MANILA, Philippines – More than a hundred Overseas Filipino Workers who were recipients of the amnesty program from the government of Saudi Arabia have returned to the country Thursday, April 13.
According to reports, the 152 Pinoy workers were among the 16,000 Filipinos who have been illegally staying in the Middle East.
They were the third batch to arrive back in the Philippines since Saudi Arabia has launched the campaign “A Nation Without Illegal Expatriates”
Under the program, illegal workers are given 90 days to leave the country without the risk of penalty.
Speaking to CNN, Atty. Cesar Chavez, officer-in-charge Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Repatriation and Assistance Division, revealed that the government shouldered the airfare of the returning Overseas Filipino Workers from Saudi Arabia.
Chavez added that the government will pay for their transportation expenses, including domestic flights going back to the provinces.
More Overseas Filipino Workers from Saudi who have availed of the amnesty program are expected to arrive in the country over the next two days, Chavez also said.