OFW Victims of Labor Malpractice Appeal to Noynoy for Help (PR)

Press Release
25 July 2010

More than 20 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) deployed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia have sent their appeal letter address to President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, a day before his First State of the nation Address (SONA), pleading for help as they have been victims of their employer’s labor malpractice and inhumane treatment.
John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator, said that on 22 July, more than 20 distress OFWs have sought assistance from the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS), member organization of Migrante-Middle East.
“Our KGS-Migrante officers headed by KGS Secretary-General Mike Garlan have met the distress OFWs on July 22 upon their request for assistance as they have been subjected to various labor malpractices by their employer,” Monterona added.
The distress OFWs have been deployed early this year by batches during the first quarter of this year, while others have already been working for about a year.
They are working for Nuzha Project Group, a Riyadh-based contracting company.

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“They were deployed by 3 different recruitment agencies in the Philippines such as Wavex agency, Real World agency, and World Production International Manpower Corporation, as mentioned on their signed letter, a copy of which was given to KGS-Migrante,” said Garlan.
On their signed handwritten letter address to President Aquino, the distress OFWs said that they are not paid of their salaries, working more than 8 hours and yet their employer is not paying overtime pay, no health card or medical insurance, poor and unsanitary accommodations, among other complaints. 
The distress workers also allege that their respective recruitment agency in the Philippines have issued fake documents such as employment contract and expired work visa, that put their status at risks upon arrival to the job site.
“They told us that they have been forced to sign a new employment contract which terms and conditions are different from the original employment contract they have signed in the Philippines facilitated by their recruitment agencies,” Garlan added.
KGS-Migrante will be officially endorsing their case to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh and will be having a case dialogue on July 30.
Monterona, on his part, said the distress OFWs are clear victims of labor malpractices, not only by their employer but also by their recruiters in the Philippines that deployed them. “It’s like a double whammy!” he exclaimed.
Monterona added these are the same cases of labor malpractices, abuses, maltreatment, lack of on-site services and welfare programs, recipient of numerous unnecessary government fees and charges, among many other OFWs concerns, we would like to convey to Pres. Aquino so that he may do something about it.
“On his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) Migrante chapters in the Middle East challenge Pres. Aquino III to re-iterates his previous marching orders and directives during his inauguration, but this time he should make it clear, bold and specific what actions to take such as providing more on-site services and protection for OFWs abroad, lowering or scrapping of unnecessary fees and charges imposed to OFWs by the government, among many others,” Monterona ended.
?John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator?

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  1. i am ofw here in riyadh saudi arabia.. since i’ve been there on july 2003 in my first employeer i dont have any problem. i was finish my contract for 2 yrs. but because my employeer are good to me they ask me 1 yr. extention and i finish it for 3 yrs. then year 2006 june 13, i’ll be home in philippines..
    year 2008 augost 21 i was having a flight for my new job in ksa. i was asign in buraidah qassim. after 2 months i was claiming my salary from my employeer abdulkarem al zuaed but its not complete according to the contract my salary is $400 u.s. dollars its about 1,500. riyal but he only give 700 riyal which is only 186.6 in u.s. dollar. i talk to him that i need my complete salary but he doesnt give .. i really need it because i support my family my kidz my mother and my sister.. when the time my husband in philippines was sick i want to need some money for medication but he doesnt give at all.. until 1 day i got a fone call that my husband was pass away. its very hard time for me , i was deepress and i worried to my 2 daughter that no body can take care. i ask my permition to go back to philippine but he was not given me any support.. i ask him that i want to go home.. even my salary he not give at all .. then i told him if you dont give me my money i will decide to find another job with good salary.. and her wife said “yalla ruh” means ok go. ok but first i will ask my passport and any document that i will need. but they dont give me my money my passport my eqamma and also they dont give me my release paper . then i have contact my friend to ask there help. they take me and help me to find another job. but now i ask my release paper he doesnt give it to me.. kindly please.. help me to ask my documents my release paper and passport please.. thank you.. i want to help my family to support him.

  2. This is one of the thousands of cases with the same issue,that will be lost again in the process of TRYING to help abused OCW's. I have a suggestion. Why not have the Agency in the Philippines have a contract with their recruiteess too. Recruiters should be responsible for them until the end of the first contract Someone needs to be held responsible for Recruitees having to SIGN another contract at their point of employment. If everyone will be able to submit complain, 20 is nothing compared to real number of this kind of malpractice and abuse. I wish the best of lucj to KGS-Migrante in assisting OCW's.

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