The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait has reported a significant reduction of abused, “run-away” domestic helpers (DHs) in Kuwait.

In a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas, Labor Attache to Kuwait Leopoldo B. De Jesus said the number of runaway DHs had tapered off significantly following the earlier mass repatriation this year.

Sto. Tomas had earlier thanked the Royal Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, for his compassion that ensured the repatriation of hundreds of stranded DHs from the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) in Kuwait last July.

At the same time, the labor and employment chief cited Kuwait for accepting another 18,367 documented OFWs from January to June this year, a positive growth from the 10,730 OFWs deployed in the country in the same period last year.

Notwithstanding the reduction in the number of runaways, De Jesus nonetheless assured Sto. Tomas of the POLO’s continuing readiness and responses, in coordination with the Philippine Embassy, to assist any distressed OFWs in Kuwait.

He reported on progress of POLO assistance efforts for two abused DHs in Kuwait, identified as Alma Salamanca Rillera, and Edna Climaco Macario.

De Jesus said that as a result of legal assistance, the abusive lady employer of DH Rillera has been convicted and is now languishing in jail in Kuwait. He stressed that the POLO had continued to closely monitor and assist the treatment and recovery of the abused Rillera at the Al Sabah hospital.

Meanwhile, a recent Arab Times special report also corroborated the efforts of the POLO to help DH Macario after she was allegedly pushed off the window of the house she was cleaning in Qurtoba, Kuwait last month. According to the paper, the POLO facilitated urgent effort rushing the injured DH to hospital for treatment along with the necessary legal action to pursue the OFW’s claims.

“The POLO will continue to assist them even as we support their recovery and in coordination with the Kuwaiti authorities, pursue due justice, and settlement as warranted,” De Jesus said.

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