Bishop urges illegal OFWs in Saudi to come home

Bishop urges illegal OFWs in Saudi to come home

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, CBCP-ECMI Chairman. ANALYN PERUCHO

MANILA— A Catholic bishop has called undocumented Filipinos in Saudi Arabia to avail of the 90-day amnesty period offered to all illegal workers.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the CBCP Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People, said the amnesty is an opportunity that the undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) should grab.

“We encourage our undocumented OFWs there to avail themselves with this favored action of the host country,” he said.

The prelate made the statement Friday as some 5,000 OFWs will be repatriated from Saudi Arabia this month.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said they are taking advantage of the amnesty period to bring home stranded OFWs.

Bishop Santos said the government’s response “is a huge comfort and relief from sufferings” of the OFWs.

“We are very grateful for the monetary assistance of our government. We appreciate their help, and acknowledge it as their compassion to sacrifices and as gratitude to services of our OFWs,” he added.

“We appeal for the government’s continuous help to the welfare and wellbeing of OFWs. And we assured them of our prayers, pastoral services,” Santos also said. CBCPNews