Philippine gov’t helps stranded undocumented OFW go home

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The Philippine Embassy in Madrid has recently helped an undocumented Filipina in Spain to return to the Philippines and be reunited with her family. 

The OFW, Salvacion (not her real name), lost her job in Madrid when the national government placed the country under a State of Alarm on March 13 due to the Covid-19 situation. 

With strict measures put in place, the Filipina was not allowed to work by her employer. 

Without any known relatives in the host country and enough savings, she approached the Philippine post to seek welfare assistance and discuss her possible repatriation. 

Salvacion finally left Spain by the third quarter of 2020 after her documentation was finalized in Manila. 

Upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, she was met and assisted by the Airport Teams of the DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). She was able to reunite with her family two days after obtaining her negative COVID-19 test result.

The recent repatriation of our kababayan from Spain brought a total of 977 OFWs who were assisted by the Philippine Embassy in Madrid. As of early September, more than 164,000 overseas Filipino workers have been brought home to be reunited with their families. 

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