Group slams PHL officials in Saudi Arabia for not attending a sick 72-year old OFW

A MIGRANT’S rights group in the Middle East today slammed Philippine labor and welfare officials as it accuses the later for delaying the repatriation and for not providing assistance to a sick 72-year old overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona, citing reports from Migrante officers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, identified the 72-year old OFW as Mr. Mateo Amaro, from Caloocan City.

“OFW Amaro is suffering from diabetes and tuberculosis, and no doubt his health is deteriorating as shown on his latest photo sent to us by our colleagues in Jeddah,” Monterona said.

Monterona added that OFW Amaro is in Saudi Arabia for twenty (20) long years already. “His being undocumented deprived him to be home, just like the thousands of undocumented OFWs, and reunite with his family.”

Monterona said the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Jeddah had already provided an air ticket for OFW Amaro.

“Though the PCG-Jeddah already paid and secured an air ticket for OFW Amaro, still he could not be repatriated pending the issuance of exit clearance from his sponsor-employer,” Monterona averred.

He added that Migrante officers in Jeddah keep on following his repatriation to PH labor attaché Vicente Cabe and a certain Qassim, OWWA welfare officer in Jeddah, but both simply ignore and don’t care.

“If only our Migrante officers in Jeddah are in a position and authority to talk and negotiate with OFW Amaro’s employer for the issuance of his exit clearance, then they’re more than willing to do so,” Monterona averred.

Monterona noted that just recently Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) secretary Rosalinda Baldoz issued a tall order to his new breed of labor officials abroad to be ready to serve OFWs 24/7.

“We call on DoLE Sec. Baldoz and OWWA Admin Dimzon to recall and replace DoLE Labor Attache Vicente Cabe and OWWA Welfare Officer Qassim, as both were negligent on their respective duties and have been a subject of numerous complaints from distress OFWs,” Monterona said.

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