MGA STRANDED NA OFW NA PAPUNTANG SAUDI, TUTULUNGAN NG PAMAHALAAN

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Tutulungan ng pamahalaan ang mga OFW na nakatakdang lumipad papuntang Saudi Arabia ngunit na-stranded sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) matapos pansamantalang suspendihin ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang deployment papunta roon. 

Sinabi ni Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) chief Bernard Olalia na tutulungan ng Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) ang nasa 403 OFWs na na-stranded sa NAIA. 

“I just spoke with OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson, she’s on her way to the airport to assist our stranded OFWs. The OWWA is ready to provide them with hotel accommodation and food,” saad niya sa isang virtual forum ngayong araw, Mayo 28. 

Bukod dito, nakikipag-ugnayan na rin umano ang ahensya upang linawin ang mga ulat na ang mga OFW umano na patungong Saudi Arabia ay nirerequire ng kanilang mga amo o recruitment agencies na akuin ang gastos para sa COVID-19 health at safety protocols. 

Kahapon ay nag-isyu si DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III ng memorandum sa POEA para sa pansamantalang suspensyon ng deployment ng mga Pilipino sa Saudi. 

“In the interest of the service, you are hereby instructed to effect the temporary suspension of deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia effective immediately and until further notice. The Department received reports that departing OFWs are being required by their employers/foreign recruitment agencies to shoulder the costs of the health and safety protocol for Covid-19 and insurance coverage premium upon their entry in the Kingdom,” saad ng memorandum.

Maglalabas umano si Bello ng opisyal na pahayag sa pagpapatuloy ng deployment ng mga OFW sa Riyadh kapag nalinaw na ang nasabing isyu.

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