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Thousands of OFWs to avail of KSA’s amnesty program

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By Samuel Medenilla

Another thousand overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are expected to avail of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) amnesty program for undocumented migrants before it ends next month.

Overseas Filipino workers (Manila Bulletin File Photo)

Overseas Filipino workers (Manila Bulletin File Photo)

In a statement, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) disclosed it expects at least 5,000 OFWs will register for the “Nation Without Violations” program of the Saudi government which will end in June 2017.

It said around 4,000 illegal OFWs have registered for the 90-day program started so they could leave KSA without paying the corresponding penalties to the Saudi government for violating its migrant regulations.

As of Thursday, 250 of those who registered for the amnesty program have already arrived in the country and were given assistance by OWWA and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

They were given temporary shelter at the OWWA Halfway Home, transportation fares, psycho-social counseling, and reintegration services.

OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac said they will extend similar assistance to other repatriates from KSA once they arrive in the country in the coming days.

“We continue to extend assistance to OFWs at all times, and without let-up. Our personnel are well-trained to assist them even beyond the usual working hours. Our mantra, speaks well of our commitment to serve the clients in the hour of their needs,” Cacdac said.

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