Duterte tasks adviser to ensure immediate return of stranded OFWs in Saudi
President Rodrigo Duterte has tasked Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Abdullah Mamao to assist stranded workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia affected by retrenchments amid the oil crisis plaguing construction companies.
On Tuesday, presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said the situation of OFWs in Saudi were among the issues discussed during the Cabinet meeting on Monday.
“Napag-usapan pala yung problema ng mga overseas [workers]. Sabi ni Presidente na yung human side kailangan na pabalikin yung gusto pabalikin,” Panelo said.
“‘Yung stranded [kailangan] tulungan agad immediately. Pinalilipad na nga yung dalawang in-appoint na designated special envoy, lumipad na kayo bukas...Si Mamao saka isa pa,” he added.
Mamao had just taken his oath of office, along with other appointed officials, before Duterte on Monday afternoon.
Panelo said Duterte proposed that the government use a chartered plane to ensure the safe return of OFWs.
“[Sa] Saudi doon yata nagka-problema, di ba? Dahil wala na mabayad sa mga employer, yung employer cannot pay also the employee kung maghihintay dun,” Panelo said.
“Kawawa naman...ano kakainin ng mga ‘yun kaya, sabi niya puntahan niya na kung sino gusto sumama mag-charter na tayo ng eroplano dalhin na natin dito,” he added.