SOME 109 distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrived yesterday.
According to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) stationed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the latest repatriated OFWs arrived on a Philippine Airlines flight around 9 a.m.
The OFWs under the employ of three companies -- Al Azmeel Contracting and Construction Corporation, Rakkan Trading and Contracting Company, and SAMAMA Company for Operation and Management – were repatriated by OWWA which bought the plane tickets.
Many of the workers decided to come home due to contract violations by their Saudi employers such as unpaid salaries, end of service benefits, delayed salaries, lack of vacation leaves and failure to secure a final exit visa.
While awaiting their flight home, the OWWA handed a Special Financial Cash Assistance to the OFWs while another cash assistance and livelihood package shall be given to them when they arrive home.
OWWA’s Repatriation Team will provide the OFWs temporary shelter at OWWA’s Halfway Home as well as transportation assistance.