20 OFWs ejected from homes in Saudi get help

MANILA — Some 20 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia are receiving assistance from the government after they were kicked out from their company-provided accommodations for refusing to work because of unpaid salaries and food allowance.

The Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah said the 20 are now being taken care of at the Bahay Kalinga by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, which is now making arrangements for their repatriation, in coordination with their Philippine recruitment agency.

Consul General Edgar Badajos said Labor Attaché Nasser Munder and Welfare Officer Yolanda Peñaranda immediately took custody of the 20 Filipinos who refused to report for work because they have not been paid their salaries and food allowance for the past two months.

The workers were recruited by a Saudi recruitment agency, which later transferred them, upon their request, to their present company that assigned them to work as cleaners in Jeddah hospitals and residential homes.

The company, however, failed to pay their salaries and food allowances. DFA PR/PNA – northboundasia.com