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PNOY happy with DFA’s action on Saudi crisis

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has advised OFWs in Saudi Arabia to remain in “shelter units” and Philippine Embassies so as not to be arrested by Saudi Arabian authorities. PHOTO CREDIT: REMATE.PH

President Benigno Aquino III is contented with the Department of Foreign Affair’s action in solving the problem of thousands of OFWs in Saudi Arabia due to the Saudization policy of the said country.

According to PCOO Sec. Sonny Coloman, based from the report of Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert Del Rosario, no Filipino has been arrested so far in the on-going crackdown of Saudi authorities since yesterday.

Based from the DFA’s data, there are 4, 587 Filipinos that have been repatriated; while 1,433 OFWs are waiting for their immigration clearance and 450 are under the care of the embassy’s temporary shelters.

According to the Saudi Interior Ministry, there are 660 thousand Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia.

Sec. Del Rosario hired Saudi lawyers to provide legal assistance to Filipinos who will be captured by Saudi authorities.

Coloma added that the DFA, Consulate General and Philippine Overseas Labor Officers formed teams to visit jails, police stations and deportation centers to make sure that they can immediately provide help to those who will be arrested.

“A team led by Undersecretaries’ Jesus Yabes of DFA and Parisya Taradji of DSWD are in Saudi Arabia to meet with concerned Saudi authorities and to check the condition of undocumented Filipinos”, added Coloma.

The DFa is also conducting diplomatic representations at the Saudi government so that they can ask for help in repatriation efforts and protection for the rights of the undocumented Filipinos in the said country.

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