59 more undocumented OFWs arrive home from Saudi Arabia
Fifty-nine more undocumented OFWs arrived in the Philippines from Saudi Arabia over the weekend after they availed of the amnesty offered by the Saudi Arabian government.
The 59 left Jeddah on Friday via a Philippine Airlines flight and arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) the following day.
Among the batch were three OFWs who have a lingering illness.
"Ihahatid po natin sa Manila ang tatlo nating kababayan na pawang mga maysakit tulad ng diabetes at sakit sa puso," said Meann Hipe of the Assistance to National Section and a registered nurse.
The 59 were allowed to leave Jeddah after they received their exit visas.
Some OFWs who were interviewed by GMA News before leaving Jeddah said they no longer intend to go back to Saudi Arabia.
"Namamanhid na ang kalahati kong katawan kaya habang kaya pa ay uuwi na ako. Saka excited na akong makita ang aking nag-iisang anak na lalake at ang aking mga apo," said Nelia Malikdam, a caregiver.
At present, some 5,000 undocumented OFWs in Jeddah have already applied for amnesty offered by Saudi Arabia to illegally staying foreigners. Of these, 2,332 already received their exit visa and are just awaiting their plane tickets, which are paid for by the government. —Ronaldo Concha/KBK, GMA News