13 Pinoys who escaped from abusive employers in Dubai now in PHL
At least 13 distressed Filipino workers who ran away from their abusive employers were repatriated last weekend from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippine officials there said.
Philippine Consul-General in Dubai Benito Valeriano said the 13, who arrived in Manila last August 5, were beneficiaries of repatriation initiatives by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
“These are workers, who have run away from their employers and whose cases have already been terminated and are now ready to go home,” Valeriano said in a report posted on Tuesday on the news site Khaleej Times.
He added the DFA had authorized the consulate to repatriate 35 workers.
Vice Consul Geronimo Suliguin and Labor Attache Delmer Cruz saw the OFWs off at the airport. The OFWs arrived in Manila aboard a Gulf Air flight.
Suliguin, who is supervising the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) in Dubai, said the group is the single biggest benefitting from repatriation assistance this year.
He added the repatriation is done under the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs through the DFA's Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Fund.
For their part, ATN officials Mohammad Javier Pukunum, Roberto Dayacap and Jennifer Evangelista assisted the workers with their documentary requirements.
Meanwhile, Suliguin said 15 workers had been repatriated earlier in smaller groups.
“We are looking forward to repatriate around 17 more, hopefully, once their papers are processed at the immigration,” he said. - VVP, GMA News
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