The government repatriated yesterday from Abu Dhabi 30 Filipinos who had been working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without the proper documentations.
The Filipinos were welcomed home by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 1 upon their disembarkation from flight PR657 at around 9 a.m.
The OWWA said the 30 will not receive the P5,000 financial assistance provided to OFW who have returned home as part of the UAE repatriation program.
But each of them will receive P22,000 in livelihood assistance as part of the Balik-Pinas, OWWA Balik-Hanapbuhay program.
Some admitted going to the UAE on tourist visas, eventually landing in jail or being forced to seek assistance at the Philippine Embassy in the Middle East country.
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