Excited to fly home. Sixty-six beneficiaries of the Embassy Assisted Repatriation Program (EARP) await the processing of their immigration papers at Kuwait International Airport on 22 October 2019. (Kuwait PE photo)
23 October 2019 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait continues to repatriate undocumented and distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Kuwait, sending home an all-women group of 66 OFWs on 23 October 2019.
The latest group of OFW-repatriates from Kuwait comprise the eighth batch of the Embassy Assisted Repatriation Program (EARP) for 2019. To date, 425 OFWs have been repatriated under the EARP since the start of the year.
In a statement, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. and Consul General Mohd. Noordin Pensosina N. Lomondot said that the EARP will continue even as the peak season for international air travel approaches, “to ensure that more undocumented and distressed OFWs from Kuwait will spend Christmas with their loved ones in the Philippines.”
Chargé d’Affaires Lomondot thanked the Kuwaiti government for its continued support to the Embassy’s repatriation efforts. The EARP is a joint project of the Embassy, and the Illegal Residency Monitoring and Immigration Departments of the Kuwait Ministry of Interior.
In the spirit of unity among the Embassy’s attached agencies under the One-Country Team Approach, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Kuwait—headed by Labor Attaché Nasser S. Mustafa, and composed of Assistant Labor Attaché Cathrine A. Duladul, and Welfare Officers Genevieve A. Ardiente, Eduardo Bellido and Llewelyn D. Perez—also sent off the 66 OFW-repatriates at Kuwait International Airport.
Apart from the one-way ticket from Kuwait to Manila, 37 out of the 66 OFWs were given domestic tickets from Ninoy Aquino International Airport to their far-flung provinces in the Philippines. The Embassy also took care of the food provisions of 35 repatriates who temporarily stayed at the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Resource Center (MWOFRC) Shelter.
The latest batch of the EARP brings to 425 the total number of undocumented and distressed OFWs who have been repatriated by the Embassy since the start of 2019. Thirty-two Filipinos were reunited with their loved ones back in the Philippines under Batch 7 of the EARP on 4 October 2019.
The Embassy continues to invite all Filipinos in Kuwait with expired visas and absconding cases to come home to the Philippines and apply for the EARP.
Applicants are encourgaed to send a message on Viber and WhatsApp through mobile phone number +965 9800 5115. Those who will personally visit the Embassy are requested to bring four passport-size ID photos (with blue background), which will be used in the issuance of their one-way Travel Documents. END
Undocumented and distressed Overseas Filipino Workers who availed themselves of the Embassy Assisted Repatriation Program for distressed overseas Filipinos line up at the check-in counter at Kuwait International Airport, prior to their flight back to the Philippines on 22 October 2019. (Kuwait PE photo)