MANILA-- Two hundred ninety one overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who just got an amnesty from Saudi Arabia arrived in Manila on Thursday.
These repatriated OFWs are those who were overstaying or undocumented.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator for Operations Brigido Dulay said there are about 6,900 OFWs who have received amnesty this year as of Wednesday (July 19).
OWWA is expecting a total of 7,000-8,000 of these OFWs by July 24, which is Saudi Arabia's deadline for giving amnesty to illegal residents and labor law violators.
"It is a program of Saudi Arabia (to send the violators back to their countries of origin) without penalty," he explained.
Dulay also noted that President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed OWWA to provide all the needs of OFWs, especially those in Saudi Arabia.
"The biggest number of OFWs are in Saudi Arabia," Dulay explained.
According to him, OWWA actually provides continuous assistance to OFWs.
From the OFWs' arrival in the country, OWWA is tasked to assist them at the airport, and make sure their travel documents are complete.
If there's no one who will fetch the OFW from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Dulay said OWWA will bring the OFW to its office and provide him/her with shelter first.
"Then we provide the OFW with the ticket to go to his/her province," he said.
He continued that once the OFW is already in the province, OWWA will let him/her undergo the agency's various programs.
Source: Philippines News Agency