Cebu Pacific donates air tickets to Filipinos stuck in Riyadh

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A Philippine-based airline company has donated 32 plane tickets for Filipinos at Riyadh's Bahay Kalinga shelter, who have been cleared by Saudi authorities to go home on Monday

Cebu Pacific donates air tickets to Filipinos stuck in Riyadh

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A Philippine-based airline company has donated 32 plane tickets for Filipinos at Riyadh’s Bahay Kalinga shelter, who have been cleared by Saudi authorities to go home on Monday morning.

“The plane tickets were donated by Cebu Pacific and were issued through the Embassy of Philippines with Consul Winston Almeda who coordinated with the airline firm,” said Firma Bantilan, assistant labor attache at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh.

However, Bantilan could not confirm if all of the 32 Filipinos, many of them household service workers, could leave, as last minute problems may arise at the airport.

One of these workers is Evangeline Bonita from Leyte province and who has been staying at the shelter for the last eight months.

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Resolution of her case was expedited with the help of Foreign Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis.

Bonita was one of two domestic workers which Seguis helped. The other one is Dhalia Asuero, whose endorsement to the Saudi Social Welfare Administration was being considered. Meanwhile, Bantilan said that 164 Filipinos staying at the BK will graduate from different courses on Monday. These courses include reflexology, cosmetology 1 and 2, basic hair dressing and entrepreneurship. Last July 68 also graduated.

“The courses are part of the reintegration program of the Philippine government. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz will be the guest speaker,” Bantilan said.

Aside from meeting with Labor Secretary Adel Fakeih, Baldoz will also relaunch the reintegration, under which Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) intending to go home for good could start a livelihood project with government assistance.

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