Repatriation ongoing for stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia

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MANILA Philippines — 15,000 Filipinos may take advantage of the 90-day amnesty given by Saudi Arabia to foreigners with no appropriate documents.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the repatriation for undocumented overseas Filipino workers (PFWs) in Saudi Arabia is ongoing.

“But all I can say and share with you is that there’s an ongoing amnesty in Saudi Arabia. It will be a 90-day amnesty. And there’s about maybe 15,000 that are… Filipinos who are there that are qualified to avail of that amnesty. And… so, you know, the repatriation is ongoing,” said DFA Asec. Hjayceelin Quintana.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said DOLE is targeting around 15,000 OFW’s to be returned to the Philippines in April.

Bello added that some DOLE officials are in Saudi Arabia to help the OFW’s process their documents.

The DFA also assured that the government looking into the cases of Filipinos on death row in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

“So they are being studied by the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs and see which ones will be ripe for, you know, for clemency or for pardon, things like that,” Asec. Quintana said.

To date, 31 Filipinos are on the death row in Saudi Arabia, and one in Bahrain.

From April 10 to 16, President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.

The President’s visit in the middle eastern countries aims to further the labor cooperation for the welfare of the Filipino workers . — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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