Posted by: tigergrassroots | July 28, 2011

Migrante: OFWs hired as fishermen in Saudi seek repatriation

After finding out no jobs are waiting for them in Saudi Arabia, ten overseas Filipino workers are now seeking for repatriation, according to migrant workers group Migrante-Middle East.

In a statement issued Thursday, Migrante-Middle East identified the OFWs as:

  • Richard Mendoza,
  • Jose Alforque,
  • Felipe Batinsela,
  • Ronnie Maro,
  • Arden Unsipedo,
  • Redentor Hubahig,
  • Oliver Perez,
  • Isabelo Salbado,
  • Jupiter Lawan, and
  • Henerio Colis

Migrante-Middle East said they were deployed by Placewell International Services Corp. — a Manila-based recruitment agency with branch offices operating in the Visayas and Mindanao — last 2010.

“The OFWs applied at the branch offices in Mindanao and Cebu, where most of them came from…. They were told that a Saudi-based employer is hiring fishermen,” Migrante-Middle East said.

The group said the OFWs were offered a monthly salary of 1,500 Saudi riyals, roughly equivalent to P17,000.

The distressed OFWs said they never received their salaries. They also said that upon arrival to Jeddah, they were barred by Saudi authorities to catch fish as it is prohibited.

“Only Saudis are allowed to do so,” Migrante-Middle East said, quoting one of the distressed OFWs.

Migrante-Middle East said the OFWs were later forced to run away from their employer. — JE, GMA News


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