The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said that a total of 155 overseas Filipino workers will be repatriated from Kuwait this month.
The DFA said that the 155 OFWs include five medically ill patients, 100 workers without valid visaas and 50 workers without passports but with valid residency status.
It said the OFWs who have no valid visas will be repatriated "without undergoing the usual detention.," and will be transported straight to the airport from the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
The DFA said that the repatriation was a "positive outcome of the Philippine Embassy's persistent representations with [Kuwait's] Ministry of Interior."
"We understand that our OFWs left the Philippines for Kuwait because they aspire for a better life for their families and loved ones. They therefore deserve all the assistance the Philippine Government can give them, especially when they return to the Philippines and face the challenges of life back home," Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa said.
Villa urged other undocumented OFWs to avail of the embassy's mass repatriation program.
The DFA said that last month, the embassy was able to repatriate a total of 95 OFWs in two batches. —ALG, GMA News