RIYADH: ALVIN PATRICK RELOX
Published — Thursday 15 August 2013
Last update 15 August 2013 6:07 am
A group of 35 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived in the Philippines Tuesday night, a report from Manila said.
The Filipinos were part of a group of 135 expatriates who the Philippine government decided to repatriate between Monday and Thursday while paying for their plane tickets.
“The total number of OFWs who have been repatriated from Riyadh alone has reached 1,100,” the Philippine Embassy said.
Flight bookings have been made for 203 Filipinos who have acquired final exit visas through the help of the Philippine Embassy.
The embassy said it would continue to assist Filipinos in correcting their status or helping them acquire exit visas so they could be repatriated before the Nov. 3 deadline.
The Philippine mission added that 97 mothers with undocumented children have also acquired exit visas after a Ministry of Interior team and the General Directorate of Passports conducted DNA tests and finger printing procedures.
In Jeddah, 881 Filipinos have already been repatriated using tickets that the Philippine government provided.