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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, July 18, 2016
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POEA offering assistance
to OFWs from Middle East

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration-Bacolod Office is calling out to Overseas Filipino Workers who returned from Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to undergo the reconciliation process service if they still have claims from the oil firms they were previously employed in.

Glenda Aligonza, POEA Bacolod Office coordinator, said thousands of Negrense have returned to the country after the oil industry in the Middle East plummeted late 2015 to early this year.

“This left thousands of OFWs affected with most coming home with salaries or benefits yet to be claimed from their previous employers,” Aligonza said.

She said POEA will help these OFWs by summoning the employment agencies that deployed the OFWs in order to settle the claims with the oil firms.

Last week, ACTS-OFW representative John Bertiz II filed House Resolution No. 13 that urges the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Labor and Employment to create a joint team to address the plight of overseas workers affected by the mass lay-off in Middle Eastern countries.

Bertiz, a former OFW himself, said thousands of OFWs were affected by the financial dive of major Saudi trading and construction companies.

ACTS-OFW said it received reports of thousands of OFWs distressed by the economic recession in the Middle East and other parts of the world caused by terrorism, armed hostilities and steep drop of the global oil prices.*KBC


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