38 OFWs unemployed at home in KSA after 2 months of stranding

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Last Monday arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport a group of 38 OFWs from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who lost their jobs about two months ago.

Mocha Uson, a deputy administrator of the OWWA, led the group that received the 38 repatriates on a Kuwait Airways flight from Riyadh to NAIA. It was also anticipated that 22 other jobless Jeddah OFWs would arrive by Tuesday evening.

Repatriates were among the 80 Filipinos who worked in KSA as a visual merchandiser but were fired after refusing to work as cleaners based on their Iqama or certificate of residency.

They said they had been stranded for two months at their accommodation, hungry and broke before they could contact the OWWA case officer in Manila Al Sattar Sultan, who in turn contacted the recruitment agency that deployed them.

Officials of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office-OWWA in Riyadh, headed by Labat Nasser Mustafa, provided support until they were repatriated to the distressed workers.

The staff has not been paid their salaries for two months, one of the OFWs told GMA News Online. They said, however, they’re happy that they’re finally home.

On the other hand, OFW Karla Baraquio said they plan to make payments for their unpaid wages and other claims to the agency that deployed them.

Each of the OFWs would receive OWWA’s P20,000, Mocha Uson informed the repatriates before being sent home to their families.

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