“This is already a crisis. How does this government define a crisis? Do OFWs need to die of hunger first?”
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2013 was no different for OFWs as they continue to face government neglect. But the year also showed what OFWs could accomplish through their concerted action.
“The Aquino government had been too busy defending its Disbursement Acceleration Program and trillions of its presidential pork while allocating a paltry P50 million ($1.15 million) repatriation fund in the 2014 budget and a P2 billion ($46 million) reintegration fund for those who will be repatriated home.” – Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan
Since 2010, thousands upon thousands of OFWs in distress have been deported or forcibly repatriated back to the country due to civil unrest, calamities, economic instability, and other similar factors in migrant-receiving countries.” Garry Martinez, Migrante International
“Philippine officials reported and asked the Saudi police to disperse the 40 stranded OFWs who were protesting inside the POLO compound.” – Migrante
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis The Aquino government was beaming with pride when it announced that the country had a high – by Philippine standards – year-on-year GDP growth rate of 7.8 percent during the first quarter of 2013. Construction registered the highest growth with 32.5 percent, followed by financial intermediation with 13.9 percent, manufacturing at…
With the rate the Philippine government is going about the repatriation of stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia, only a handful would be able to leave before the July 3 deadline set by the Saudi government.
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.
“We fear that if the Philippine government fails to act quickly in assisting and repatriating our OFWs, they will be subjected to harsher and more stringent crackdowns and human rights violations by Saudi authorities.” – Migrante