Gov’t urged to help OFW electrocuted in Saudi


OFW, Alfredo Salmos

MANILA, Philippines–The activist migrant rights group Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) presses anew the Philippine government to immediately act to provide assistance to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who was electrocuted last year.

In a statement released on April 8, 2012, Migrante-Middle East (M-ME) regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona, citing report from “Kaagapay Mo”, an OFW welfare organization based in Jeddah, “identified the OFW as Alfredo Salmos, more than 50 years old, from Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija.”

According to the report, Salmos was accidentally electrocuted late last year while performing his work. He was brought to a hospital and remained there unconscious for about a month. The accident rendered him unable to work and thus in dire condition, the report added.

Monterona said his group had immediately called the attention of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah to provide assistance to Salmos.

Unfortunately, Monterona added, until now they have not yet received a clear response from the PH consulate and POLO-OWWA officials in Jeddah regarding the assistance for Salmos.

“The PH consulate must locate the employer and sponsor of Salmos and convince it to issue a final exit clearance to him while working to get a police clearance as he was not cleared yet for the car accident he was involved 10 years ago,” Monterona said, adding that this is the first thing the PH consulate in Jeddah should do.

Monterona said Nueva Ecija Governor Aurelio M. Umali’s staff had called him last week and conveyed that the latter’s office will attend to Salmos, and would be willing to extend assistance to the OFW while trying to locate his family in Cuyapo.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • carbon12

    OWWA is only good in collecting money from OFWs…They are somehow useless….

  • Ed D

    Really,… almost everyday, at least a thousand of OFWs flock to POEA to pay their OWWA fee, religously…. do the mathematics, i bet they’re collecting millions of pesos a month for this fee. The questions is – where does the money go? Why is OWWA in Jeddah sleeping on this case? How about our beloved Phil Embassy/Consulate? Nasaan na ang tulong niyo sa ipinagmamalaki ng Pinas government na mga bagong bayani??

  • Patas

    This report is biased only to Monterona’s side. Having known Moneterona and his group, Migrante, i would not give them 100% of my trust.
    Remember the report by Migrante about this Filipino ‘saved from death penalty’ in Saudi? Well, it turned out that the family of his victim STILL haven’t accepted his offered blood money, thus the death penalty is still in effect. Migrante/Monterona added more problem to the convicted OFW by making those irresponsible statements.

  • hazzardous

    This is unfair sa ating mga OFW, kapag sa oras na kailangan natin ang tulong ng government natin nawawala sila, hindi nila naiisip na tayong mga OFW ang syang malaking contribution para makaahon ang pilipinas sa hirap.. ngunit kinokorakot pa ng mga politiko sa atin… ano ba nmn yan na humihingi ng tulong ang ating kababayan na puwiin sya sa family nya para habang nagpapagaling ay makakapiling nya ang mga ito. kailangan mo pang magmakaawa sa gobyerno natin para lang makauwi… HOY GISING…. wag kayong magtulogtulugan dyan.. kumilos kayo dahil ang sinisweldo nyo ay mula sa mga amin…

  • Mark Antonio

    Mga P U T A NG ina niyong taga OWWA, mga wala kayong puso . Anong ginagawa ninyo sa mga payments namin . Ayaw ninyo man lang ba mabawasan maski konti ang mga nakukurakot ninyo sa amng mga OFW .Mga inutil . Kayo rin sana masunog !

  • Patas

    I congratulate Monterona and Migrante International for being sooooo successful in twisting facts and appearing ‘the hero’ always. Yep! you’ve done it again.

  • tvnatinto

    injured in the line of duty di ba dapat employer ang sagot sa lahat ng kailangan nya

  • —- —–

    “employer and sponsor of Salmos and convince it(?) to issue a final exit clearance” – sounds like “free a slave” to me. this poor man needs help and real medical attention.

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks




latest videos