As part of DOLE reforms to transform FWRCs into centers of care and excellence In Riyadh, POLO increases Bahay Kalinga budget from SR2,500 to SR4,500 per week

Date Posted: January 8th, 2014 04:08 AM
 

 

As part of DOLE reforms to transform FWRCs into centers of care and excellence In Riyadh, POLO increases Bahay Kalinga budget from SR2,500 to SR4,500 per week Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said over the weekend that the budget for the provision of basic necessities of distressed overseas Filipino workers housed at the Filipino Workers’ Resource Center (FWRC), also called Bahay Kalinga, in Riyadh has been increased to SR4,500 per week from the previous SR 2,500 per week, or roughly P53,622 a week. Baldoz, citing a report from Labor Attache Rustico dela Fuente, who is POLO Riyadh head, said that the increase in the FWRC budget was based on the assessment by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) of the specific needs of the distressed OFWs. “As earlier planned, and based on the assessment of specific needs, the POLO in Riyadh has started the delivery on a weekly basis of provisions of basic necessities for the OFWs sheltered at the Center,” said Baldoz. Labor Attache Dela Fuente reported that the POLO last 15 December already delivered additional 250 gallons of drinking water; 480 kilos of rice; 70 foam mattresses; 155 pillows; 156 jackets; and 156 jogging pants to the FWRC. He said other food supplies, such as fish, chicken, eggs, vegetables, cooking oil, and sugar, will be augmented in appropriate quantity in the coming weeks. “We have already organized a purchasing system and delineated and enhanced the kitchen chores for better management with the assistance of “kubol” coordinators, or kitchen representatives,” Dela Fuente reported. The POLO official assured Secretary Baldoz that the POLO will also provide jackets and sleeping pants for the distressed OFWs for the winter. “Most of the newly deployed workers at the Bahay Kalinga have no prior idea how cold the winter is in Riyadh. They do not have means to provide clothes for this kind of weather,” said Dela Fuente. He added that the purchase of foam mattresses and pillows is expected to complete the bedding supplies, particularly for those occupying spaces outside roof-covered areas. Dela Fuente further said that the POLIO is now regularly providing medical services to OFWs sheltered at the FWRC, including medicines. End/Letmaring



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