Some 344 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) arrived this Sunday noontime from Riyadh, Migrant Workers Secretary Susan Ople said.
Ople said the repatriation was arranged by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), an attached agency of the DMW. They arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on board PR8657.
“The DMW, through OWWA, will be extending the needed assistance to all our repatriated kababayan, including medical help and transportation,” Ople said.
Ople said among the repatriated workers are four OFWs with medical conditions and five suffering from mental illness. These OFWs have been provided with medical assistance.
The OWWA is also helping one OFW from Iloilo who came home to attend to a tragedy within the family, she said.
Other OFWs for quarantine will be accommodated at a hotel in Quezon City and will be tested for COVID-19. Once cleared, Ople said the workers will be provided transportation assistance by OWWA so they can be reunited with their families -DMW