7 May 2012

Filipino workers stranded in PNG finally repatriated

12:45 pm on 7 May 2012

More than 50 Filipino workers who were stranded in Papua New Guinea's Manus province for more than 18 months have been repatriated.

Zambo Times reports that the 55 Filipinos arrived in the Philippines late last week after the country's embassy in PNG oversaw the repatriation process.

The workers had been hired as land and sea-based crew members of a Manus-based fishing company for a project by the provincial government.

The project never got off the ground and the workers stopped receiving allowances last November.

The cost of their repatriation was reportedly paid for by the Philippines government, while the PNG government is understood to be making a contribution to the allowances owed to the men.