Over 20 allegedly maltreated OFW’s from Kuwait recently arrived in the Philippines. Each has its own harrowing stories to tell, according to reports.
Most of the maltreated OFW’s became emotional as they stepped in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
One of the maltreated OFW’s is Hazel Camacho, with neither a friend or a relative to meet her as she arrive in the Philippines.
“Masaya lang po ako’t nakarating kami dito nang maayos,” said the mother of three from Nueva Ecija who accused her employer of maltreating her.
“Kaya ko po magtiis ng trabaho kaya lang po sinasaktan ako,” she said.
Another maltreated OFW, Charmaine Gregorio, shared her first experience of working abroad as a nightmare.
“Napakalaking bangungot,” she said. “Nakaranas ng pananakit, yung pamamalo ng tsinelas. Suwerte na lang po kasi nakauwi ako ng buhay, hindi po yung bangkay na.”
According to reports, all the repatriated OFW’s worked legally in Kuwait and with contracts, although some of them weren’t able to finish it for reasons ranging from abuse to homesickness.
Further, the said OFW’s could still return to Kuwait to work if they want to as no cases were filed against them there.
As the maltreated OFW’s arrived, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has provided a bus from the airport to a halfway house where the said OFW’s would temporarily stay before pushing for their home provinces.
On top of the transportation, it was being reported that OWWA has offered employment, loan and legal assistance to the repatriated OFWs as assistance.
“May shelter po tayo doon kung saan libre po ang food and accommodation habang inaasikaso po natin ang kanilang pag-uwi,” said Yolly Peñaranda, head of OWWA’s repatriation team.
Meanwhile, reports said that there 50 other allegedly distressed OFW’s in Kuwait who are set to be repatriated the soonest.