The Saudi government gave a deadline for the Philippines to repatriate the remains of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) who passed away in Saudi Arabia. However, the Labor Secretary confirmed that they cannot meet the deadline given by the Kingdom.

According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, they will not push through with the repatriation of the 200 OFWs who passed away in Saudi Arabia. They cannot meet the deadline which is July 4.

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Bello said that the issuance of the documentary requirements if what’s causing the delay for the repatriation of the remains of OFWs. Though they already missed the deadline, Bello is determined that they will still fly back the remains of OFWs by next week.

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The other 354 OFWs from Saudi Arabia who sought repatriation are already set to return to the Philippines through a chartered flight. Most of these repatriates lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New chartered flights are also being arranged by the consulate in Saudi Arabia as more OFWs showed interest in returning back to the Philippines.

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country that prohibits cremation. They have given a deadline to the Philippines to repatriates the remains of Filipinos who passed away in their country. If the deadline was not met, their remains will be buried in Saudi.

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