- Saudi Arabia's labor crisis has affected overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are now rendered jobless and stranded in the Middle East country
- Another batch of OFWs are now set to return this afternoon to the country's capital after they had been laid off
- President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the first batch of workers at the end of last month
The labor crisis in Saudia Arabia has produced another batch of retrenched overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who have presumably arrived in Manila.
Saudi Oger, a construction company whose headquarters are in Riyadh, has been under fire for not giving the salary of its workers on time. The private company has started delaying the payment of their employees since November last year, with others receiving their pay six to eight months late.
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Recently, Saudia Arabia has been experiencing a labor crisis due to the decreasing prices of fuel and the implementation of Saudization, which prioritizes having locals instead of foreign workers in private corporations.
An estimate of 8,757 OFWs were unfortunate to have experienced the company's mismanagement and raised the issue to the Philippine embassy in the Middle Eastern country. With the new administration, they have been immediately given compensation worth P500 million.
According to First Secretary and Consul General in Riyadh Iric Arribas, a total of 118 OFWs who got laid from the company left for Manila on a Saudi Airlines flight. They are also expected to arrive today at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 at 4 p.m.
Headed by Arribas himself, officials from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) and the Philippine Embassy joined him in assisting these workers to King Khalid International Airport to ensure their safe departure.
The consul general added that the flight of these workers was paid for by the Saudi government as part of its promise to provide free flights to Manila.
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At the end of August, the first batch of retrenched OFWs returned and was welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.