Wednesday, August 5, 2015

DFA: Oman extends amnestry program for undocumented foreign workers

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday announced that the Sultanate of Oman has extended its amnesty program for undocumented foreign workers until October 28.
 
The DFA said that the amnesty program, which started last May 3, was supposed to end on July 31.
 
"With the recent announcement, the Philippine Embassy [in Muscat] has stepped up its efforts to encourage undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Oman to avail of the amnesty and avoid paying overstay penalties and other fines," it said.
 
Philippine Ambassador to Oman Narciso T. CastaƱeda said the extension is an opportunity for undocumented OFWs to leave Oman and return to the Philippines "without facing any legal actions."
 
The embassy said that according to reports, there are at least 7,382 undocumented workers of various nationalities have been deported under the amnesty program.
 
It said that 162 of the total figure are Filipinos, including 29 OFWs sheltered in the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Muscat
 
The embassy said OFWs who would want to avail of the amnesty may call the POLO-Muscat hotline (+968) 9355-7931.
 
For guides and notices on the amnesty program, the OFWs in Oman are advised to visit the embassy's website and its Facebook page—ALG, GMA News

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