THE Philippine Embassy in Kuwait is working to send home at least two batches of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) before the year ends or in time for Christmas.
The Embassy has repatriated 63 undocumented and distressed Filipinos from Kuwait, the sixth batch of the Embassy Assisted Repatriation Program (EARP) for 2019, bringing the number of OFWs who were sent home this year to a total of 327.
Embassy Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) and Consul General Mohd. Noordin Pendosina N. Lomondot personally sent off the OFWs, most of whom have expired visas or absconding cases, and accompanied them from the Embassy up until they checked-in at Kuwait International Airport.
At the Embassy, Lomondot explained to the OFW-repatriates that the EARP is a project of President Rodrigo Duterte with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), and in cooperation with the Illegal Residency Monitoring and Immigration Departments of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior.
Lomondot led the distribution of US$100 financial assistance to each of the EARP beneficiaries, given by the DFA under its PhP1 billion Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Fund to help them start a new life in the Philippines.
“Hindi dito sa Kuwait nagtatapos ang buhay. Baka nasa ibang lugar ang suwerte natin. Para sa kinabukasan niyo, patuloy na palawakin ang inyong kakayahan tulad ng pag-e-enroll sa TESDA at iba pang mga training institution. Tuloy pa rin anglaban ng buhay. (Life doesn’t end here in Kuwait. Maybe our luck is in other places. For your future, expand your skills by enrolling in TESDA and other training institutions. The battle in life continues.),” Lomondot told EARP beneficiaries.
Apart from the one-way ticket from Kuwait to Manila and the financial assistance, 24 out of the 63 OFW-repatriates were also given domestic tickets from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to their respective provinces.