PH consul in Saudi denies staff slow in helping OFWs in trouble
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Philippine Consul General Iric Arribas said reports that Embassy officials have been slow in helping stranded overseas Filipino workers or those who have run away from their abusive employers were inaccurate.
Arribas said the Philippine Embassy here and the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah have been providing these OFWs with all the help they needed, including repatriation.
Reports from groups that have been monitoring the plight of OFWs said that some 700 OFWs have been languishing in Saudi jails due to various charges because of the lack of assistance from Philippine officials.
But Arribas denied that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) has been trying to downplay the situation of OFWs under its care by not informing President Duterte about the real situation.
“There’s no such thing,” he said, adding that all forms of available assistance have been extended to OFWs in trouble.
“Last year, we repatriated around 3,000 OFWs,” he said. SFM/rga
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