MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is set to welcome on Sunday 117 more Filipino migrant laborers who availed of the amnesty program of the United Arab Emirates.
The overseas Filipino workers will arrive in Manila via Philippine Airlines Flight 659 and will be accompanied by vice consul Elizabeth Picar Ramos of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, the DFA said Saturday.
The department said it shouldered the cost of repatriation of the migrant workers who will also receive P5,000 each in financial assistance upon arriving in Manila.
This brings the total number of repatriates from the amnesty program to 217 following the arrival of 100 migrant workers last August 16.
The Philippine Embassy in Dubai is also calling upon qualified Filipino migrant workers in the region to take advantage of the amnesty program, which will end on October 31.
The amnesty program is being offered by the UAE government to individuals living in the country illegally by allowing them to leave without paying fines or facing jail term until the end of October or to regularize their status by providing them temporary visa for a period of 6 months to look for a job.