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OFWs in Saudi-Yemen border seek gov’t help for repatriation

Several overseas Filipino workers (OFW) from Najran, near the southern border of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) which has been recently hit by bombings, are now seeking government assistance for their repatriation.

Since last year, the area has been subjected to attacks by Yemeni rebels after the Saudi forces started aiding the Yemeni government in regaining control of the country, which has now descended into civil war.

Blas F. Ople Policy Center president Susan Ople disclosed at least four OFWs have already sought their assistance to leave Najran.

“The Center referred their appeals for help to the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration) for appropriate action. According to the worker, their employer has agreed to let them go provided that he is paid back all the recruitment costs,” Ople said.

The migrant advocate leader also said they received reports that other OFWs in Najran would also like to be relocated in areas in KSA, which remain peaceful.

There is an estimated count of 5,000 OFWs in Najran.

Ople urged the Philippine government to ban new hires from heading to Najran due to its deteriorating security situation.