PH to repatriate remains of more OFWs from Saudi on Sunday: labor dept

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 09 2020 09:09 AM

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MANILA - Another flight to bring home the remains of Filipino migrant workers in Saudi Arabia is set on Sunday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said Thursday.

Bello earlier said the Philippines would fly home Friday 44 bodies of overseas Filipino workers in Riyadh and Al Khobar.

The 2 batches are part of the total 274 remains of OFWs set to be flown home from Saudi Arabia, he said.

"Sa Linggo may lilipad na naman at kukunin ang additional hanggat mauwi natin lahat. Sunod-sunod po yan hanggat mauwi natin sila. Kukunin namin bukas sa Al Khobar tsaka Riyadh. Sunod naman sa Jeddah," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.

(On Sunday we will repatriate more bodies until we fly all of them home. It's one right after the other. Tomorrow we'll get the remains of OFWs in Al Khobar in Riyadh, then those in Jeddah.)

The remains of OFWs who died from COVID-19 will be immediately brought to a crematorium. Relatives of OFWs who died of natural causes are also urged to have their loved ones cremated or have them buried within 24 hours of arrival, Bello said.

Government will shoulder all costs, including bringing home the OFWs remains to their provinces in Visayas and Mindanao, he earlier said.

As of Wednesday, some 8,762 Filipinos abroad have contracted COVID-19, with 590 deaths and 5,237 recoveries.