THE MISSION FOR MIGRANT WORKERS, pioneer service provider of migrant workers in Hong Kong, expresses deep concern for OFWs Fe Ogahayon Hojilla, Laila Gasatan Joseph, Mary Lou Madayag Manrubang, and Josephine Navarete Ablao, who are currently seeking repatriation assistance from the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah.
Fe Ogahayon Hojilla’s family friend based in Hong Kong sought assistance from the MFMW when the four women migrant workers were dragged out of the Filipino Workers Resource Center run by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Jeddah on 23 November 2015.
The Mission immediately contacted John Leonard Monterona, regional coordinator of Migrante Middle East to ensure the safety and protection of the distressed OFWs.
While we appreciate the response of the POLO-Jeddah to return the four OFWs to the center, we fear that these women are now being admonished for media attention on their plight.
Fe’s family friend in Hong Kong informed us that their cell phones have been confiscated because of constant calls from MIGRANTE. They are worried that communication with their families is being severed.
Just like all overseas Filipino workers, Fe Ogahayon Hojilla, Laila Gasatan Joseph, Mary Lou Madayag Manrubang, and Josephine Navarete Ablao sought employment abroad for the sake of their family and loved ones. Their cell phones are their lifeline.
MFMW is calling on the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and Philippine Consulate in Jeddah to provide the necessary assistance and action for their immediate repatriation.