More than 50 Filipino workers under the care of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has been repatriated after the state visit of Philippine President Rodrigo Duerte, a month back.
Philippine Labour and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bell III, who was a part of the delegation, visited 86 distressed OFWs temporary shelter and requested the POLO for their repatriation.
“Secretary Bello asked if they can be repatriated by the end of June and as of now more than 50 have already been repatriated. Those remaining have police or court-related cases,” explained said Labour Attaché David Des Dicang during Monday night’s episode of AFJQ Teleradyo, an online public service programme of United Filipino Organisations in Qatar (UFOQ) and the Alliance of Filipino Journalists in Qatar (AFJQ).
The remaining will be sent back soon as efforts are on with cooperation from concerned agencies like ATN (Assistance to Nationals).
“We’ll do everything to achieve that request to have them repatriated. We are continuously helping them through the ATN,” he said.
Around 100 OFWs are currently staying at the old POLO-OWWA headquarters which is now called as the Migrant Workers and Other Filipino Resources Center (MWOFRC). It also offers various trainings which can be useful when they return to the Philippines.
The venue can now conduct more workshops and offer training on entrepreneurship and financial literacy among others.
“Having relocated to a new office has resulted to a more efficient delivery of services to the growing population of Filipinos in Qatar because we have a bigger space and new setup which includes the presence of counters and queuing system,” Dicang explained.
There has been an increase in the number of people seeking services and assistance since the official opening of the new POLO-OWWA office.
“Also, the new office is just a stone’s throw away from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs where we can directly endorse the concerns of our compatriots,” he added.