Philippine Embassy’s Personnel to OFW, “Bago po tayo magbitaw ng mga salita na hindi makatao ang rules ng DOLE, isipin po muna natin kung may naging ambag po kayo sa bayan.”
The cash assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment DOLE has drawn so much attention from the netizens not only here in the Philippines but also abroad.
Many Overseas Filipino Workers OFW had anticipated and waited for DOLE’s guidelines in regards to the assistance intended for them.
In DOLE’s guideline, OFWs who are qualified for the assistance are only those who lost their jobs or terminated, OFWs who are in their job sites, stranded OFW or those who are “No Work, No Pay”, repatriated OFW, and Balik-Manggagawa who failed to return to their designated country due to ECQ Enhance Community Quarantine to curb the spread of COVID19.
One OFW in Bahrain is disappointed with this regulation as she too is affected by COVID but doesn’t qualified with the assistance. The OFW was not terminated rather she was only not allowed to go to work as her company shuts down to help curb the spread of the virus.
The OFW still didn’t lose hope and messaged the Philippine Embassy on Facebook hoping to get some positive answers, but she was only disappointed by the Embassy’s response to her predicament.
In the said conversation, the Philippine embassy’s representative explains to the OFW wh she’s not qualified for the said cash assistance. Read the full conversation below.
Many netizens are not happy and were saddened with the Embassy’s reply especially the words where the Embassy’s representative said that that the OFW doesn’t pay taxes because worker’s in Bahrain are not taxed. And that they don’t have contributions to help improve the Philippine economy.
But there are those netizens also who understand the point of the Embassy’s representative. One netizen thinks that the representative’s thoughts are correct and that OFWs must have saved for unpredicted situations like this COVID19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the embassy is already investigating this issue.