11 October 2010
An alliance of Filipino migrant rights group in Saudi Arabia today strongly deplores the Philippine Embassy officials for not attending to the request for assistance of two distress and run away OFW beauticians.
John Leonard Monterona citing reports from Eric Jocson, Chairperson of the Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan, said on October 2, there are 2 OFWs who have sought assistance from the RP post officials but have complained that they were not properly attended.
The complaining OFWs are Vicenta Muana, 43 years old from Cagayan De Oro and the other one is Zosima Montrey, a companion and fellow beautician.
The two have run away from their employers saying that they were not paid for their salaries for about 14 months already.
“Ako po ay umalis sa aking amo dahil sa hindi maayos magbigay ng sahod na 14 months,” OFW Muana said on her signed complaints sent to KGS-Migrante.
After fleeing from their employer and leaving their work, the 2 distress OFWs went to the Philippine Embassy-run Bahay Kalinga.
They were not accepted for the reason that there is no endorsement from any of the Embassy’s case officers.
“Pero ang masakit po ay nang dumating kami sa Bahay Kalinga hindi kami tinanggap TNT daw kami,” OFW Muana added.
Monterona said even if the 2 distress OFWs have already spoken to Labor Attache Albert Valencia and OWWA welfare officer Nestor Burayag, still they were not accepted in Bahay Kalinga to seek for their temporary refuge.
Monterona said this is a clear case of disservice and this is highly condemnable.
“The RP officials like Labor Attache Valencia and Welfare officer Burayag must be reprimanded or better sent them back in the Phillippines and take a refresher course of being a good public servant,” Monterona averred.
Monterona calls on Labor Secretary Rosalinda Boldoz to investigate this and recall these inutile and inept officials in Riyadh.
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator