The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said 5,176 Filipinos have been repatriated from Saudi Arabia.
In a statement, the DFA said the Filipinos were repatriated through a 90-day amnesty program that started on March 29 and ended on June 25.
The DFA said it has deployed teams to Riyadh and Jeddah/Al Khobar “to register and issue travel documents to returning Filipinos.”
It said that about 12,000 Filipinos have registered for the processing of exit visas before the program ended and that the Philippine Foreign Service posts in Riyadh and Jeddah have endorsed the applicants.
The Saudi government, however, has not announced an extension of the amnesty program.
“For those who are still waiting for exit visas due to commercial and private debts, the DFA has advised that they fulfill their obligations and settle all debts to facilitate the processing of their exit documents,” the statement read.
The DFA is working with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration on the issuance of new passports to those repatriated.
It said it will continue to monitor the progress of the endorsement and that the Philippine Foreign Service posts will provide assistance if necessary.
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