80 OFWs return from strife-torn Yemen
MANILA, Philippines – At least 80 OFWs from strife-torn Yemen returned home safely Thursday, April 16, according to a news release from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
“Natakot po kami sa air strike na baka tumama sa mga bahay o buildings kaya nagdesisyon na kaming umuwi,” an unnamed OFW who worked for 20 years as supervisor in Yemen said when he returned. And he does not plan to return anytime soon. “Hindi muna, pahinga muna ako. Nakakasawa rin naman magtagal doon.”
The returnees chose to avail of the Philippine government’s Mandatory Repatriation Program.
An alert level 4 was raised in February when the conflict in the country escalated.
Last Monday, April 13, a total of 20 repatriates from Yemen – 19 OFWs and one child – were extended airport assistance by OWWA's repatriation team.
Several OFWs are being housed at the OWWA Halfway Home before they return to their provinces. According to OWWA, most of those being housed are from the Visayas and Mindanao. – Rappler.com