August 4, 2015 : From the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Philippine Embassy in Muscat has been informed that the Government of the Sultanate of Oman will extend the amnesty program for foreign undocumented workers until October 28.
The amnesty program which originally began on May 03 this year was to end on July 31. With the recent announcement, the Philippine Embassy has stepped up its efforts to encourage undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Oman to avail of the amnesty and avoid paying overstay penalties and other fines.
Philippine Ambassador to Oman Narciso T. Castañeda welcomed this development and views this as an opportunity for undocumented OFWs to return to the Philippines without facing any legal actions.
Media reports have placed around 7,382 undocumented workers of various nationalities as having been deported under the amnesty program. Of this figure, 162 OFWs were among those who have been deported, including all of the 29 distressed OFWs sheltered in the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Muscat (POLO-Muscat). The FWRC has, as of to date, maintained zero ward.
Undocumented OFWs in Oman who may wish to avail of the amnesty under the extended period are advised to contact the POLO-Muscat hotline no. (+968) 9355-7931. Notices and a guide on how to avail of the program have been posted in the Philippine Embassy in Muscat website (www.muscatpe.dfa.gov.ph) and its Facebook page. (taken from Philippine Government Official Gazette)