41 OFWs from Hong Kong whose trip to their mother country got delayed due to a problem with their travel agency arrived exactly on Christmas Day, around 2:00 p.m. (PHL time) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.
In a video shared on YouTube by GMA News, one of the ‘lucky’ OFWs said that although she wasn’t with her family on Christmas eve, she’s thankful enough that she arrived home in time for Christmas.
Another said the delay caused her to miss their family reunion, while another said she is in favor of filing a complaint against the agency and she is grateful that the government will help them on the matter.
Deputy administrator of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Brigido Dulay said they would file a case against Peya Travel Agency; the firm responsible for the delay.
Hundreds of OFWs discovered earlier that the flights they paid under Peya Travel were non-existent; prompting them to demand refunds, rebookings, and answers from the company.
Peya Travel have already apologized on their Facebook page regarding the “mess” brought by a “systems error”.
52 others are expected to arrive in the country on Monday night, while a few have arrived earlier, Monday morning.
The Philippine government vowed to bring home the stranded Filipinos the soonest time possible and some airlines are working with the government to assist the stranded Filipinos, free of charge.