Filipino workers from Kuwait arrive in Manila

Filipino workers from Kuwait arrive in Manila

Duterte also said the government would examine other markets for OFWs - citing China and Japan as examples of markets that are opening up to Filipino workers - but that his administration is already increasing efforts to attract foreign business to the Philippines in a bid to create more jobs locally.

All new employment departures have been cancelled, and Duterte also said the country would be working with the national airlines to evacuate Filipino workers wanting to leave Kuwait.

On Friday, Duterte deplored the death of Filipina worker Joanna Daniela Demapilis whose body was found inside a freezer in an abandoned apartment in Kuwait on Wednesday.

A DFA source said only Undersecretary Ernesto Abella is authorized to speak about the issue of repatriation from Kuwait.

The measure came after President Rodrigo Duterte angrily lashed out at Kuwait over reports of Filipino workers suffering abuse and exploitation.

Arman Hernando, head of Migrante-Philippines, a migrant workers' group, said the ban would serve as a wake-up call for the Kuwaiti government to respect Filipino workers.

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and low-priced airline Cebu Pacific have heeded President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's call to transport Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait who wish to be repatriated back to the Philippines, following the recent death of an OFW whose body was tracked down inside a freezer.

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Officials added they were eyeing China and Russian Federation as "alternative markets" for overseas workers.

The Philippines has placed a deployment ban on migrant workers to Kuwait. "We will also go after illegal recruiters, human traffickers and other modern-day slave traders who continue to victimise our people". The overseas Filipino workers who arrived on Monday were among those who availed the amnesty program.

Filipino workers suffer from racial discrimination worldwide.

At present, DFA expects to repatriate around 10,000 Filipinos under the amnesty program. He said the Philippine government will cover the airfare of repatriates as well as their immigration penalties for overstaying in Kuwait.

OWWA is now processing papers for Demafelis' insurance and burial coverage, including livelihood assistance for her family, an official said, adding that Filipino officials overseas did their best to locate Demafelis since 2017, but failed because her recruitment agency had closed its office.

He emphasized that Kuwait was obligated under worldwide law to compensate victims of what the Philippines considered "horrendous crimes".

Based on official government records, about 500,000 Filipinos are in Kuwait, and there are more than 3.5 million Filipinos scattered in the Middle East, officials said. On Sunday, the Philippine labor minister said more than 2,200 Filipinos were ready to take up Duterte's offer.

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