Group assails PH embassy officials indifference to sick OFW

A FILIPINO migrant group in the United Arab Emirates on Monday assailed the indifference of Philippine Embassy officials who have delayed providing assistance to sick OFW.

The OFW later died due to lingering illness at a hospital in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

Citing local reports, Migrante-UAE Secretary-General Nhel Morona said OFW Alma Cadauan died last January 25 due to acute anemia that reduces her immune system.

“She was confined at Al Ain hospital for more than three months after she succumbed unto her death,” Morona added.

“Friends and concerned fellow OFWs brought her case to the attention of the PHL embassy in Abu Dhabi and requested that she be given assistance as she wished to be home when she could still managed to travel back home in the Philippines; but such request had fallen on deaf ears of our Embassy officials,” Morona averred.

It was reported that her remains has been repatriated.

“It was the POLO-Dubai that facilitated the repatriation of her remains though it should be under the responsibility of the Philippine Embassy-Assistance to the Nationals section; we deplore such indifference by our embassy officials who are in fact duty bound to provide assistance to distress OFWs especially if it is the repatriation of remains,” Morona added.

“We are demanding from the Philippine Ambassador in UAE to investigate this ‘indifference’ and disservice by their staff who was identified as Charlie Dizon. If he could not do well providing assistance to distress OFWs, then there is no reason for him to stay at the Philippine Embassy. He must be sacked from his post,” said Morona.

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