Ronaldo Z. Concha/Al-Bilad
JEDDAH – The number of undocumented Filipinos in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia who applied for amnesty since it started on March 29 exceeds 5 thousand already consulate officials said yesterday.
Consul Rj Sumague said 5, 200 undocumented OFWs and their dependents have registered to avail the amnesty offered by the kingdom since it started last March 29.
Sumague said most of those who registered are former domestic helpers who ran away from their employers.
Sumague said the numbers might reach 7,000 as more undocumented Kababayan are expected to apply before the amnesty ends next month.
“Meron pa natitirang mahigit isang buwan, at sa dami ng mga tumatawag at nagi-inquire tungkol sa amnesty posibleng abutin ng 7,000 ang mga kababayan natin na magpapalista para makauwi ng Pilipinas,” he said.
Sumague further says that around 600 of those who received exit visas already left while others are just waiting for the air tickets provided by the Philippine Government.
Sumague also said that the consulate is now arranging the flight schedules of those who already have exit visa and they are also checking on who among these Filipinos bought their own tickets.
“Nagchi-check po kami maige kung may mga ticket na yung mga nabigyan ng ng exit visa para masiguro na hindi magka-doble ang pagbili ng ticket,” the official said.
Sumague calls anew to those who have not yet applied for the amnesty to do it while there is still time.