DOLE chief confirms 10 more OFWs repatriated from Saudi

May 17, 2013 10:41 pm 

MANILA, May 17 -– Department Labor and Employment announced Friday that 10 more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), all nurses, have arrived from Saudi Arabia with the help of the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).

In a press release, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz named repatriated OFW-nurses as Meldie F. Fabros, Shiel Marie Gutierrez, Mary Ann Ngateb, Gemma P. Medina, Jinky Concepcion Iguidez, Tracy Franzuela, Angelyn de Leno, Jennylyn A. Alimbuyao, Precious Ann C. Pablo, and Sarah M. Lipura.

“I am pleased that these 10 OFW-nurses have safely arrived in the Philippines after going through various difficult circumstances in their work in Saudi Arabia,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz commended the POLO in Riyadh, for assisting the OFWs all throughout the process of their repatriation.

Labor Secretary said Welfare Officer Leonardo G. Rodrigo of the POLO reported that the first four nurses sought the help of the labor office after the nurses’ employers, identified as Safad Medical Center, did not allow them to go home even after their contracts of employment have expired.

The nurses were then deployed to Saudi Arabia by Mi Amori International Services, Inc.

After which, the POLO followed up the case with Safad Medical Center president and general manager Wael Ghoneim and convinced him to release the nurses by providing them their exit visas.

Three other nurses, Iguidez, Franzuela, and Lleno, who were deployed by Al Awa El International Manpower, Inc., experienced the same problem under their employer, Dr. Khalid Idress, president and general manager of Dr. Khalid Idress Hospital Company.

They also reported they were not paid the vacation leave benefits and end of service awards, so they sought the help of the POLO.

The POLO finally convinced Dr. Idress to pay the nurses their benefit claims and allow them to go home. They arrived on-board India Jet Airways.

The last three nurses, Alimbuyao, Pablo, and Lipura, were deployed by Wright International Manpower, Inc. to Al Khareef Medical Clinic for a two-year work contract which would have ended December 14, 2014.

The last 3 complained at the POLO, saying their employer allegedly committed serious contract violations, such as underpayment of salary; non-payment of overtime pay; and unsafe working condition to the detriment of the nurses’ welfare.

The POLO was able to convince the employer to settle the claims of the nurses and to allow them to go home, following the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) mediation-conciliation process.

In line with this, Baldoz assured that the POEA will look into the records of the repatriates employers, and if appropriate, blacklist them so they can no longer hire Filipino workers.

Labor secretary also noted that OWWA is ready to provide the nurses appropriate reintegration assistance if they wish to avail of the government’s reintegration program. (PNA)



One Response to “DOLE chief confirms 10 more OFWs repatriated from Saudi”

  1. marivic segador on May 28th, 2013 12:49 pm

    find this person named eufemia grace cabalhin nurse. i am a victim of this person case stafa…. she run away may money she never paid me her promise and i got a rumors that she going to apply aboard for nursing job pls black herlist asap … tnx pls help me ……