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54 remains of OFWs from Saudi arrive in PH Tuesday


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softail

MANILA -- The third batch of remains of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday afternoon.

A chartered Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight carrying 54 caskets from Riyadh arrived in Manila at 2:22 p.m.

According to PAL, the remains were from Alkhobar (20), Jeddah (10), and Riyadh (24). Thirty-nine of them died from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

The repatriation was through the joint efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

DOLE earlier reported that 49 remains of OFWs from Saudi Arabia arrived in the country last July 10, while the second batch carrying 88 remains arrived last July 19.

The remains of those who died of Covid-19 would be cremated immediately, while the kin of those who died of natural causes have the option to bury them or have them cremated, the DOLE earlier announced. (PNA) 

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1110411

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SkyMan
13 minutes ago, softail said:

The remains of those who died of Covid-19 would be cremated immediately,

No way to cremate in SA and then just send the ashes back?  Seems an odd risk.

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to_dave007

It is very unfortunate that so many Pinoy are put into the life situation of having to work in a place that values then so little.

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BossHog
It is very unfortunate that so many Pinoy are put into the life situation of having to work in a place that values then so little.

The oddest thing is that there are millions of poor in the KSA. Citizens. Yet the employers rely on foreign, especially Filipino, labour. That's one to wrap your head around.  

 

 

 

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mikecon3
5 hours ago, SkyMan said:

No way to cremate in SA and then just send the ashes back?  Seems an odd risk.

They don't do cremations here. You would think they would have something set up for just that reason, but I think it is either a cultural or religious thing with them not to do it.

As an added note, they don't bury people in coffins either, the dead are wrapped in cloth and put in the ground.

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SkyMan
1 hour ago, mikecon3 said:

They don't do cremations here. You would think they would have something set up for just that reason, but I think it is either a cultural or religious thing with them not to do it.

As an added note, they don't bury people in coffins either, the dead are wrapped in cloth and put in the ground.

I also thought maybe the RP gov't wanted to test them to see if they were, in fact, covid cases.  But yeah, probably not.

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