Three Filipino domestic workers returning from Kuwait each received PHP50,000 from the Philippine government under a scheme designed to welcome back migrant workers.

On December 27, migrant workers returning to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were welcomed home with food, gift items and Christmas baskets as part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE’s) annual welcoming of migrant workers during the Christmas season, Philippine News Agency reported.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello and Hans Leo Cacdac, chief of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration distributed PHP10,000 (US$190) worth of gift items to ten migrant workers and Christmas baskets filled with groceries to another ten who arrived from Kuwait.

Aurora Abelle Casino, Aisa Ismail Husain and Annabel Mario Melencio, who work as domestic workers in Kuwait, each won PHP50,000(US$953) from the Philippine government. The three Filipinas said they planned to use the money to set up new businesses so that they would no longer need to work overseas to support their families.

Husain, who has been working as a domestic worker in Kuwait for almost 30 years, said it was the first time she had won a cash prize in DOLE’s annual welcome for migrant workers. Husain was also among the three Filipino domestic workers who recently received loyalty awards for their hard work, dedication and commitment to their work..

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