Latest Stories

Aquino urged to re-channel his pork barrel to repatriate stranded OFWs


President Benigno Aquino III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—An overseas Filipino workers (OWFs) alliance appealed Thursday to President Benigno Aquino III to re-channel his P1-trillion pork barrel funds to the repatriation costs of over 5,000 stranded OFWs in Middle East.

Migrante International called on Aquino to divert his President’s Social Fund (PSF) for the repatriation and emergency assistance for migrant workers who returned and are returning home.

On Tuesday, alert level 4 in Egypt was declared by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ordering the mandatory evacuation of Filipinos in Egypt at the Philippine government’s expense.

Last July, supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi staged protests demanding for the Islamist leader’s reinstatement. The violent civil strife in the Middle East country has killed 900 civilians to date.

“Most of the time, funds for ticket costs and other fees are the reasons for the slow repatriation process of OFWs in distress. Stranded OFWs in Saudi, for instance, had to pitch in what little money they had to buy tickets for those who were able to return,” said Migrante chairperson Garry Martinez.

Martinez pointed out that the presidential fund, which is projected to rise by another1.2 billion for the 2014 national budget, is “more than enough to cover repatriation costs for stranded OFWs, as well as emergency assistance for returned and returning OFWs.”

He said in a statement that thousands of migrant workers, aside from those in Egypt, remained stranded and called for their immediate repatriated.

“Instead of channeling pork to ghost projects, Aquino’s pork should be allocated to our OFWs who are in dire need of financial assistance,” he added.

Martinez said that Filipino workers from various countries are planning to launch an “international day of action” on August 26 calling for the abolition of the pork barrel system in the Philippines.

On Thursday, the President sent an initial budget worth US$240,000 to the Philippine Embassy in Cairo for the repatriation of Filipinos in the Arab country.


PH gov’t releases $240k for initial repatriation of 6,000 from strife-torn Egypt

Crisis alert level 4 up for OFWs in Egypt

First batch of OFWs repatriated from Egypt to arrive in PH

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Crisis , Egypt , Migrante International , Overseas Filipino workers , Pork Barrel , Priority Development Assistance Fund

Copyright © 2014, .
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


  • Anti-gay demo in Ethiopia cancelled
  • Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
  • Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine
  • Philippine eagle rescued by Army turned over to DENR
  • Gunmen attack Iraq military base, kill 10 soldiers
  • Sports

  • Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  • Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  • Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  • Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  • PH youth boxers off to stumbling start in AIBA World tilt
  • Lifestyle

  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  • Entertainment

  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • American rapper cuts own penis, jumps off building
  • Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA
  • Business

  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • World stocks subdued, Nikkei flat on profit taking
  • Asia stocks fail to match Wall Street gains
  • Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
  • Technology

  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • DOF: Tagaytay, QC best at handling funds
  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • DFA: 2 Filipinos survive Korean ferry disaster
  • PH asks airline passengers to check for MERS
  • Syria most dangerous country for journalists, PH 3rd—watchdog
  • Japan says visa-free entry still a plan
  • Marketplace