Arab nations cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, DOLE monitors impact to OFWs

Date Posted: June 6th, 2017 01:45 PM

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III advised yesterday all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Qatar to remain calm but cautious as the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) is directed to put in place contingency measures following the decision of neighboring Arab states to cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar.


“Our labor office in Qatar is ready to extend any form of assistance given the circumstances may require. Naka-alert na po ang ating mga tao diyan. Although wala pa naman masyadong cause for alarm, mabuti na ‘yung nakahanda tayo. Our POLO is open on 24-hour service for any emergency situation,” Bello said.


The labor secretary has also directed Qatar Labor Attaché David Des Dicang to closely monitor the situation and update him on the condition of around 250,000 OFWs living in the said Arab country.


“Our labor attache in Qatar immediately sent me a text message informing me that the four Arab countries have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar. He already alerted our office there to see the implications and the effect of this situation to our OFWs,” Bello said.


He also said that OFWs should not worry as Philippines still maintains good diplomatic relations with Qatar.


“I was invited by the Minister of Labor of Qatar this September for the secured and more lenient processing of deployment of our migrant workers. They said they prefer more Filipino workers. And we maintain good labor relations for the welfare and security of our OFWs,” Bello said.


He noted that the visit would be for the signing that involves labor agreements on the social protection and security of OFWs.


The four Arab countries–Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE, broke off relations with Qatar because of the accusation of supporting terrorism, particularly to the Islamist groups.

Created Jun 30th 2017, 15:30


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