PAL and Cebu Pacific to send repatriation flights for OFWs from Kuwait in response to the call of President Duterte

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Philippine Airways (PAL) and Cebu Pacific are mounting flights to repatriate abroad Filipino staff (OFWs) from Kuwait in response to the call of President Duterte.

“In support of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s request for Philippine carriers to help repatriate Filipino OFWs in Kuwait, PAL will be mounting a special flight from Kuwait to Manila within the next few days,” PAL stated in an announcement.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III stated President Duterte has directed him to concern an order imposing a complete deployment ban to Kuwait after a Filipina employee in Kuwait was discovered useless and stuffed inside a freezer.

Abroad Employees Welfare Administration (OWWA) stated the physique of Joanna Demafelis was found in a sitting place inside a freezer.

The flag service PAL will probably be using its 363-seater Airbus A330 for the flights.

“In the service of our kababayans (countrymen), we will be ensuring their safe journey back to the Philippines. It is the flag carrier’s privilege to be of service to those in need. PAL is more than ready to mount extra flights to Kuwait, as needed,” PAL stated in an announcement.

For its half, Cebu Pacific stated will probably be working with the Division of Overseas Affairs and the Philippine embassy in Kuwait on the closing journey preparations.

In an announcement, Cebu Pacific additionally stated it’s mounting a particular constitution flight from Kuwait to Manila for free following the call for help by the authorities to repatriate Filipino staff in Kuwait.

It stated it will deploy the Airbus A330 plane, which has a most capability of 436 passengers for the constitution flight.


“Special arrangements are being made since Cebu Pacific no longer has regular commercial air service between Manila and Kuwait,” Cebu Pacific stated.

Apart from the free flight, Cebu Pacific stated it will present free meals and refreshment, in addition to baggage allowance for all passengers on the constitution flight.

Each carriers are working with the Division of Overseas Affairs and the Philippine embassy in Kuwait on the vital journey preparations.

Duterte earlier known as on the airways to make obtainable particular flights to enable the repatriation of Filipinos in Kuwait.

Over 2,500 undocumented OFWs have registered with the Philippine embassy in Kuwait for repatriation.

The primary batch composed of 50 staff from Kuwait arrived in Manila yesterday, the Division of Overseas Affairs stated.

The DFA Workplace of Migrant staff Affairs stated the second batch of 400 staff is scheduled to arrive right now from Kuwait.

Migrante stated the deployment ban might pose extra issues since there aren’t any jobs obtainable for the affected staff.

Some recruitment officers additionally expressed worry that the deployment ban will lead to proliferation of unlawful recruitment of OFWs to Kuwait.

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