Saudi Arabia to pay SR 2 billion to 10,000 Filipinos

Saudi Arabia has decided to pay an aggregate amount of SR 2,000 million to almost 10,000 unpaid Filipino workers living in the country. Saudi Arabia hosts around 700,000 Filipinos. 

After the meeting with the Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos in Thailand, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced to pay SR 2 billion to 10,000 Filipino workers with unpaid salaries.

Since the major population of the Philippines is Catholic, they are referring to this as a Christmas gift.

Who would get the funds?

Around 10,000 Filipinos were working for various Saudi companies that declared bankruptcy in 2015 and 2016, leaving their workers unpaid are still struggling to receive their due wages. The Saudi government has pledged to pay them SR 2 billion.

OFWs are above the moon.

According to Venecio Legaspi, an assistant secretary at the Philippine Department of Migrant Workers, the Philippine government and the Filipinos are rejoicing the news.

This good news will help improve the relationship between the two countries. Legaspi has been working in Jeddah for 29 years. According to him, the two countries would now work on technical details.

Marissa Magsino, a lawmaker, has also encouraged and praised the decision. 

Source: Arab News

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