Hopeful overseas Filipino workers bound to Hong Kong are asking the government for help as the repeated travel bans and flight cancellations have left them stranded here in Metro Manila, putting their work abroad at risk as well.
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“They were not even given bed foams. They only use carton boxes to protect them from either the cold or hot flooring of the empty swimming pool.”
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.
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
“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
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com MANILA — Imagine if your husband, father, brother or son were ill, was forced to live in very cramped quarters and unable to return home from a distance of almost 5,000 miles as the crow flies. Imagine this and you will be able to understand the grief and desperation…
By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
“It is not for the DFA to raise an alert level and declare that there is a directive for ‘voluntary repatriation.’ What should our OFWs do? Who should they call? Where should they go?” – Migrante International
BY BULATLAT Seven out of the 40 stranded workers in Kuwait remain at the Central Jail in Kuwait, according to the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM). In a statement sent through email, Ramon Bultron, managing director of the APMM, blamed the Philippine Embassy for not providing the travel documents of the stranded Filipino workers.…