A total of 94 Filipinos returned home from Abu Dhabi on Friday with the help of the Philippine government’s repatriation program, some of whom were there illegally while others were fleeing abuse.
Brigido Dulay, deputy administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), said some of the repatriated Filipinos had used tourist visas to enter the United Arab Emirates before looking for jobs, GMA News reported.
Others said they had suffered injuries because of abuse by their employers. The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi was able to provide medical assistance to such victims before their repatriation.
According to GMA News, some of the returning Filipinos were put into wheelchairs when they arrived at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport because of various medical conditions.
There are more than 600,000 Filipino workers in the UAE.