President Rodrigo Duterte guaranteed around 150 Filipino workers who were repatriated from Kuwait that the government will extend its help to secure job opportunities for them.
“We are here to see to it that every Filipino is treated decently,” Duterte said when he welcomed the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 on February 13.
The President said the government is ready to give land to those who want to enter the agriculture sector, even citing the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) livelihood program for returning OFWs.
Duterte also urged them to not return to Kuwait. “Huwag na kayong bumalik doon… Iyong iba naman na who had a nightmare there, better come home.”
Moreover, Duterte cited Japan and China which could be the OFWs next markets for work.
He noted the government was also bolstering its way of encouraging more foreign businesses to invest in the country as to create more local jobs.
The Pinoy workers were repatriated due to reports of abuses by employers in Kuwait.
Duterte announced the total ban on the deployment of Filipinos to Kuwait following the discovery of the body of OFW Joanna Daniella Dimapilis in a freezer in an abandoned apartment.