The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be shouldering the “overstaying fees” of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who still could not go back to the Philippines amid policy changes recently implemented by the Middle Eastern state.
The remark came from DFA Undersecretary Sarah Arriola during a meeting of the House Committee on Public Accounts when she was asked by Bulacan Representative Jonathan Sy-Alvarado on what the department can do for overstaying OFWs in the UAE after a new visa policy was rolled out in the Gulf state.
Per the lawmaker, he has been receiving reports from OFWs worrying about their status as well as the overstaying fees they have to settle before they could leave the UAE.
Arriola said that OFWs who want to be repatriate but have to pay for overstaying fees may go to the nearest government posts in the UAE for help.
“What we usually do for this is we also pay for the overstaying fees for us to be able to help our kababayans,” she said.
The country is eyeing to repatriate another 50,577 OFWs stranded in various countries by the end of July.
Nonetheless, Arriola stressed the DFA would spend the single centavo in their budget to help every OFW in need.