Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sponsored a flight for one hundred and eighty Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to return home to Philippines Monday evening. The flight included one hundred and thirty passengers under POLO/OWWA, Fifty by sponsors and the numbers included three children.
In a brief interview with Atty. Llewelyn Perez, OWWA Welfare Officer, stated that the repatriation program of POLO/OWWA is a continuous service rendered to OFWs in Kuwait. The flight was provide for those who were not included in the previous flight on the 3rd of June. “Repatriation flights are available for OFWs who are in the embassy shelter, jails and deportation area, Public Authority for Manpower and in general distressed workers stated Atty. Perez. The Philippine Embassy, POLO and OWWA provide repatriation flights every quarter of the year.
The flight Monday evening was made possible through the intervention of Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III which allowed extra passengers on board as against the allowed number of 35 seats. Such privilege provides opportunity affordable tickets for those who are bound home to Philippines.
Atty. Perez urged OFWs not to hesitate to approach POLO OWWA should they face difficulties with work so they can be guided accordingly, refrain from running away from employers home, not to entertain and report individuals who lure household workers to run away and work outside.
OFWs expressed their gratitude to Nasser Mustafa, Philippine Labor Attaché to Kuwait and His Excellency Mohammad Noordin Pendosina Lomondot praised the team for successful successive repatriation flights organized in the recent months. Present during the repatriation flight were Assistant Labor Attaché Cathy Duladul, Welfare Officers Jingles Ardiente and Atty. Llewelyn Perez, POLO OWWA officers. Travel and booking flights were arranged by Dadabhai Kuwait General Manager Muzaffar Parkar and Branch Manager Paulita Ludang who has spearheaded in the past several repatriation flights.
SOURCE : TIMES KUWAIT