About 100 OFWs from Kuwait arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday morning after availing the amnesty program of Kuwait.
These Filipino workers were safely repatriated as they arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 aboard Qatar Airways 934.
They received a cash assistance amounting to P5,000 each from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. Another P5,000 was handed to them by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Included in their coming home are the horror encounters they had with their employers in Kuwait. Some of them were abused and others were even sexually harassed. There are also OFWs who only stayed in Kuwait for three months and chose to go home because of the maltreatment that they encountered.
However, not all had horrors to tell. Some also have success stories just like Maria Victoria Custodio. According to her, she was able to send her children to school, buy a house and a motorcycle as well.
These inspiring stories are the very reason why Filipinos aspire to work abroad. Unfortunately, not all end up in good hands. Some OFWs are left battered, abused or even killed by their own sponsors. The issue of abuse towards OFWs in Kuwait has prompted Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to lift a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait. The deployment ban still takes effect as of the moment.
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