PH Consulate in Jeddah facilitating repatriation of OFW

Posted at 05/06/12 1:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is already doing everything it can to assist the immediate repatriation of Alfredo Salmos, the overseas Filipino worker who survived electrocution back in 2010.

In a statement released by the DFA on Sunday, it said Salmos still needs to accomplish some documentary requirements before he could leave Jeddah and return to the Philippines.

The DFA said the Saudi Immigration authorities informed them that Salmos allegedly escaped from his employers months before the accident happened. The Saudi Immigration noted that this is a violation of laws in Saudi.

Saudi authorities also said that a 1981 Honda Accord, which was already impounded 12 years ago, is still registered under Salmos’ name.

The Philippine Consulate said it is already coordinating with the concerned agencies to help Salmos.

Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay thanked the people who helped bring Salmos’ case to attention of the authorites.

“The OFW Special Concerns Unit of the Office of the Vice President has already reached out to the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah and we are now working to have Mr. Salmos repatriated at the soonest possible time,” Binay said.

Salmos’ case was brought to the attention of authorities after a video of him seeking for help so he can return to the country went viral online.