Remains of 54 more OFWs brought home from Saudi Arabia

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 28) — The remains of 54 more overseas Filipino workers from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have arrived on Tuesday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said 39 of the OFWs succumbed to COVID-19 while the rest died of natural causes.

Bello added that the deceased were brought straight to crematoriums, following strict health protocols.

It was the last batch of remains to be brought home via mass repatriation. The rest will be flown in via commercial flights, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

Bello assured that qualified relatives of the deceased Filipinos will receive assistance from the government.

“If they are members of OWWA, they will be provided with the bereavement benefits of about ₱120,000,” Bello said.

Bello added that aside from the repatriation of the remains, his department has brought home a total of 111,000 OFWs.