MIGRANT rights group Migrante has urged President Benigno Aquino III to visit the stranded overseas Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia.

“We want him visit Saudi Arabia so that he could witness to the miserable situation of hundreds of stranded and distress OFWs who are begging for government assistance,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante regional coordinator in Middle East.

Stranded OFWs at deportation center
Stranded OFWs at deportation center

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Photos courtesy of  Josephine Mores
Photos courtesy of Josephine Mores

To get the attention of concerned government officials, the group also launched an online petition for the repatriation of at least 130 stranded OFWs temporarily sheltered at Philippine embassy-rented villa in Riyadh.

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Makeshift shelter of stranded OFWs in Riyadh
Makeshift shelter of stranded OFWs in Riyadh

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Lorenzo G. Siron, Jr., 62, of Dapdap, Mabalacat, Pampanga has been in Exit 8 estraha since March 2014 in Riyadh. He alleged that he was a victim of his employer labor malpractices thus forcing him to run away and sought assistance from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh. In order to survive for his daily subsistence and to continue sending remittance to his family, he looks and work part time jobs. He was so unfortunate that on March 29 he met an accident cutting off his left hand at his part time job.
Lorenzo G. Siron, Jr., 62, of Dapdap, Mabalacat, Pampanga has been in Exit 8 estraha since March 2014 in Riyadh. He alleged that he was a victim of his employer labor malpractices thus forcing him to run away and sought assistance from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh. In order to survive for his daily subsistence and to continue sending remittance to his family, he looks and work part time jobs. He was so unfortunate that on March 29 he met an accident cutting off his left hand at his part time job.

According to Monterona, there are nearly 200 women OFWs staying at the Bahay Kalinga aside from those at the deportation center whose numbers swell to over 130 male stranded OFWs.

Migrante leaders holding a solidarity meal with stranded OFWs in Riyadh last June 12
Migrante leaders holding a solidarity meal with stranded OFWs in Riyadh last June 12

Monterona also hit both the Aquino administration and opposition leaders for their early electoral campaign instead of helping stranded and maltreated Filipino workers abroad.

Click the link below to sign the petition of stranded OFWs in Saudi:

https://www.change.org/p/philippine-president-benigno-simeon-aquino-iii-dole-sec-philippine-president-benigno-simeon-aquino-iii-dole-sec-rosalinda-baldoz-dfa-sec-a-del-rosario-effect-the-swift-and-free-mass-repatriation-of-stranded-ofws-in-saudi-arabia