Remains of 54 OFWs arrive from Saudi Arabia

Published July 28, 2020, 5:12 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The remains of 54 deceased overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia arrived in the country Tuesday.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said the remains of the 54 dead OFWs  arrived at past 2 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City.


In an advisory, the Labor department also explained why only 54 remains arrived instead of 71 as what they’ve announced Sunday.

“The Philippine Airlines (PAL) chartered cargo loaded only 54 remains due to failure of cargo forwarders to process all those earlier listed,” read the advisory. 

DOLE said of the 54 dead OFWs, 20 came from Al Khobar, 10 from Jeddah, and 24 from Riyadh.

It added that 39 of the OFWs died of COVID-19 while 15 died of other causes.

The DOLE on Sunday reported that it has already flown home 137 remains of the more than 200 dead OFWs in Saudi Arabia.

The first 49 remains arrived on July 10, with 19 of them died due to the coronavirus, while 30 from other causes.

The second batch, composed of 88 bodies, was flown in on July 19. The batch had 45 Covid-19 deaths and were immediately brought to crematoriums. The others were flown back to their respective provinces.