MANILA, Philippines — The federal government will talk about with a number of stakeholders in Saudi Arabia, together with authorities officers, the unpaid wages claims of over 12,000 abroad Filipino staff (OFW) within the nation, Migrant Staff Secretary Susan Ople stated.
Ople in an internet briefing on Friday stated that she shall be leaving the nation for Saudi Arabia on Sunday, first visiting Riyadh after which Al Khobar.
She stated Division of Migrant Staff (DMW) Undersecretaries Bernard Olalia and Undersecretary Patricia Yvonne Caunan have already arrived within the Center East nation.
“The agenda, our conferences in Saudi Arabia can be quantity considered one of course, crucial ‘yong updates in regards to the claims of round 12,000 OFWs with unpaid wages,” Ople advised reporters.
“The record is comprised of round 12,000 claimants, merong extra quantity however these are staff na couldn’t present their Iqama numbers, however we included them anyway as a separate record in order that the Saudi authorities can confirm. The record shall be composed of 12,000 to fifteen,000 names of potential claimants to be validated by the Saudi authorities,” she added.
It might be remembered that OFWs have been clamoring for the fee of unsettled salaries that occurred when Saudi Arabia was pressured to layoff staff when an oil value crash occurred between 2015 to 2017.
Final November 18, the compensation for the OFWs was raised throughout a gathering between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation summit in Bangkok.
Round P30.5 billion was pledged for the fee of the displaced OFWs claims. Nonetheless, OFWs famous that it was not the primary time that Saudi’s authorities made the pledge.
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However Ople expressed optimism that they’d be capable to obtain the unpaid claims.
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Ople stated that she may also meet with the Saudi Ministry of Human Useful resource and Social Improvement, headed by Minister Al-Rajhi.
“We shall be discussing with my counterpart the steps ahead. So ‘pag na-approve ‘yong record of claimants, or magkaroon ng unified record, what occurs subsequent? So these are the type of official talks with Minister Al-Rajhi of the Saudi Ministry of Human Useful resource and Social Improvement, the formal talks can be on Wednesday,” she stated.
“We shall be assembly additionally with the personal sector there, we are going to in fact be assembly with the brand new head of their human rights fee. Hopefully it will open doorways to extra jobs for our staff, higher safety, particularly for these within the extra weak classes like our kasambahay, a doable dialogue on wages, and determination of the claims of unpaid wages of round 12,000 to hopefully round 14,000 Filipino staff courting again to 2015 to 2016,” she added.
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