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The Philippines will reduce OFW deployment to Saudi


To settle unpaid claims filed by OFW, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will be reducing its deployments of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to Saudi Arabia.

There are unsettled 9,000 unpaid claims filed by OFWs worth P4.6 billion in total. The labor secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said that the plan will start the next year 2020 after Riyadh's failure to act the filed claims of 300 employees from the state-run oil firm.

The purpose of scaling down is to call the attention of the Saudi government for ignoring OFW concerns and other monetary matter including their salaries since April 2019.

DOLE said this was not the first time that happens. Base on a record, there was an instance last 2016 which  Secretary Bello flew in Saudi to repatriate 13,000 more or less worker over wages disputes and some 9,000 still have yet to be paid by construction firm Saudi Oger who had not been paid for two years.

Processing of Overseas Employment Certificate will be frozen to those newly-deployed to Saudi Arabia while returning OFWs will be issued an employment certificate on a case-to-case basis.

The  Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has yet to determine the time frame of freezing and halting worker's deployment.

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