The remains of the 49 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrived in the Philippines on Friday, July 10.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello III said on Thursday, July 9, that at least 19 of the deceased OFWs died due to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Bello also promised the families of all 275 OFWs who died in Saudi Arabia that the Philippine government will ensure that their remains will be brought back to the country.
“I would like to inform the next of kin, the relatives of our dead OFWs, that at all cost we will repatriate all of them. Hindi man namin magawa paminsanan pero titiyakin namin na maiuuwi natin sila lahat,” the DOLE chief said during the Laging Handa press briefing.
“Kaya maghintay-hintay lang kayo, gagawan natin lahat dahil ito ang utos ng ating Pangulo na kailangang maiuwi natin lahat ag ating mga kababayan dead or alive,” he added,
Bello said that the remains of 44 deceased OFWs will be flown from Saudi Arabia on Sunday, July 12, and will arrive on Monday, July 13.