2nd batch of repatriated OFW from Saudi returns to PH

admin   •   May 5, 2017   •   3135

MANILA – Forty-one overseas Filipino workers (OFW’s) from Saudi Arabia flew back to the Philippines last night.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo welcomed the second batch of repatriated OFW’s.

They are just some of undocumented OFW’s who have been granted exit visas under the amnesty program of Saudi Arabia.

Some of the OFW’s who arrived are mothers with their children.

Sec. Taguiwalo said the DSWD will be giving P5, 000 financial assistance to OFW’s with children.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will also be providing temporary shelter and travel assistance to the families who live far.

“Ang mga dumating ho ay galing sa Saudi na ang karamihan ay mothers with children, kapag parents with children kapag ganyan po tulungan po kami ng OWWA, Department of Labor at DSWD, Sec. Taguiwalo said. (Most of those who arrived from Saudi are mothers with children, or parents. If an OFW is a parent with children, we will work with OWWA and the Department of Labor and the DSWD.)

READ: Saudi Arabian gov’t to grant amnesty to undocumented workers

“Nagpapasalamat po ako kasi nakauwi ako kasi unang una gusto ko maksama anak ko pamilya ko mga magulang ko,” repatriated OFW Madonna Villegas said. (I am thankful for being able to return home. First, I want to be with my children, my family, my parents.)

“Kung hindi dahil sa amnesty hindi ako makakuwi nagkaroon ako ng anak kapit patalim ako doon sa Saudi eh kaya po ako nagasawa doon para may katuwang ako sa Saudi,” repatriated OFW May de Vera said.

(If it were not for amnesty, I could not have come back home. My life was hard in Saudi so I married a man there so someone could help me in Saudi.)

DSWD Sec. Taguiwalo said the Philippine government targets to assist about 7,000 OFW’s to return to the Philippines.

More Filipinos are expected to come home in the next days as the amnesty program will be only until end of June. – Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

Manila DSWD: Over 200 rescued children still haven’t fetched by parents

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2019

Minors rounded up by authorities for violating curfew ordinance

Over 200 rescued children are still waiting to be fetched by their parents according to the Manila Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

These children are among the 365 minors rescued from the streets in the past 30 days. Only 129 have been fetched by their parents.

The Manila DSWD said the rest of the rescued children are temporarily staying at the Manila Boystown in Marikina City.

DSWD Director Maria Fugoso said not all of the rescued children are from Manila.

She said they are already coordinating with several local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila.

Fugoso reminds parents not to let their children wander off in the streets.

“Sana iyong mga magulang maalagaan iyong mga anak nila kasi hindi naman sila forever nasa Boystown (I hope the parents can care for their children because they cannot stay in Boystown forever),” she said.

Mayor Moreno plans to talk with the parents of the children rescued from the streets.

“There’s a law that punishes the parents under the concept of neglect of minors. Now we’re looking into it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

More than 300 distressed OFW take shelter in PH Embassy in Dubai

Marje Pelayo   •   June 27, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Philippine Embassy in Dubai is currently taking custody of more than 300 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Almost all of them are holders of either visit or tourist visa who took a chance of looking for a job in Dubai.

Some of them are victims of illegal recruiters. Some had a job but their contracts have expired so there are overstays. Some quit their jobs because of health reasons and had no choice but to run to the Embassy for support.

“Naging polisiya naman ng ating konsulado na kung may kababaihan na nangangailangan ng tulong at pagkalinga or shelter, (It has been the policy of our Consulate to assist our kababayans especially the women if they need help or shelter,) then our office or POLO center is open to assist them anytime,” noted Labor Attaché II Felicitas Bay.

“Ang ating operations dito (ay) 24 hours, (We operate 24 hours a day,)” she added.

Wards at POLO Center can only accommodate up to 120 individuals but because of the influx of distressed OFWs, hallways and some of the staff offices have been turned into bedrooms.

“In the meantime, na nandito sila gumagawa naman kami ng paraan to solve their cases, (In the meantime while they’re here, we find ways to solve their cases,)” the POLO Official said.

“At the same time, gumagawa din tayo ng paraan na (maging) maganda ang kanilang kalusugan, maganda ang kanilang pananaw sa buhay, at maganda rin ang kanilang kaalaman, (We are finding ways to care for their health, to change their perspective in life and equip them with the knowledge they need,)” she added.

On June 23, 23 distressed OFWs were repatriated to the Philippines with the help of the Embassy.

While the OFWs are in the POLO Center, the Labor office is providing them training on how to put up their businesses once they return to the Philippines. – with reports from Annabelle Maravilla / UNTV Dubai

Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport attacked by Yemen’s Houthi group

Robie de Guzman   •   June 14, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

The Saudi-led military coalition vowed to respond firmly to a missile attack by Yemeni Houthi forces on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday (June 12) that wounded 26 people.

The coalition said a projectile hit the arrivals hall at Abha airport, causing material damage.

Three women and two children were among the wounded, who were of Saudi, Yemeni and Indian nationalities, it said in a statement on Thursday (June 13).

Meanwhile, planes from the Saudi-led military coalition fighting in Yemen bombed areas around the capital Sanaa on Thursday, residents and the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV said.

The Western-backed, Sunni Muslim coalition has been battling the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen since 2015 when it intervened to try to restore the internationally recognized government that was ousted from the capital Sanaa by the Houthis in late 2014. (REUTERS)

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