MANILA – Forty-six Filipinos, including 19 children, arrived Wednesday afternoon at the airport from Saudi Arabia.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said the repatriated Filipinos arrived in Manila at 4 p.m. on board Brunei Airways Flight BI082.
OWWA said the overseas Filipino workers were processed for deportation at the Hajj Terminal in Jeddah.
OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said the agency paid for both plane fares and penalties incurred by the OFWs for breach of immigration rules. The plane tickets of the children, on the other hand, were paid by their respective parents.
Dimzon said many of the workers had left their work places in scattered parts of Saudi Arabia due to various problems and difficulties. They sought temporary shelter under the Khandara overpass in the hopes of being deported immediately.
Those who have no means to go home to their respective provinces will be offered temporary lodging at the OWWA Halfway House in Pasay City. OWWA members will get transportation assistance so that they can continue onward on their journey home.