September 24, 2019

DOLE-OWWA facilitates repatriation of 79 OFWs from Riyadh, KSA


Labor Secretary and OWWA Board of Trustees Chair Silvestre H. Bello III and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac welcomed a total of 79 distressed OFWs from Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, today, 23 September 2019, via Philippine Airlines flight 655.


The said workers were provided temporary shelter at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office’s Bahay Kalinga in Riyadh, KSA prior their repatriation to the Philippines. They encountered employment and welfare-related problems such as non-payment of salaries, maltreatment/mistreatment, health and medical problems, and the like.


DOLE-OWWA distributed financial assistance worth Php 5,000.00 to each worker returning via mass repatriation. The OWWA repatriation team also extended airport assistance, temporary shelter at the OWWA halfway home and transportation fares and services for the workers’ onward travel to their respective hometowns.


Secretary Bello assured everyone that DOLE-OWWA will continue to monitor and follow-up the cases of the remaining OFWs at the Bahay Kalinga in Riyadh and facilitate their repatriation.


Meanwhile, Administrator Cacdac said that the workers can also apply for livelihood assistance at the OWWA Regional Welfare Offices (RWOs) nearest their place of residence when they arrive at their respective provinces. The repatriated workers who still have active OWWA membership can also apply for a scholarship program for their child in college under the OFW Dependent Scholarship (ODSP).


ODSP is an educational assistance of Php 20,000.00 per school year to qualified dependents of an active OWWA member-OFW whose salary is not more than

US$ 600.00.


Last month, Secretary Bello and Administrator Cacdac brought home a total of 112 distressed workers from Riyadh, KSA.