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Families repatriated to Philippines under the amnesty program
April 7, 2018, 3:06 pm

Thirty-four undocumented children between ages 3 months and 12 years were repatriated to Philippines under the amnesty program of Kuwait on 4 April. The repatriation was made possible through the assistance of the office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) of the Philippines Department of Foreign affairs, Embassy of the Philippines and Assistance to Nationals Unit of the Embassy. Philippines’ Undersecretary of OUMWA Atty. Sarah Arriola and Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Renato Villa were present to send off the children and parents.

Atty. Arriola stated that OUMWA staff were present in Kuwait from the start of the amnesty to assist embassy officials to facilitate processing of papers and documenting returning workers to Philippines, she also added that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gave the order to provide full financial support and assistance to ensure the safe return of every Filipino, who may wish to return home.

She also urged all Filipinos who may want to avail of the amnesty program to report to the embassy at the earliest possible time and not wait on the deadline as documentations and processing will take at least two weeks. Noordin Pendosina Lomondot, Consul General of the Philippine Embassy, also stated that the process of sending the children home with their parents was tedious but possible with the strong cooperation of Kuwait and the embassy that made it all possible.

There are still some children bound for repatriation sooner and the country will definitely offer better opportunities for parents to raise their children back home. “We thank Kuwait for giving us this opportunity to send our undocumented children home and still be with their parents and we hope to send them all home before the end of the amnesty program. No matter how hard the work was in ensuring their return to Philippines, it was worth seeing them go home,” added Arriola. There are currently 1,000 over Filipina women in two shelters awaiting the schedule of their flights back home.

Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

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