Saudi Arabia plans to expedite the repatriation of nearly 200 Filipino workers currently being cared for by consular officials in Jeddah, according to local media reports.
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A formal request for assistance was made during a December 21 meeting between Filipino and Saudi government officials, which included Mohammad Ibrahim Jalal, the Saudi Social Welfare Administration’s director general from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development for the Makkah Al-Mukarramah Region.
Under current regulations, recruitment agencies help facilitate the papers of foreign workers involved in labour disputes or facing other issues, while also making referrals to the government to speed up processing.
The meeting comes during a three-country tour of the region by Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Robert Borje, which also saw him visit Tunisia and will see him proceed to Bahrain.
Saudi Arabia remains one of the top destinations for Filipino overseas workers.
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