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Another batch of 35 undocumented Pinoy in Jeddah went home after receiving their government-sponsored tickets.
The group left Jeddah on board Philippine Airlines flight to Manila yesterday afternoon and is expected to arrive in Manila early in the afternoon.
While waiting for the bus that will bring them to the airport OFW Cherilyn Reyes could not hide her excitement of going home after three years of being a TNT.
Cherilyn said she has no plans of returning to the kingdom even if there is a chance.
“I will just stay home for now and I will just try to find a job in Manila.” Said Cherilyn.
The group thanked the Philippine Consulate and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) for helping them in applying for the exit visa and sponsoring their tickets to Manila.
Consul Rj Sumague said more undocumented Kababayan will go home in the next few days as the consulate are already arranging the flight schedules of those who have already confirmed air tickets.
“We already have confirmed flight schedules this week of those who already received their air-tickets and we are expecting more confirmed flight schedule of our kababayan in the next few weeks.” Sumague said.
Sumague also said half of the six hundred undocumented Pinoy who left home were government-sponsored tickets.
Sumague said air-tickets were shouldered by different attached government agencies like the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Labor and Employment, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Department of Social Worker and Development (DSWD).
Sumague appealed to those who have not yet applied for the amnesty to do it while there is still time.
The 90-day amnesty program offered by the Saudi Government to undocumented foreign workers will expire on the last day of June.