- PH government provided P500M assistance to stranded OFWs in KSA
- Some stranded OFWs in Saudi have resorted to eating trash foods
- Affected OFWs have been waiting for 2-6 months for their unpaid salaries
The Philippine government under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte have sent help to more or less 11,000 stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia
As per reports, some of these OFWs have even resorted to eating trash foods from a grocery store after being removed from their job, and have been waiting for their pay for about 2 to 6 months.
The team sent by president arrived with a total of P500-million aid wherein each affected OFW will be receiving P20,000 plus P6,000 for a trip to go back to the Philippines.
According to Arab News the team is comprised of the new TESDA chief Atty Guiling Mamonding, Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello and Acts-OFW partylist congressman John Bertiz.
As a representative of the Philippine government, Bello said that they want to know the real status of the OFWs.
The team also promised assistance for the children of these OFWs for the continuity of their studies.
The new TESDA chief talked on the importance of the role of his agency in the improvement of workers’ qualifications as it raises their working status.
Duterte’s Middle East Movement secretary Saidali Malic said that aside from repatration and plane ticket assistance, the government will also provide legal assistance so that the OFWs will be able to claim their unpaid salaries.
Meanwhile, senior ISO system auditor, Gilbert G. Alarcon, at Dar Alriyadh Consultants cannot blame the (KSA) government over the issue as their government is greatly affected by their ‘current economic recession.’
The OFWs mentioned have been working, as per Philippine Information Office, in several Saudi construction and maintenance companies including their sub-contractors after the retrench.
They refuse to return home as they await for their unpaid salaries and end-of-service benefits from former employees.
Meanwhile, Kicker Daily had earlier posted that one of the priorities of the new administration is to provide assistance for the OFWs. Creation of a department focusing on the welfare of OFWs was also promised.
Watch this report from GMA News’ QRT: