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7 families want MidEast OFW relatives repatriated

first_imgJack Arroyo of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)in Region 6 said their office would be working on the concerns of Balbes andHerra. “Ginamaltratosia so gabalik sia sa agency kag pangitaan naman bag-o nga employer,”said Balbes. “Siling ‘ya okay sia didto pero indi gid, para indi langkami guro mag-worry.” Based on OWWA records, there were 25 from WesternVisayas currently working and residing in Iran and five in Iraq. “As much as possible we would like to only coverrequests for repatriation, updates and communication. All other concerns willbe coursed through OWWA and the Department of Foreign Affairs,” said ProvincialAdministrator Suzette Mamon who heads Task Force Bulig Ilonggo together withthe provincial Public Employment Service Office chief Francisco Heler Jr. Her daughter flew to Lebanon on July 2019 and left behind twochildren aged two and 11 years old. The helpdesk was established upon the order of Gov.Arthur Defensor Jr. and is the immediate response of the provincial governmentto the tension in the Middle East following the United States’ assassination ofIran’s top military general who was visiting Iraq on Jan. 3. According to Balbes, it was only on Dec. 16, 2019 when his wifeleft for Qatar to work as a house help and already she had changed employersfour times. “Kabudlaysang iya sitwasyon didto. Gahambal lang na sia nga okay para indi kami magkabalaka,” saidHerrera. Equipped with a telephone and six laptop computerswith Wi-Fi connection, the helpdesk is intended to attend to queries andemergency needs of distressed Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) andtheir families in crisis areas in the Middle East. Celia Herrera of Zone 1, Barangay Compania Central, Molo, IloiloCity has a 30-year-old daughter working as a house help in Lebanon. Her daughter’s employer prohibited the latter from leaving thehouse and constantly scolded her, she said. Another person who sought help yesterday was Charry Balbes ofBarangay Puerto Princesa, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. He had a wife in Qatar. ILOILO – Seven families sought the repatriation ofrelatives working in the Middle East. They asked help from the provincialgovernment’s 24/7 inter-agency assistance desk at the provincial capitol yesterday. The inter-agency assistance desk started operatingyesterday and manned by Task Force Bulig Ilonggo which the provincialgovernment created (composed of representatives from relevant governmentagencies and capitol offices). The other persons who sought help yesterday were Moray Blancoof Zone 1, Barangay Compania Central, Molo, Iloilo City who had a child inLebanon; Julieta Mecer of Barangay Malawog, Santa Barbara, Iloilo who had achild in Qatar; Henley Didal of Barangay Bolilao, Mandurriao, Iloilo City whohad a child in Lebanon; Julius Gargallano of Pavia, Iloilo who had a sister inLebanon; and Diwani Onabia of La Paz, Iloilo City who had a sister in SaudiArabia./PNlast_img

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