MORE than 300 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Bahrain displaced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are up for repatriation, according to the the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
In a statement, the DOLE said 346 OFWs set to return home after losing their jobs in Bahrain are part of 803 Filipino workers who have requested assistance to be sent home.
Of the 803, 457 have been repatriated since January. Of the remaining 346, 111 OFWs are awaiting for their plane tickets.
Citing a report by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Bahrain, DOLE said the displaced OFWs work in the hospitality, events, service, retail, and education sectors that have been forced to close for good due to COVID-19.
The DOLE said Bahrain, aside from footing the bill for the repatriation of OFWs, has also assured assistance in the settlement of labor-related claims. Several Bahrain employers have refused to fulfill their contractual obligations with workers due to the closure of their businesses.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in the United Arab Emirates is preparing to repatriate to Manila the remains of two Filipinos killed in a gas explosion last August 31 in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. – With Ashzel Hachero