THE genuine concern for the thousands of repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) shown by the national government is, without doubt, most encouraging and commendable.
As former migrant workers, these Filipinos, through their dollar remittances, played a stellar role in speeding up the socio-economic development of this Southeast Asian nation.
The Department of Labor and Employment under Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has assured the OFWs from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) of continued government assistance.
Bello told some OFWs, who used to work at Mohammad Al-Mojil Group in the KSA, that they will continue to receive assistance while awaiting final court action on their unpaid wages.
In fact, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is following up the repatriated OFWs’ money claims from their financially-distressed companies in Saudi Arabia, said Bello.
“Mahal na mahal kayo ng ating Pangulo…Ang OWWA ay palaging nakaantabay para tumulong sa inyo. Huwag kayong mag-alaala dahil hindi namin kayo pababayaan,” he declared.
OWWA Deputy Administrator Brigido Dulay and lawyer Ceasar Chavez, also of OWWA, have been coordinating with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Al Khobar to hasten processing of their money claims.
Chavez, of the OWWA Repatriation Assistance Division, told the repatriated OFWs that “mayroon nang partial decision (ng Saudi court) which our OFWs will receive in due time.”
Of course, we have high hopes that President Duterte and other concerned government officials continue to help repatriated OFWs through livelihood assistance and skills training.
Siguradong magagalit ang mga “makabagong bayani” na ito kung hindi natin sila tutulungan ngayon.