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Saudi Amnesty Program Countdown Reaches 5,376, More to Come

July 9, 2017
Saudi Amnesty Program Countdown Reaches 5,376, More to Come

Another group of 40 OFWs from Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), who availed of the “90-Day Amnesty Program” offered by the Kingdom arrived at 3:30 Monday   afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, via Cebu Pacific flight 5J741.


The 40 returnees is part of the expected 7,000 OFWs who decided to come home after the “KSA 90-Day Nation Without Offenders” campaign ends on June 29, 2017. There are   reports that the campaign is extended, but no official statement has yet received by OWWA from the DFA and DOLE.


“We are pleased that the KSA Amnesty Program, has been extended to all foreign workers including the OFWs. The Philippine government, through the Embassy in KSA, and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), coordinated in registering OFWs to the program. Said offices made an all-out effort to ensure that all OFWs whose cases fall under the categories listed by the Saudi government authorities are attended to by our personnel in Saudi,” OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac said. 


Qualified to avail of the program include residents whose “iqama” (residence permit/work license) expired on or before March 19, 2017; workers with work permit but no iqama; run away workers reported as such on or before March 19, 2017; Umrah and Haj overstayers (pilgrimage); pilgrims without Haj permit; and “infiltrators” crossing Saudi borders.


Post-repatriation  services are accorded  to all repatriated workers including  temporary shelter at the OWWA Halfway Home to those residing  in the provinces; provision of transportation fare  onward to their respective provinces, psycho-social counseling, among others. The OWWA Team, Cacdac added, is on a 24-hour-round- the- clock duty to extend assistance to the OFWs.