20 OFWs in Saudi Arabia ejected from accommodation

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2018 04:30 AM

MANILA - Some 20 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia were removed from their company-provided accommodation after refusing to work because of unpaid salaries and food allowance, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

The DFA, in a statement, said the OFWs are now being taken care of at the Bahay Kalinga by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office, which is making arrangements for their repatriation in coordination with their Philippine recruitment agency.

Philippine Consul General to Jeddah Edgar Badajos said Labor Attaché Nasser Munder and Welfare Officer Yolanda Peñaranda immediately took custody of the OFWs who refused to report for work because they have not been paid their salaries and food allowance for the past two months. 

The OFWs were recruited by a major Saudi recruitment agency, which later transferred them, upon their request, to their present company that assigned them to work as cleaners in Jeddah hospitals and residential homes.