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Govt foots the bill for workers’ return

The Aquino administration will shoulder a portion of the repatriation costs for undocumented Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government has also asked the Saudi government to waive some of their rules to speed up the issuance of exit visas for the Filipino workers. “Among the rules we have asked the Saudi government to waive are: the presentation of the ‘no objection’ certificate required to be issued by the employers; the fine for losing the Iqama or work permit which is around 1,000 Saudi Arabian Riyals; the fine for failure to update the Iqama which is around 2,000 SAR,” Lacierda said. “We are committed to help in shouldering the repatration costs,” he said. Militant workers’ group Migrante said around 7,000 undocumented Filipino workers are seeking repatriation after Saudi King Abdullah deferred for three months until July a government crackdown  on illegal and overstaying foreigners.
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