Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday said that 26 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who sought shelter at the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) in Kuwait were repatriated through the efforts of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA).
The said OFWs, who worked as household service workers, arrived Friday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 669.
The repatriates ran away from their respective employers due to poor working conditions, maltreatment or abuse, contract violations, and some for personal reasons.
POLO-OWWA provided food, other basic necessities, counseling, and medical assistance to the repatriates while they were at the Migrant Workers and Other Overseas Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC) in Kuwait.
The repatriation is part of the regular and continuous repatriation program of the Philippine Embassy and POLO-OWWA, in coordination with Kuwaiti authorities, to provide assistance to distressed OFWs.
As part of the Assist WELL program of the Department, the repatriated OFWs were given airport assistance, transportation assistance and temporary accommodation at the OWWA Halfway Home before proceeding to their respective provinces.
Assist WELL is acronym for Welfare, Employment, Legal, and Livelihood program for returning OFWs. It is a package of reintegration assistance and services provided by the DOLE in convergence with its offices, namely, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Bureau of Local Employment, and all DOLE Regional Offices.