Vice President Leni Robredo is apparantly not happy after hearing the news that more Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait are set to go home.
“Ano ang gagawin nila rito? May trabaho bang maibibigay ang gobyerno? Baka naman pauwiin lang natin tapos wala rin naman pala tayong maibibigay na trabaho at balang araw magiging dagdag na problema lamang ng ating pamahalaan”, Robredo told reporters on Monday.
As many as 10,000 Filipinos who have overstayed their work permits in Kuwait are expected to apply for repatriation, and the Philippine government is ready to bring them back home, a foreign official said on Monday as the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) imposed a complete ban on the deployment of workers to the oil-rich Arab state.
Foreign Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Arriola said the overstaying Filipinos were qualified for repatriation.
She said the Philippine government would shoulder the costs of the migrants’ airfares and penalties for overstaying their visas.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced the complete ban on the deployment of migrant workers to Kuwait after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III signed the prohibition order.
The DFA estimates that more than 250,000 Filipinos work in Kuwait, most as domestic helpers.
The Vice President said she was saddende by the news that an OFW was kileld and was stuffed inside the freezer for a long time, but all OFWs should not lose their job just because of one or two incidents.
“Sa tingin ko hindi magandang alisan natin ng trabaho ang lahat dahil lamang sa isa o dalawang insidente ng pang-aabuso. Sa tingin ko mas malaki ang mawawala hindi lamang sa pamilya nila kundi pati man sa gobyerno”, Mrs. Robredo added.
She further said that Duterte should have a solid plan or the taxpayers will end up feeding more than 10,000 extra mouths and their family.
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