2 weeks 23,000 displaced OFWs in Saudi seek repatriation MB
By Leslie Ann Aquino Twenty-three thousand displaced overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are seeking repatriation. Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh said the 23,000 OFWs were displaced amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the number includes those who already finished their contracts, lost their jobs, were abandoned by their employers, and the undocumented OFWs. “Our estimate before was 20,000, but we now have 23,000 displaced,” said Mustafa in a virtual press briefing on June 18. “More than 5,900 have exit visa. We were also able to send home more ... more