55 OFWs repatriated from Jeddah

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A March 22, 2011 press release by the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that 55 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were repatriated from Jeddah Monday.
Out of the 55 OFWs, 32 OFWs including 3 minor children arrived at 10:25 Tuesday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) via Gulf Airways.
The remaining 23 OFWs will arrive Tuesday afternoon.
Consular and Case Officers Eleanor Tolentino, Gina Clemencio and Aurea Bahjin of the DFA-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA-OUMWA) together with representatives from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) welcomed the Filipino repatriates at the airport.
The Consulate conducted negotiations and made strong representations with the Saudi government and the immigration authorities for the issuance of the Filipinos’ exit visas.
Through the Consulate’s representations, the plane fares of the OFWs were likewise provided by the Saudi government.
Furthermore, the Consulate provided the necessary travel documents to the OFWs as well as food and appropriate assistance.
OWWA representatives also gave the Filipino repatriates a stress debriefing and counseling at the receiving lounge of the airport.