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PAL, Cebu Pacific to transport repatriated OFWs from Kuwait

12 February 2018, 04:43 | Devin Moran

PAL, Cebu Pacific to transport repatriated OFWs from Kuwait

As Duterte extends deployment ban on Kuwait, airlines ready special flights to bring home OFWs

THE Philippines today expanded a ban on its citizens working in Kuwait after President Rodrigo Duterte angrily lashed out at the Gulf state over reports of Filipino workers suffering abuse and exploitation.

Just last week, the government confirmed that the body found in a freezer in a vacant apartment in Kuwait was that of a Filipina.

An estimated 250,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait and 75 percent of them are domestic helpers.

"(Regarding new recruits), that has to be clarified in the order to be issued by the Secretary on Monday", Francia said.

"I want them out of the country, those who want to go out in 72 hours", the Philippine President added.

The Philippines has placed a deployment ban on migrant workers to Kuwait.

"Cebu Pacific is mounting a special charter flight from Kuwait to Manila for free".

Cebu Pacific will be deploying an Airbus A330 aircraft which has a maximum capacity of 436 travelers.




PAL said it will be utilizing its 363 - seater Airbus A330.

Philippine Airlines said in a press statement that their officials are coordinating with the DFA, the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and Kuwaiti government authorities for the necessary document requirements.

"Do not give us back a battered worker or a mutilated corpse". "PAL is more than ready to mount extra flights to Kuwait, as needed", Philippine Airlines said.

BACK AT HOME. 317 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers, repatriated by the government from Kuwait, arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday (Feb. 12, 2018).

Labour secretary Silvestre Bello on Monday announced a "total ban" on new employment in Kuwait, including Filipinos who had already obtained employment permits but had not yet left for the country.

Bello also said that the Philippines may reconsider its decision if Kuwait signs a memorandum of agreement guaranteeing the protection of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Meanwhile, Cacdac said among the assistance that will be extended to the family of Joanna are death and burial benefits, livelihood assistance, financial assistance, and repatriation cost after the investigation of the Kuwait authorities.



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