Repatriated OFWs from Kuwait arrives in Manila

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MANILA — More than 200 Filipinos repatriated from Kuwait under the Kuwaiti government’s amnesty program arrived in Manila Monday.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano said all Filipinos who may be deported with the Kuwaiti government’s crackdown against illegal workers will continue to get the support of government even after the end of the amnesty.

“We will continue to process people for repatriation but it won’t be like the amnesty anymore. It would be regular (deportation),” Cayetano said.

The last batch, including six infants, departed Kuwait and followed the first flight on Sunday, which carried more than 140 overseas Filipino workers.

According to DFA the government has already spent at least PHP66.1 million for plane tickets, while PHP22.5 million was allotted for cash assistance, still less of the operational costs.

The 216 overseas Filipino workers on Sunday all received a P5,000 cash assistance from the DFA.

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