102 OFWs and 29 children repatriated from Jeddah

THE Department of Foreign Affairs Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) repatriated 102 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) including 29 minor children from Jeddah on 01-03 February 2011.

Representatives from the DFA-OUMWA and from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) welcomed and extended assistance to the repatriates and the children who arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Among them were women and children who earlier camped out at the Khandara overpass.

The repatriation of the OFWs and the children followed the successful negotiation and representation by the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah with the Saudi government and the immigration authorities for the issuance of their exit visas.

The repatriated OFWs, mostly women, had experiences of maltreatment from their previous employers and/or had experiences of contractual substitution and non-payment of salaries.

The repatriates stayed at the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) where they were provided appropriate assistance by the Consulate.

The children were afforded appropriate care during their stay at the FWRC and during the trip.

Furthermore, the Consulate provided medical services to the OFWs as well as food and basic necessities.

OWWA representatives likewise gave the repatriates a stress debriefing and counseling at the receiving lounge of the airport.

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