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Government Ready to Assist OFW Availees of KSA Amnesty Program

April 14, 2017

The Philippine government, thru the Philippine Embassy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA),  the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO )in KSA, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA),  are ready to assist undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who availed of the amnesty offered by the Kingdom this month.


DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello lll immediately sent a Team to KSA to assess the situation/condition  of  the workers to make sure that their repatriation will be processed smoothly.  Dubbed as “Nation Without Violations”, the 90-Day Amnesty of Grace Period offered by the Saudi government is a welcome development to OFWs covered by the said `exemption to penalties’.


Coverage of the  amnesty are enumerated as follows: residents whose iqama expired on or before 19 March 2017, workers with work permit but no iqama ID card; runaway workers reported as such on or before 19 March 2017, Umrah and Haj overstayer (pilgrimage), pilgrims without Haj permit; and “Inflitrators’ crossing Saudi borders. 


The Philippine Embassy encourages the   OFWs and their families here to advise their OFW relatives  to  take the opportunity  and register themselves  and  get  home  with the help of the Philippine government.


Once documentation are processed, OWWA Manila will extend airport assistance to returning workers.  OWWA will issue announcements on the batch of returning workers that applied for the amnesty.