TUGUEGARAO CITY – The acting director of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) reminds those who plan to work overseas to take caution first before flying abroad amidst the growing number of reported cases about distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
“Halos araw-araw po, meron tayong napapauwi”, said OWWA Director Luzviminda Tumaliuan during a Department of Labor and Employment Press Conference on November 25 at Tuguegarao City.
Director Tumaliuan also said that their office receives too much requests of repatriation for distressed OFWs to the point that the staffs concerned can’t get home in time because they have to finish and process the requests.
“Sa POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) po ieendorse kasi sila naman po yung sasagip sa mga inendorse sa atin na problema ng kababayan natin”, she added.
The acting director also cited that OFWs working at the countries in the Middle East has the highest related cases of distressed workers.
“Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Oman has the highest cases of repatriation due to distressed situations” Tumaliuan said.
In her opinion, she asked those who are planning to work overseas to take think carefully first especially those who are vulnerable before flying to work abroad.
“May mga nagrereport sa amin na wala pang isang buwan, dun sa employer niya ay nagpapalipat na or nag rerequest na ng repatriation dahil hindi niya kaya yung trabaho niya or kulang sa pagkain” the oic director stated.