ONE hundred two distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived in Manila on Friday morning, January 20, 2023, from Kuwait after they were repatriated by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) and the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW).

In a statement, Owwa said 102 distressed OFWs from Kuwait arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 with Owwa Administrator Arnel Ignacio.

“Upon arrival at the airport, the repatriated OFWs received cash assistance from OWWA amounting to P10,000 each,” said Owwa.

The 102 OFWs comprise the second batch of repatriates from Kuwait brought home by the special DMW mission led by Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac.

Last Tuesday, Cacdac returned to the Philippines along with 60 distressed OFWs from Kuwait.

According to Ignacio, more than 200 OFWs are still set to return home in at least three batches.

These include 63 on January 23; 82 on January 26; and 62 on January 30, for a total of 207 OFWs.

There are a total of 421 distressed OFWs staying at the “Bahay Kalinga” shelter in Kuwait.

DMW Secretary Susan Ople earlier deployed Cacdac and Ignacio to check on the overwhelmed OFW shelter in Kuwait on January 15.

Their mission also includes arranging the immediate repatriation of distressed OFWs in Kuwait by having their exit visas and travel documents immediately processed and released. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)