompulsory

BY PRINCE GOLEZ

February 14, 2018

Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration personnel welcome distressed overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait upon their arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City, in this Feb. 12, 2018 photo. PNA

MANILA – Malacañang clarified that the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait is noncompulsory.

The government is helping bring home overseas workers from the Middle East country after President Rodrigo Duterte banned the deployment of OFWs there.

Unang-una po, wala pong sapilitan. Kung gusto naman iyong mga nagta-trabaho sa Kuwait na manatili, nasa kanila po ang desisyon,” Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque told a press briefing on Tuesday.

Pero kung sila po ay inaapi, ang sabi ng Pangulo, hindi po siya papayag na ang mga Pilipino, lalo na ang mga kababaihan, aapihin mga dayuhan,” Roque said. “Naghihirap na nga, nagtatatrabaho na nga, malayo sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay, e tatratuhin pang parang hayop.”

Repatriated OFWs will receive financial assistance, he said.

Pangalawa po, ang polisiya diyan, iyong mga gustong umuwi, mabibigyan naman po ng immediate P5,000 financial assistance at P20,000 to begin another livelihood galing po sa Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,” Roque said.

According to the Palace official, the government is searching for alternative employment destinations for those affected by the deployment ban.

Ang binibigyan po ng prayoridad iyong mga bansa na lumagda na ng mga ILO or conventions na kinikilala po ang karapatan ng mga migrant workers,” said Roque.

Tinitignan po natin ang mga bansa gaya ng Oman at Bahrain na walang kahit anong reklamong pang-aabuso sa ating mga kapwa Pilipino,” he added./PN