Filipinos who applied for an amnesty in the United Arab Emirates will be given a livelihood assistance from the Philippine government when they return home.
Paul Raymund Cortes, the Philippine Consul-General in the UAE, said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will be giving US$100 to Filipinos who applied for the amnesty and choose to return to the Philippines. An additional US$375 will be given as livelihood assistance as well, Gulf News reported.
“The welfare assistance is a humble amount that the Philippine government had allocated to our returning nationals who have availed of the amnesty program,” Cortes said.
Cortes said the Philippine government will pay for the plane tickets of Filipinos who took up the amnesty. However, those who have already purchased their tickets will not be refunded, he added.
A total of 98 Filipinos, including six minors, are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines on August 15. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, about 10,000 Filipinos in Abu Dhabi and 20,000 in Dubai are eligible to apply for the amnesty.