At least 25 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) staying illegally in Saudi Arabia returned to Manila Tuesday after availing of the Saudi government's amnesty program.
Saudi Arabia earlier announced a 90-day amnesty period wherein all residence violators will be allowed to return to their home countries without being penalized.
The 25 men who arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 either fled their employers or overstayed in the middle eastern country without proper visa, officials said.
Fifteen of them will be temporarily staying with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) while transportation to their respective provinces are still being arranged.
More Filipinos are expected to be repatriated in the coming weeks as consulate official teams will be designated in the regions of Madina, Assir, Jizan, Tabuk, and Najran to reach out to Filipinos who want to avail of the amnesty, the government earlier said.
About 3,000 to 5,000 OFWs are expected to benefit from Saudi Arabia's amnesty policy, the OWWA said.
--- with reports from Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News