The remains of 44 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia will be brought home on July 10, including 19 who died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the Department of Labor and Employment.
In a press briefing, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that these remains are among the 247 OFWs from the Kingdom who will be flown to the Philippines. He added that more bodies will be brought back on July 12.
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“Right now, we only have 274 and by Friday we are bringing 44 OFWs, 19 COVID-19-related, 25 non-COVID related. This is the latest. A total of 44 deceased OFWs,” Bello said.
He added that the remains will arrive at around 9:15 AM on July 10.
“We wanted to bring more but the plane that we were able to charter for the purpose of repatriating them would only accommodate 40. We will bring them home as soon as we can get to the transportation facility,” the secretary added.
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