79 OFWs arrive from Saudi: DFA
MANILA – Seventy-nine overseas Filipino workers are now back in the Philippines from Saudi Arabia, bringing the number of repatriated stranded OFWs from the kingdom to around 4,000.
"Since April this year, our Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate General in Jeddah have been able to repatriate 4,003 kababayans, including 287 mothers and 317 children," said Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez.
Of the total, 2,274 came from Riyadh while 1,729 were from Jeddah.
"The embassy and consulate general continue to work closely with concerned Saudi authorities for the expeditious issuance of exit visas for the remaining Filipinos who have signified their desire to return to the PH during the grace period granted by the Saudi government," Hernandez said.
The amnesty on illegal foreign workers in Saudi Arabia will end on November 3, 2013.