Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) gave assurances of support to the families of more than 11,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs in Saudi Arabia and whose repatriation were being worked out.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Wednesday said educational assistance, including scholarship in state universities, will be granted to the children of the displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Their spouses and other dependents will also be given temporary employment under the government’s Cash for Work Program.
Bello said his department, through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, has coordinated with the Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Social Welfare and Development on the matter.
The DOLE chief recently visited the stranded OFWs in Riyadh and Jeddah to personally assess their situation.
He assured them that the Department of Foreign Affairs has released funds for the repatriation of some of the workers.
Bello said most of the OFWs lost their jobs because of the oil price crisis in the Middle East.
“The drop in oil prices in the Gulf States caused financial difficulties to many construction companies which employ a good number of overseas Filipino workers. Because of this, many of our OFWs were displaced and had little or no means to support their families at home,” the Labor chief said.
Bello ordered the recall of two labor attaches in Riyadh and Jeddah for their failure to provide assistance to the displaced workers.