347 distressed OFWs from Middle East arrived

Posted on

DAVAO CITY — Some 347 overseas Filipinos from the Middle East have arrives in the country on Saturday, June 19, 2021.

The workers were either distressedor have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.

Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert E.A. Borje arrived in Saudi  Arabia Saturday after he was sent by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to the  kingdom for an official visit aimed at enhancing bilateral ties, advancing  labor reform cooperation and ensuring the welfare of Filipinos in the Arab  country.  

“Thank you to our Embassy in Riyadh, Consulate General in Jeddah, the  Department of Foreign Affairs and the government of Saudi Arabia. This  repatriation required a lot of work and coordination given the pandemic  situation,” PAFA Borje said. 

“But with the Filipino at the center of all efforts, this repatriation mission was  a success. On behalf of President Duterte, Maraming Salamat at  Shukran!,” the Special Envoy added.  

The repatriates flew home via a Philippine Airlines chartered flight as a part  of the Philippine government’s repatriation mission from Saudi Arabia. A  second repatriation flight is expected next week. 

Upon arrival in Manila, the repatriates will receive cash assistance from the  Philippine government as instructed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.  

“Bilang tulong po sa inyo, I have instructed Department of Foreign Affairs to  use Bayanihan 2 funds to give all repatriated OFWs today P10,000 each as  reintegration financial assistance,” President Duterte said in a video  message.  

PAFA Borje cited President Duterte’s continuing care and concern for  Filipinos Overseas in distress situations due to the pandemic and reiterated  the Philippine Government’s commitment towards OFWs.  

Saturday’s repatriation mission is anchored on President Duterte’s promise  to care for Overseas Filipinos (OFs) around the world, particularly with the  ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Kalinga at Malasakit for OFWs remains a  key priority for the Duterte Administration.  

“Maraming salamat din sa DFA, lalo na sa Office of Migrant Workers’  Affairs, sa patuloy na koordinasyon sa Office of the President at sa  paghahanap ng paraan para malunasan ang nararanasan ng ating mga  kababayan,” the Special Envoy noted.

The Special Envoy also thanked His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al  Saud, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and His Royal Highness  Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud for making the repatriation  possible. 

Earlier this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud assured  President Duterte during a phone conversation *that the Kingdom would  continue working together* with the government of the Philippines to uphold  migrant workers’ rights. This includes assisting efforts to repatriate  distressed Filipinos. 

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou  Arriola, Presidential Communications Operations Assistant Secretary for  Global Media and Public Affairs JV Arcena, and Philippine Ambassador to  Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto were also present during the repatriation. 

As of June 18, 2021, a total of 403,234 Overseas Filipinos had been  repatriated by the government since the start of pandemic. Some 105,582  are seafarers while 297,652 are land-based OFs. 

Saudi Arabia hosts more than 800,000 Filipinos, the highest in any Gulf  state, according to a 2020 government estimate.  

About half of the total number of Filipinos work as domestic laborers, while  others are employed in the kingdom’s construction, outsourcing, and  healthcare sectors. PND 

Be informed
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •