More than 500 distressed and displaced Filipino migrant workers from have arrived back in the Philippines from Saudi Arabia.
About a third of these workers – 174 Filipinos – were displaced by a lockout by their employer and not paid wages for four months, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Philippine Information Agency reported.
The 347 other Filipinos are distressed domestic workers who were rescued by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh and Alkhobar.
The Filipino workers received assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, such as airport expenses, counseling, stress debriefing and medical referrals.
“What we wanted is for our distressed and displaced Filipinos to return home and so we provided them with sustained and comprehensive assistance. We want them to join their families this coming holiday season instead of suffering overseas,” Bello, the secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment, said.
Bello said officials will continue to monitor and follow-up the unpaid salaries and other financial claims of the workers and will provide them with assistance in finding alternative employment.