26 distressed OFWs return from Jordan before Christmas

Some 26 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) have returned to the Philippines from Jordan ahead of the Christmas season.

The group, which included a minor, was welcomed by representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

An official from the Philippine Embassy in Amman accompanied the group in compliance with the policy of repatriating Filipinos every step of the way.

“We are more than happy that we were able to bring home our fellow Filipinos just as the Christmas season begins. We stand ready to bring them home to their families,” DFA Undersecretary Sarah Lou Arriola said.

The DFA shouldered the transportation expenses of the group. The department also provided cash assistance to help the repatriates with their most basic needs.

The 26 distressed workers were the first batch of Filipinos to be repatriated through the amnesty program.

Jordan is home to at least 44, 941 Filipinos and 20,479 of them work as domestic helpers. (TN)

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