As the Christmas season takes the peak, the more reason for Overseas Filipino Workers to return home to be with their loved ones this time of the year.

Evelyn Valenzuela is one of the thousands of OFWs who hurriedly went home to the Philippines to be with her family after spending 6 years in jail in Saudi Arabia.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Valenzuela was given an early release from detention and was able to benefit from the government’s repatriation program through the help of the DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) together with the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

The Philippine government sought the help and assistance of the Saudi government together with the Saudi Social Welfare Agency (SSWA) in the repatriation of OFWs numbered at around 200.

“Undersecretary [Sarah Lou] Arriola asked the assistance of SSWA to help less than 200 distressed Filipinos, particularly household workers, especially in fast-tracking their cases so that they can be repatriated,” says a statement.

It is not clear the reason for the imprisonment of Valenzuela. However, there are a lot of OFWs in this Gulf nationals who are being subjected to bad-treatment of their employers.

There are thousands of Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia, most of them are working as domestic helpers.

See clip below

Reunited

OFW Evelyn Valenzuela is finally reunited with her family after 6 years and will now be spending Christmas in the Philippines after having been in jail in Saudi Arabia. Her early release from detention and repatriation were made through the efforts of the DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Assistance to Nationals Section.

Posted by OFW Help on Sunday, December 22, 2019

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