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By EDD K. USMAN & DEEN MOHAMMADR
RIYADH/MANILA, June 10 (SDN) — HOME COMING!
Parents, husbands, wives, children are bound to be happy tomorow just by knowing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will arrive today, June 11, 2020, in Manila.
In fact, 347 OFWs will touch homeland again at around 10:20 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Barring any hitch.
They will be onboard a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
SDN — Science and Digital News learned about this from Ambassador Adnan Alonto, the Philippines envoy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“We repatriated 346 OFWs, including 3 medical patients, 7 expecting mothers and several male and female wards,” the ambassador told SDN via Messenger.
The flight also includes OFWs with exit visas.
Ambassador Alonto posted on his Facebook page some of the photographs of the Filipino repatriates. He saw them off at the King Khalid International Airport (KKIA).
“The chartered PAL plane leaves Riyadh 6:30 p.m., June 10, and arrives at 10:20 a.m. in Manila, June 11.”
He said this is the third repatriation flight from Riyadh.
Ambassador Alonto thanked President Rodrigo R. Duterte for “his resolve to bring the OFWs safe” as well as Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin’s “unflinching support.”
Some photographs from Ambassador Alonto’s post:
In a related development, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh will kick off its a la town hall meeting that will cater to the OFWs in the Kingdom.
Alonto said the “RIYADH TOWN HALL” meeting will have its first edition on June 11 at 12 noon (Manila time).
He added the meeting was arranged by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through OUMWA Undersecretary Sarah Arriola and Undersecretary Ernie Abella. OUMWA is Office of the Undersecretary for Migrants Workers’ Affairs.
Also at the airport was Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa who heads the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Riyadh.
POLO is under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-OWWA).
On May 18, Ambassador Alonto and Labatt Mustafa also oversaw and sent off 347 OFWs repatriated by the Philippine Embassy with a chartered PAL flight.
OFWs across the world have been affected direly by lockdowns in their base countries, at least hundreds want to go home as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe.
Saudi Arabia is host to a Filipino community nearing 900,000, according to embassy figures. (SDN)