PH, Saudi Arabia start talks to hasten repatriation of 2,000 illegal workers


MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has started negotiating with Saudi Arabia to expedite the repatriation of more than 2,000 undocumented Filipino workers camped outside the Philippine consulate in Jeddah, its spokesman said.

“Our officials have started talking to the Saudi government particularly the foreign ministry to waive some of the requirements to expedite the processing for the repatriation of our fellow Filipinos there,” said Foreign Affairs Spokesman Raul Hernandez in an interview over Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

He admitted that the process was tedious and complicated, especially since most of these Filipinos absconded their employers.

The OFWs are reportedly anxious to get out of Saudi Arabia before July, the deadline for illegal workers to legalize their stay there.

The Saudi government said it would enforce labor laws and punish illegal workers with imprisonment and fines amounting from 1,000 to 50,000 Saudi riyals.

Saudi Arabia has the largest number of OFWs of about 1.5 million, according to figures from the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration.

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  • gisingpinas

    2000 undocumented ofw daw. Bakit may kasamang mga bata?baka humahalo lang ang mga legal para free ang uwi tapos babalik uli.

    • jinx

      Brod, lam mo naman ang ibang kababayan natin. Kahit nasa hirap na sitwasyon, at kahit ilegal pa ang pag-tira sa ibang bansa, may gana pa ring gumawa ng bata. Lam mo na….di mapigilan ang L. Kaso lang, ayaw naman gumamit ng pills kaya kawawang mga bata— walang birth certificate, walang ID, walang identity.

  • Don’tBelieveEverythingYouRead!

    Kawawa naman mga Filipino kung saan-saan napapadpad para maghanapbuhay at makakain. Mga politicians wala ginawa kundi magpakasarap at magpabaya sa paggastos ng easy money.

  • Perry Utanis

    For straight English abandoned their jobs or runaway maids,,, not absconded their employers to make yourself clear in presenting news report!

    • David Bobir

      Correct. Absconded is usually used by native english speakers when referring to escaped prisoners or people held in some sort of detention.

  • common_juan

    problema sa mga ito gustu illegal para mapabilis ang proseso ng pagyaman. tapos ngayun malakas pa loob nyo na magdemand na gawan na agad ng paraan ng gobyerno ng pilipinas ang pag uwi nila? tigas naman ng mga pagmumukha nyo!

    ngayun nyo malalaman ang hirap at epekto ng katangahan nyo!

  • shane oy

    bakit hindi ang embassy officials ang nagsalita mismo para masagot ng diretsa rin ng mga ofw. embassy officials na palamunin ng bayan.magsi uwi nga kayo sa pinas at doon mag inarte.

  • misuari playboy

    Sulu Sultan’s nephew Amirbahar charged with waging war against King. Death penalty if found guilty.


    Papano nag illegal workers ang mga batang paslit ? aaarrrggghhhh …….

  • Bisaya

    i don’t want to make a general judgment about these illegal ofws. however, from my own personal experience ofws who absconded their employers tend not to seek “immediate intervention” from the consulate. they stay with friends and stay illegally until such time the situation worsen and become irreversible that the consulate can do nothing about it. attitudes like “bahala na” or “ipagsapalaran na” are acceptable only if you are in rp. to cite one, i was in a supermarket with my wife and overhear a conversation between a consulate official (who happens to shop) and an ofw over phone. the ofw is asking for help because she wants to go home. the official is angry upon knowing that the ofw is already staying illegally for 2 years! “anu tingin nyo sa consulado, hotel? hindi na mareremedyuhan yan kc sobrang paso na”, was the official’s reply. it is really sad that some of our kababayans have no regards for their own welfare. illegal stay is just not worth the risk for yourself and your family. don’t think that our gov’t will always bail you out, because it is not fair to those who are making great efforts to comply with the law. ofws in general abide by the local laws (way more than they do in rp), however, some people are just plain unscrupulous, bringing their bad attitudes from home with them.

    • $5699914

      So true.

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