Monday, March 14, 2016

Gov't urged to help distressed OFWs in Saudi

Distressed overseas workers who have returned home from Saudi Arabia appealed to the government to help their fellow OFWs who were left behind.
In a report by GMA News' Marisol Abdurahman on 24 Oras Weekend, they described their experience as a nightmare.
"Yung mga kasama namin doon hindi na makakain, ang ginagawa ng iba...magbebenta na lang ng chicharon, manok, ganun," said Johnny Lozarita.
Another said that they have resorted to sleeping on cardboards in a make-shift camp.
"Sa karton na lang kami natutulog, sama-sama po kami. Wala rin pong lutuan. Ang style kasi sa Saudi maglatag ka ng plastic sama-sama na kayo kakain," Nathan Manlapaz said.
They added that they were lucky to have left Saudi Arabia, where many companies are downsizing due to the oil crisis.
Elvira Abrio, wife of an OFW, said that she is now the one sending money over to her husband, who has not been paid his salary for three months.
Abrio said that her husband did not even have enough money to buy food for himself.
According to the group ACTS OFW, 180 OFWs lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia.
This is due to the losses that companies incurred due to the decline of oil prices in the world market. — APG, GMA News

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