Abandoned OFW to return home to Pagadian City

Raoul Esperas

Posted at Sep 13 2017 02:55 AM

An overseas Filipino worker who was seen on a viral video abandoned at the Riyadh Airport has reached Manila and will return home to Pagadian City with the help of an air transport officer.

The passenger arrived alone at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 on Monday afternoon. 

She had been roaming around the airport complex for more than 4 hours with no definite destination and did not give details as to her identity or other information.

Airport Transport Liason Officer Suzette Nueva said she was about to finish her tour of duty when she noticed the passenger alone in the arrival area.

Nueva said the OFW kept following her, which prompted her to offer a meal to the woman.

Nueva said the OFW started to reveal vital information to her once she ate. Nueva was able to locate the woman's relatives to get more information.

Relatives of the passenger rushed to the airport and said she hails from Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. They learned that she had departed the country to work as an OFW.

Nueva decided to purchase an airline ticket to Pagadian City for the OFW, who is scheduled to depart for Pagadian City, Wednesday morning to finally be reunited with her parents.

"Kalinga po ng pamilya ang makakatulong para po maibalik sa normal ang buhay niya kaya po ginawa ko ang lahat para maktulong sa kababayan natin,” Nueva said. 

In a conversation with the woman's relatives, Nueva learned about the OFW's viral video that showed her abandoned in wheelchair at the Riyadh airport. 

The woman worked as an OFW in Kuwait.

Airport General Manager Ed Monreal thanked Nueva for helping the distressed OFW.