Filipinos are known to be happy people. Whatever the situation is, we always try to stay positive and hope to see the silver lining. This is why a lot of foreigners regard Filipinos as one of the happiest and most optimistic people in the world.
This is the same attitude that a group of Overseas Filipino Workers is showcasing, even if they are in the middle of a huge crisis in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
Hoping for Better Days
OFW Richard Viejo shared a video of him, along with other OFWs, enjoying a meal outside. You might think that it is an ordinary get together among friends after work but their situation is different. Apparently, the OFWs were evicted from their apartment in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia beside their labor office since their company is no longer paying the rent.
Not only that, some of these Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia also lost their IQAMA IDs while others already have expired ones. All of them also finished their contract with their company, Rakan Trading and Contracting Company. They did not even receive their salary for eleven months. According to the company, they don’t have money to pay for their salary and their living expenses.
Ayan, ganito na kami ngayon. Kawawa kami ngayon. Dito na kami sa kalsada nakatira. Pinalayas na kami ng mga amo namin.
The group was forced to find shelter on the street and feed on Kubos and ketchup. Even if their situation was inhumane and devastating, they still tried their best to laugh, have fun, and remain positive.
Watch the video here:
The only wish of these Filipino workers is to get the salary and benefits that they should get so they can go home to their families in the Philippines. The group is hoping that the government and the embassy can do something on their current situation.