A Filipino in Saudi Arabia was allegedly neglected by his employer despite showing symptoms of COVID-19. The Filipino later succumb to the disease.
The Philippine Embassy in Saudi Arabia has already filed a complaint against the employer of the OFW identified as Marcelo Tanyag III. On June 3, the Filipino expired without receiving medical treatment.
In the video which was personally posted by Tanyag in his Facebook account before he expired, he revealed that he is experiencing difficulty breathing but his employer didn’t allow him to go to the hospital.
“We want to hold his employer accountable for what happened to him,” says Philippine Ambassador in Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto. He is also set to meet the Ministry of Labor to talk about the case because “if what we saw in the video were true, that constitutes employer neglect,”Alonto added.
After testing the remains of Tanyag, he will be repatriated back to his family in the Philippines. It was also raised to the Saudi Health Authorities several complaints from Filipino workers regarding “delayed response and non-admittance” when they seek hospital treatment for the possibility of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Saudi officials made sure that Filipinos are not discriminated against and neglected.
Napakasakit isipin yung ganito mangyayari sa atin! Sana may magawa ang ating pamahalaan para sa mga kababayan na nasa Abroad. Alam ko hindi lang sa Saudi maging sa ibang bansa po pag once na POSITIBO ka sa COVID-19 hindi ka na po tinanggap sa mga HOSPITAL lalo na kung marami na ang infected sa BANSA naroon ka. Ang payo po nila mag HOME QUARANTINE ka. Kaya minsan magka hawa hawa na. Kaya sa mga kabayan natin ingat po kayong mabuti.Pagkatapos niya magawa ang video ay pumanaw na po si KABAYAN.Etoh naman ang pahayag ng Embassy Sa Riyadh.3 June 2020 – The Department of Foreign Affairs wishes to convey its deepest and most sincere condolences to the bereaved family of Mr. Marcelo Tanyag III. The Philippine Government, through the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, will bear upon Mr. Tanyag’s employer to explain if their actions, or lack thereof, contributed to his untimely demise.The Embassy has spoken with the company for the immediate repatriation of Mr. Tanyag’s remains, and will continue to communicate with the employer until all his personal belongings, and benefits are sent to the Philippines.Despite the strain on Saudi Arabia’s health care system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department will continue to protect and promote the rights and interests of Filipinos thereat and will extend necessary and appropriate assistance to them.
Posted by OFW Community on Wednesday, June 3, 2020