On National Migrants Day, overseas Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia who were recently repatriated trooped to Mendiola to call on the Aquino administration to fast track the repatriation of stranded Filipinos in Saudi before the crackdown resumes on July 3.
Instead of helping the stranded OFWs, Ambassador Ezzedin Tago allegedly ordered that they be denied electricity and water and food and medicine donations be embargoed.
“How can the Aquino administration have the gall to assert that the Philippines is a ‘tiger economy’ when we continue to drive workers out of the country because of joblessness, low wages, lack of basic social services and unending price hikes?” – Migrante
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
“When we were still (in Saudi) the government did not help us. Now that we are home, they still could not extend any assistance to us.” – Lubaira Guiandal, 43, one of the OFWs who lived under the Khandara Bridge while awaiting repatriation.
A Saudi-based Filipino migrant group said that there are still 191 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded in Jeddah alone, including 103 OFWs who originally camped out under a bridge in Jeddah since December 2007. The Philippine Consulate in Jeddah earlier reported that a total of 922 OFWs who were stranded in Saudi Arabia with no…
At least 84 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are still reportedly stranded in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. They are among the 100 OFWs who were forced to live under a bridge in Al-khandawa district after fleeing from their abusive employers. By ACE ALEGRE Posted by Bulatlat MIGRANT WATCH Vol. VIII, No. 2, February 10-16, 2008 At least…