Over 50 undocumented OFWs return from Jeddah
MANILA – Vanguardia Regalado had no souvenirs for her family just her personal belongings when she arrived home from Saudi Arabia on Monday evening.
Regalado is just one of the undocumented OFWs who stayed at the so-called Tent City outside the Philippine Consulate. She wore a hat with the names of some of the Filipinos still at the tent city upon her arrival at the airport.
"Yan po mga kasama ko na naghihirap pa. Thanks God naka-survive kami. Kami po ng kasama ko galing pang Dammam. Yung galing Riyadh tumakbo ng Jeddah para makakuha ng amnesty," said Regalado.
While many of them were relieved to be back, others, like "Jonalyn", still feel worried about those left behind in the kingdom.
Her husband is still at the Tent City.
"Tatlong buwan ako doon. Mahirap. Naghahakot kami ng tubig, kailangan talaga hawak mo papel mo. Hangga't maaari na nga lang sa Tent City na lang sila. Kawawa andami pang bata…ako nakauwi ako. Yung asawa ko saka yung mga bata di pa," she said.
Regalado and Jonalyn are part of the group of more than 50 repatriates who arrived from Jeddah on Monday evening.
Many undocumented OFWs have camped out of the Philippine Consulate when Saudi Arabia set a deadline on the amnesty to crackdown on illegal foreign workers.
The deadline was extended until November 3 to give ample time to OFWs and other foreign workers to correct their status in the kingdom. Report from Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News