It is not new for us to hear Overseas Filipino Workers complaining about the services of the Philippine Embassy in other countries. Some of them are complaining that their problems are not being settled while there are others who are accusing the Philippine Embassy of not helping at all.
Which is true and which is not? It can be hard to determine which party is telling the truth, especially if you don’t experience it first hand. However, the latest news relayed by known broadcaster Raffy Tulfo through the morning news Aksyon sa TV5 maybe a proof that the government should do something with the services relayed to our modern day heroes.
Wrongdoings of the People in the Philippine Embassy
In a video shared by OFW Carla Chris B. Davis, who is trying to renew her passport last January 2 in the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, she showed that there is only one employee serving almost hundreds of people who came from far places.
After seeing the said video, the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines Riyadh answered the allegations of the OFW. According to them, Malacanang declared January 2 as a non-working holiday, thus, canceling the work of the people working in the embassy.
The Embassy strongly denies these baseless allegations as its personnel have always been committed to serve its clients with professionalism, dedication, and hard work.
It may be recalled that on 14 December 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte declared under Memorandum Circular 37, dated 13 December 2017, the suspension of government work for 26 December 2017 and Jan 2 2018. In compliance with the president’s instruction, the Embassy had to cancel work on said dates.
As a result of cancelation, the passport clients of the Embassy who have previously secured passport appointments on January 2 were notified that they shall be accommodated on 3 and 4 January 2018.
The Real Question
The real question of the OFWs is: why they were asked to go to the Embassy? If it was declared a holiday, the Embassy should have informed them beforehand to save time and effort.
Government employees working in Riyadh are celebrating two holidays: the holidays in Saudi Arabia and the holidays in the Philippines. Since Friday is considered a holiday in Saudi Arabia, they don’t need to work anymore as well.You may watch the video here:
What do you think is the better process for this? Should they honor the holidays in Saudi Arabia or the holidays in the Philippines?