Only until Dec.15, 2019 is the deadline for the sign up of the free repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Lebanon, according to the Philippine Embassy in Lebanon.
Hundreds of Filipino in Lebanon, particularly female domestic workers, were able to sign up for the Embassy’s free repatriation program.
“More than 1,000 Filipinos, mostly women with some children in tow, arrived in droves to the Philippine embassy in Beirut to register for free mass repatriation scheduled in February next year,” in a statement released by the Agence France-Presse.
The “kafala” program of Lebanon embraced those careers outside the protection program of the government such as domestic workers and nannies.
Over the years, there are cases of bad-treatment among domestic helpers, some of them cannot flee the country as their employers are taking hold of their money and their travel documents.
There are currently 27,812 Filipinos in Lebanon, according to a survey conducted last June 2015 by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Aside from that, workers get as small as $150 per month and most of them are from countries like Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Philippines.
Lebanon’s free-falling economy has pushed foreign workers to leave the country and the Philippine government fulfilled an initiative to offer free ticket to OFWs wanting to return to the Philippines.