Due to unpaid wages to Filipinos in Saudi Arabia amounting to P4.6 billion, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is searching for a ban on the deployment of staff to the dominion.
“I despatched a memorandum to the President (Rodrigo Duterte) requesting his permission to contemplate a deployment ban to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia if they can’t pay the cash that our OFWs have labored for therefore a few years. In order that’s the plan, we’ll research it,” he mentioned partly in Filipino in the course of the Laging Handa briefing.
In 2016, Bello mentioned 11,000 OFWs in Saudi Arabia haven’t obtained their salaries, prompting Duterte to authorize “me to convey all of them residence.”
“We repatriated our compatriots involving about PHP3 billion to have the ability to convey all of them again residence. However earlier than doing that, we licensed a lawyer offered by the help to nationwide by the DFA (Division of International Affairs) to pursue the claims of our OFWs,” he added.
Bello believed that the host nation ought to prioritize the plight of the Filipino staff since there’s already a ruling for the OFWs to be compensated.
“That was 2016, it’s now 2021 – there’s already a choice, to pay our abroad staff however they’re nonetheless not being paid. There’s the cash, the declare of our abroad staff quantities to PHP4.6 billion that is because of our greater than 9,000 abroad staff. So, I mentioned in the event that they don’t pay that, there isn’t a use sending our abroad staff there,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he directed Abroad Staff Welfare Administration (OWWA) chief Hans Leo Cacdac and Philippine Abroad Employment Administration (POEA) head Bernard Olalia to check the opportunity of a deployment ban.
“Possibly it’s excessive time, we have now to indicate the folks of Saudi that our folks deserve justice as a result of they’ve been toiling for years simply to get these claims of theirs,” he mentioned.