800 OFWs in UAE who are victims of illegal recruiters and abusive employers cry for help to be repatriated

About 800 Filipinos in United Arab Emirates are seeking help from the Philippine government to be able to return to the Philippines after having allegedly been victimized by illegal recruiters, escaped from their abusive employers, or surrendered by their employers.

Some of them claimed that they were deceived by their recruiters and promised them a job in UAE as domestic helpers but when they arrived there, no jobs were waiting for them.

Those overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), more or less 800 of them, are now squeezing in at a shelter in the Philippine Embassy in UAE.  With this number, food, water, medicines, and a comfortable space to sleep in is a big concern.

One Filipina who has already returned to the country is asking for help on behalf of the other OFWs who are still in UAE hoping to be repatriated.

“Hindi na lang para sa akin, concerned na lang po ako roon sa mga naiwan. Iyon nga po ang sabi nilang lahat, kami pong mga nakauwi ang makatutulong sa kanila,” she said in an interview by GMA News.

In a separate and updated news of GMA 24 Oras, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Dubai released an updated report that there are about 300 OFWs left in their welfare office. Many OFWs were already repatriated safely and more OFWs will be going home in the next few weeks.

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office added that they are working on the papers of those who are still in their welfare office and they assured their families in the Philippines that they will be back soon.

To all Filipinos who are interested to work abroad, it is very important to only transact with legal recruiters.  You can visit the POEA office nearest you to check for the accredited and legal recruitment agencies where you can apply for a work abroad. – LMI

Source: GMA News

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