Second batch of OFW remains from Saudi Arabia to arrive on July 20 — DOLE
The next batch of remains of overseas Filipino workers who died in Saudi Arabia is expected to arrive in Manila on July 20, the Labor Department said Sunday.
In an advisory, the agency said the arrival of the second batch has been moved by a week in order for the government “to fly home more remains of our fallen OFWs from the KSA, and pursuant to the communication of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.”
“More bodies of our dear OFWs will arrive on July 20 instead,” the DOLE said.
The first batch — 49 OFWs who died of COVID-19 and other natural causes— was flown home on Friday. The remains were transported to the Villamor Airbase, where the caskets were disinfected upon arrival.
Over 200 more remains are expected to be brought home in the coming days, according to authorities.
The repatriation of deceased OFWs in Saudi Arabia is being done in batches as each charter flight can only accommodate around 40 caskets.
The country’s COVID-19 inter-agency task force earlier approved the request to fly home the remains of COVID-infected OFWs, after health officials declared it was “safe to bring home” the bodies of those who caught the viral disease.