Distressed OFWs, kids return from Riyadh
MANILA, Philippines - Fifty-seven overseas Filipino workers and 42 children returned to Manila on Monday afternoon, via a Singapore Airlines flight.
Staff from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) welcomed the OFWs, who were mostly undocumented workers in Riyadh.
OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon said this group of Filipinos were repatriated after the Saudi government's campaign to deport all illegal residents.
Members of the Inter-Agency Council Against Human Trafficking were also present at the airport to make an initial investigation to identify the persons or groups behind the illegal workers.
Dimzon said the children were subjected to DNA tests to determine if they are children of any Saudi national, which is a basis of more severe penalties.
The OFWs underwent interrogation and face possible inclusion in the immigration blacklist for violating Saudi immigration law.
OWWA said they will also give assistance to the OFWs until they return to their hometowns. - Report by Raoul Esperas