Category: OFWs & Migration

Saudi-based OFWs stranded for 5 years seek legal assistance

For the past five years, all that 10 Filipino migrant workers stranded in Saudi Arabia can see are the ceilings and walls of their former employer’s housing facility. On most days, their spirits are dampened. Still, they hope to be reunited with their families someday.

State of abandonment, state of terror

Looking at history, one can say that state abandonment is very much the official disposition on which the labor export system is hinged. The Philippine government is fundamentally inclined to function simply as what sociologist Robyn Rodriguez calls a “labor brokerage state,” an institutional apparatus that facilitates Filipinos’ outward labor traffic.