MANILA- "Act on OFW issues, or face recall." This was the warning issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III when he ordered the labor attaches in the Middle East and Taiwan to report back to the Manila office on critical concerns of overseas Filipino workers in their areas of assignment.
"I instructed them to report here not later than March 15 because I want them to answer me personally on what they are doing on the critical issues of OFWs in the Middle East," said Bello.
The Labor Attaches who were instructed to report to the home office consultation were Ophelia N. Almenario of POLO-Abu Dhabi; David Des Dicang of POLO-Qatar; Rodolfo Gabasan of POLO-Israel; Nasser Mustafa of POLO Oman; and Nasser Munder of POLO-Taichung.
"Kakausapin ko sila at sasabihin ko na aksyunan ang mga isyu ng OFW sa kanilang lugar, lalo na iyong mga distressed at displaced. Kung hindi pa sila susunod at maka-receive ako ng reklamo, ipapa-recall ko sila," said Bello.
Bello issued the instruction after receiving reports that some labor attaches are not mindful of the issues and situation of distressed OFWs in their posts.
Bello added that one of the issues reported to him was the violation of the bilateral agreement between the Philippines and receiving countries in the Middle East, particularly on the $400 minimum wage of household service workers, by some employers.
"Dapat kapag may nalaman silang violation, i-black list na kaagad ang employer. Ang trabaho nila sa POLO ay bigyan ng tama at sapat proteksyon ang ating mga OFW," said Bello.
Source: Philippines information agency