In lieu of the rising number of bad treatment among Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Saudi Arabia, the Philippine Labor Office in Jeddah decided to summon recruitment agencies to address the said issue.
Some of the issues that were raised in the meeting include non-payment of salaries, lack of rest, starvation, and bad treatment of employers towards their Filipino domestic helpers.
Assistant Labor Attache Germie Daytoc asked the Saudi recruiters to always monitor the situation of the domestic helpers even after they were deployed to their individual employers.
“Are you able to monitor your Filipino workers in the houses of employers? How come some workers have not been paid their salaries for two, three, five, or more months?” says Daytoc.
“We Filipinos have different taste of food, how can we work if our stomachs are empty? So better give them food, or let them cook their own food,” he further said.
Furthermore, Labor Attache Nasser Munder reminded the recruiters regarding their responsibilities as well as obligations towards the OFWs. Their responsibilities towards their Philippine counterparts were also reminded.
“If they can not resolve among themselves the concerns wer raised, we are ready to intervene. We will determine kung talagang sinasadya nila na hindi magko-cooperate sa amin. Then we will use our authority to make them comply. after all, this is for their own good. So I want them to cooperate with us to avoid suspension,” says Munder.