Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III bared this good news based on the report of Labor Attaché David Des Dicang of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Qatar that the Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced the said amnesty.
“I welcome this piece of good news for our overstaying OFWs of a still undetermined number as it gives them the opportunity to finally go home to their families in the Philippines, and allow them to start new lives,” Bello said.
According to Bello, the amnesty is the first in 12 years and the third ever in Qatar, and will be in force from September 1 to December 1, 2016.
“With this opportunity, I strongly urge Filipinos illegally staying in Qatar to avail of this amnesty and go home to the Philippines to avoid the repercussion of their being declared as illegal foreigners in Qatar,” he added.
The said amnesty covers all foreigners residing in the country who have violated Law No. 4 of 2009, which regulates the entry, exit, residence and sponsorship of expatriates.
“Those who want to avail of the program shall contact the Search and Follow up Department of Qatar to complete the exit procedures within the covered period,” Dicang explained in his report.
He also said that based on reports the POLO has received, the last amnesty was offered in 2004, but it was given an additional one month extension by the Qatari government due to the big number of availees at that time.
END/POLO-Qatar Report/Tim Laderas