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Robredo’s Sins Against OFWs Saved by the President’s Saudi Amnesty Coordination

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

During the Palit-Bise rally, it was mentioned that Leni Robredo sins against OFWs – since her extra-judicial pronouncements on the administration’s drug war give the country and it’s people a bad reputation. She made the lives of troubled OFWs particularly in Saudi Arabia even harder. Good thing that the president is quick to coordinate for the Saudi Amnesty during his visit in the Middle East.

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[VIDEO]: OFWs under Saudi’s amnesty program back home

105 Saudi Amnesty Returnees

105 OFWs granted with Saudi amnesty arrived from Riyadh on April 13. They are already the third batch to come home following Saudi Arabia’s “A Nation Without Illegal Expatriates” program. Under the amnesty, they have not banned these Filipinos going back for work when they already have the legal option to do so.

Amnesty Provision

The program gives these undocumented Filipinos 90 days to leave the country without risk of detention. Violations include holding expired visas or residence permits. Atty. Cesar Chavez, officer-in-charge Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Repatriation and Assistance Division, said the government paid for their travel from Saudi Arabia.

Government Assistance

The Philippine government also takes care of domestic expenses upon arrival. Livelihood assistance and other reintegration services are also offered. They are cleared from penalties or cases from their previous employers. More OFWs are expected to arrive over the next two days who take advantage of the amnesty with the help of the Du30 administration. There are still 16,000 OFWs in the Middle East who are irregular, undocumented or overstaying – the real VP should concentrate on this one like the former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

Fulfillment of the President’s Promise

The President earlier promised to bring home 250 OFWs stranded in Saudi Arabia, along with those on death row before his departure.  Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that a government augmentation team is also in Saudi Arabia to help those who have not availed the amnesty program.

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