NCMF rescues 38 repatriated Filipino students from KSA

Published April 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ali Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) is now taking care of 38 Filipino morits or students following their repatriation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) amid the intensified fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in their host country.

This NCMF-supplied photo shows some of the 38 morits (students) rescued at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on April 28 following their repatriation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
This NCMF-supplied photo shows some of the 38 morits (students) rescued at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on April 28 following their repatriation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (via Ali Macabalang/MANILA BULLETIN)

There were actually 47 morits repatriated from KSA, but nine of them were immediately picked up by their relatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminal on April 28, NCMF spokesman Jun Alonto-Datu Ramos said on Wednesday.

The repatriated students sought the assistance of the NCMF a day before they left KSA, giving Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan and his staff enough time to prepare for their transportation and billeting needs, Datu Ramos said.

Workers of the NCMF-National Capital Regional office led by lawyer Rikki Sansarona picked up the students from the NAIA and shuttled them to the central office, using two chartered shuttle buses to ensure their social distancing, Datu Ramos said.

Since April 28, the 38 all-male students have been billeted at the NCMF central office building under the care of the commission’s Bureau of Muslim Settlements led by Benjamin Buat.

Datu Ramos did not mention how long the repatriated students will remain at the NCMF’s care and from where in the country’s different regions they hail from.

 
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