The 12th chartered flight to the Philippines departed yesterday with 314 passengers. Charges D Affaires Mohammad Noordin Lomondot, Welfare Officer Atty. Llwelyn Perez with some officials from Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait were present to oversee the departure process.
Paulita Lundang, one of the organizers of chartered flight reported that fifty (50) passengers were from the shelter of POLO OWWA, forty (40) from the Assistant to Nationals Unit of the Philippine Embassy with six (6) infants and Filipinos who quit jobs and decided to return home for good. Several chartered flights are being scheduled in the coming month to accommodate the rising demand of Filipinos who are leaving the country.
Welfare Officer of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Atty. Llwelyn Perez said that passengers from POLO were mostly Filipinos who lost their jobs due to shut down of businesses, slashing of the number of staff, those with no work and no pay and medical cases. There were about 4,000 OFWs in total who have left Kuwait onboard twelve chartered flights. CDA Lomondot said that the Philippine Embassy will continue to support the OFWs who wish to return home for good.
Ricky Laxa / Staff Writer