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2 Filipino workers killed in Saudi fire

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

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Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were killed in a blaze that struck their  construction site in Saudi Arabia early Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement released Monday.

The victims were identified as Jessie Alata Pacetes and Reynaldo Barroga Castro, both heavy equipment drivers and operators employed by a major Saudi construction company that was working on a road project in Najran.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said the two victims died in their sleeping quarters at their jobsite located some 60 kilometers from Najran.

The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed its sympathies to the families of the victims.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of our two kababayan who lost their lives in the tragedy,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said after he was informed of the incident.

He added that the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has sent a team in Najran to work out arrangements with the employer for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victims and secure whatever benefits that are due them.

Although the fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring, the Philippine Consulate is seeking confirmation from local authorities on the real cause of the fire. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Repatriation underway for 1,470 displaced OFWs in Al Khobar

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018


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More than 1,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia have been displaced after they were locked out by their employer, Azmeel Contracting Corporation.

Labor Secretary Bello III, Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and several officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Health(DOH) already flew to Al Khobar to help in the repatriation of the affected OFWs.

“Makikipag-usap ako sa minister of labor ng Saudi Arabia para sa pagpapauwi ng ating mga OFW at hilingin ang tulong ng pamahalaan ng Saudi para sa paghahanap ng trabaho sa ibang lugar, gayundin ang tulong-legal para sa mga monetary claims ng mga manggagawa mula sa kanilang employer,” said Bello.

Based on the report received by OWWA, Azmeel Contracting Corporation excluded its employees from their place of work after the Saudi government froze its assets.

Before the lockout incident, the employer failed to pay the workers’ four months wages, which led the workers to protest.

The government has sent an initial US$50,000 financial aid to the affected OFWs. — Yssa Jalmasco

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109 undocumented OFWs return home from Dubai

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Undocumented OFWs who availed the amnesty program of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday brought home 109 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Dubai.

The agency has now repatriated a total of 838 OFWs since the amnesty program began in August.

The Office of Migrant Workers Affairs shouldered airline tickets, exit fines and other penalties of the returning OFWs.

Each of the repatriates were given financial assistance of P5,000 as part of the government’s “all-out support” for the returning OFWs.

“Your presence here today demonstrates the kind of care and compassion President Duterte has for our overseas workers,” Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said

She also reminded all Filipinos who are seeking employment overseas to make sure that they go through the proper application process and follow the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Undocumented Filipinos who wish to return to the Philippines under this program will be assisted by the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes encouraged qualified Filipinos to take advantage of the UAE’s amnesty program before the 31 October 2018 deadline, to give the Embassy and the Consulate General ample time to process the necessary documents.

(Source: DFA)

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Fire engulfs the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Fire engulfing the 200-year old national museum in Rio De Janeiro | Reuters

A fire hit the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday (September 2) afternoon.

Videos uploaded to social media showed the blaze consuming the building.

Local media reported that firefighters are at the place trying to control the blaze and the causes of the fire are yet to be determined. — Reuters

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