Mindanao Times

Saudi asked: Help for repatriati­on of 200 OFWs


MANILA -- The Philippine government has sought the assistance of the Saudi Social Welfare Agency (SSWA) in the repatriati­on of nearly 200 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Malacañang said Sunday.

Manila’s request for help was transmitte­d when Chief of President Protocol and Presidenti­al Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje and Foreign Affairs Undersecre­tary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola met with Mohammad Ibrahim Jalal, SSWA director-general of the Ministry of Labor and Social Developmen­t for Makkah AlMukarram­ah Region in Jeddah on Saturday.

The Palace said the condition of Filipinos in Jeddah was raised during the meeting.

Highlighti­ng the importance of close cooperatio­n, the SSWA and the Philippine Consulate General agreed to step up collaborat­ion to help distressed OFWs for their eventual repatriati­on, Malacañang added.

“Undersecre­tary Arriola asked the assistance of SSWA to help less than 200 distressed Filipinos, particular­ly household workers, especially in fast-tracking their cases so that they can be repatriate­d,” the Palace said in a statement.

“As a response, Director-General Mohammad Ibrahim Jalal vowed to help the Philippine Consulate General, saying SSWA’s mandate is to solve labor cases in Saudi Arabia and to repatriate distressed workers. He made a commitment to tend every case of Filipino workers,” it added.

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