• Bello blasts Labor officials in Saudi

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    LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd threatened to sanction officials and employees of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Saudi Arabia for not elping the thousands of Filipinos there who lost their jobs.

    “I won’t condone it. What happened is when they (POLO officials) arrived in a foreign country, they do nothing until they receive complaints [from Filipino migrant workers],” Bello said in a radio interview from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

    “It’s an indication of irresponsibility,” he added.

    Bello cited the tragedy that befell more than 11,000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who were stranded in Riyadh and Jeddah and the recent death of a Filipina rape victim.

    He also narrated the case of an OFW who was to take a vacation in the Philippines but failed to leave because of a minor problem in his documents.

    Bello lamented that because of the inefficiency and neglect of POLO personnel, “the hapless worker was not able to come home for three years.”

    He said he learned about these problems not from the labor officials in Saudi Arabia but through the media and text messages.

    “I came to know about the 11,000 stranded OFWs in Saudi through media interviews. It did not come from them (POLO),” the labor chief stressed. He said upon learning of the problem, he immediately ordered the recall of Rustico dela Fuente, the labor attache in Riyadh and Jainal Rasul Jr., the labor attaché in Jeddah.

    On the case of rape victim Irma Edloy, Bello said he got mad when he saw the already comatose victim in a hospital in Jeddah.

    Bello said he has ordered POLO officials to monitor OFWs in their areas of jurisdiction 24/7 and to submit reports on a regular basis.

    “They should continuously monitor the whereabouts, the welfare and the status of our foreign migrant workers. They should not act only when there is a problem, that’s unacceptable,” the DOLE chief stressed. WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL

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    1. All the ranks and files (Embassy,Consulate, POLO) are good in receiving their salaries!

      RECALL all of them and assigned NEW STAFFS… But still to be investigated for not performing their duties and responsibilities. If found GUILTY; appropriate punishment be handed down!

      Secretary Bello, WE SALUTE YOU!

    2. Sorry to add this:

      I was one of those victim who want to seek help before in our Embassy in Riyadh but failed. My end of service from one company before was miscalculated.

      I went to our Embassy in Riyadh in order to seek help. However, instead of giving me an assurance of filing this case to Labor Ministry, they only advised me to stop it because it will reach more years to have a decision. And after that unknown years of decision, we don’t know if you will win or not.

      Because of this discouragement, I decided not to ask them anymore.

    3. Daniel B. Laurente on

      Tanungin ninyo ang mga OFW sa Middle East kung ilan ang may eksperyensya na hindi maganda sa mga tauhan ng Philippines Embassy. Sa lahat ng Embassy.

    4. Secretary Bello, have those labor attaches reassigned in the Janitorial services of DOLE in Manila. That will be a good lesson for them. Please recommend a total revamp of all existing Philippine Embassies in the Middle East. That will rattle some of the do-nothing DFA “personals”. Mabuhay ka Secretary Bello.

      • Sec. Bello salamat at nakita ninyo ang kawalang action at kawalang paglilingkod ng dalawang ungas nayan, narito po ako sa riyadh lalo nayan si Rustico dela Fuente.. mayabang yan akala mo kong sino yan dito sa riyadh wala naman ginagawa yan puntahan mo sa opisina di ka kakausapin at bussy daw, magaling lang yan magyabang lalo na pag namimili akala mo napaka yaman, eh hindi niya alam tax ng mga filipino ang salry niya.. huwag na ninyo ilagay sa ano mang post na bansa yan.. alang kuwenta yang maglingkod sa nagpapasueldo sa kanya.

    5. lahat ng nagtratrabaho dyan sa POLO o PHIL.EMBASSY mga tamad yan,dapat dyan tanggalin silang lahat at palitan ng panibago,di namin maaasahan mga tulong nila at mga galit pa yan kapag lumapit ka sa kaniola upang humingi ng tulong samantalang itinalaga sila upang pangalagaan kaming mga ofw,ang nangyayari sila pa yata yung pinangangalagaan ng mga ofw,kung meron man pong dapat tanggalin sa mga tungkulin yang lahat na empleyado ng phil embassy at POLO,mga irresponsable

    6. thats right,some of our official in our embassy did not do their responsibility,its better to remove all the employee in our embassy and replace it immediately