Saudi to cover unpaid salaries of 10K OFWs

Saudi to cover unpaid salaries of 10K OFWs

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has announced that his government will cover the unpaid salaries of an estimated 10,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who worked for construction companies in Saudi that declared bankruptcy in 2015 and 2016.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said this is the best gift for OFWs this holiday season.

“Napakagandang balita talaga. At pinaghandaan talaga tayo ni Crown Prince. Kaya’t sabi niya ‘yung desisyon na ‘yan ay nangyari lamang noong nakaraang ilang araw at dahil nga magkikita kami at sabi niya ito ‘yung regalo ko para sa inyo,” Marcos said after his bilateral meeting with Saudi Crown Prince.

Marcos added that the labor minister also assured Saudi Arabia that this will not happen to Filipinos working in Saudi again.

“Sila mismo magbibigay ng insurance kung sakali man mangyari ulit ‘yan na malugi ‘yung korporasyon na tinatrabahuhan nila at hindi nila makuha ang kanilang sahod, ‘yung insurance ang magbabayad. So marami rin talagang tinutulong sa atin ang pamahalaan ng Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the President added.

According to Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan Ople, among the companies that went bankrupt in 2015 and 2016 and were unable to pay Filipino workers were Saudi OGer, MMG, and the Bin Laden group.

“The Crown Prince, His Royal Highness, announced and said that this was his gift – he really prepared for this and this was an agreement reached by the Saudi government just a few days ago. They have set aside two billion Riyals to help our displaced workers. This is really good news and we thank po Saudi Arabia,” Ople said.

(ai/mtvn)

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