FINALLY the remains of 72 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), 62 of whom died from COVID-19 and 10 others of varied causes, were flown home over the weekend from Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Tearful relatives welcomed the deceased “modern heroes” who chose to work in foreign lands for the sake of their families only to meet untimely deaths.
The Philippine Airlines jet carrying the lifeless passengers touched down in Manila at 10:13 Friday morning.
PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said that PAL’s Airbus A330 flew to the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam to fetch the 72 human remains.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) chartered the flight and shouldered the expenses.
The coffins were loaded in funeral cars and brought to specific government-accredited funeral parlors upon arrival at the airport, Villaluna added.
PAL offered its “… sympathies to the bereaved families.”