PH to Foot Bill for Return of Stranded OFWs

The Aquino administration will shoulder a portion of the repatriation costs for undocumented Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia, reports Manila Standard Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the government has also asked the Saudi government to waive some of their rules to speed up the issuance of exit visas for the Filipino workers.  Among the rules are: requiring a "no objection" certificate issued by the employers; fine for losing a work permit (1,000 Saudi Arabian riyals); fine for failure to update a work permit (2,000 riyals).