Second batch of OFW remains from Saudi Arabia to arrive on July 19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18)— The next batch of remains of overseas Filipino workers who died in Saudi Arabia is expected to arrive in Manila on Sunday, July 19, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration said Saturday.

“Mga higit-kumulang 70 human remains na pauwi ng ating mga nasawing OFWs sa Saudi Arabia,” OWWA Administrator Hans Cacdac told CNN Philippines' Newsroom.

[Translation: More or less 70 human remains will be sent home from Saudi Arabia.]

Cacdac added 38 of them died due to COVID-19.

In an earlier statement, the Department of Labor and Employment said the second batch of remains will arrive on July 20. “More bodies of our dear OFWs will arrive on July 20 instead.”

The first batch — 49 OFWs who died of COVID-19 and other natural causes— was flown home on Friday. The remains were transported to the Villamor Airbase, where the caskets were disinfected upon arrival.

Over 200 more remains are expected to be brought home in the coming days, according to authorities.

The repatriation of deceased OFWs in Saudi Arabia is being done in batches as each charter flight can only accommodate around 40 caskets.

The country’s COVID-19 inter-agency task force earlier approved the request to fly home the remains of COVID-infected OFWs, after health officials declared it was “safe to bring home” the bodies of those who caught the viral disease.