Some stranded OFWs in Jeddah turn to trash for food
workers including Filipinos who were retrenched from their work in Jeddah,
Saudi Arabia, have resorted to picking discarded food items from a grocery
store for their next meal.
Filipinos, who refused to return to the Philippines until they received their
unpaid salaries and end-of-service benefits from their former employers, said
they've been doing this for months now.
with other retrenched foreign workers, the Filipinos would pick vegetables,
chicken parts and fish that have been discarded or have fallen during
deliveries to the grocery store. Some food items were given to them by the
Filipinos are appealing to President Rodrigo Duterte to have a dialogue with
the King of Saudi Arabia to discuss their plight.
Secretary Silvestre Bello III was set to fly to Saudi Arabia on Thursday night
to personally assess the situation of the stranded OFWs there.
to pro-OFW group Migrante International, some 11,000 OFWs have been retrenched
and are currently stranded in Saudi Arabia.
Arabia-based companies, particularly those involved in construction, have been
downsizing since last year due to a slump in oil prices.