Toots Ople acts on unpaid salaries of 10K OFWs in Saudi Arabia

Toots Ople acts on unpaid salaries of 10K OFWs in Saudi Arabia

By Junex Doronio
January 10, 2023

Photo courtesy of UNTV

MANILA — Just like her late father Ka Blas Ople who was a champion of the Filipino working class, Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople on Tuesday vowed to act swiftly on the reported unpaid salaries of some 10,000 overseas Filipino workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“‘Yung sa unpaid salaries, dapat sana December kami tutuloy, but upon the request of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development o MHRSD, ‘yun ang aming counterpart sa Saudi Arabia, they requested for more time to arrange our visit dahil ‘yung sa unpaid claims, hindi pala sa kanila ‘yun nakaatang. So they wanted time for… certain arrangements to be made so when I go there I will be able to meet with the right person in the Office of the Crown Prince,” Ople said at a press briefing in Malacañang.

The DMW chief disclosed that she was supposed to go to KSA last December but officials in Saudi Arabia requested more time to arrange the visit.

Ople expressed hope that she will get the itinerary for the Saudi Arabia trip this week.

She, however, declined to provide details when asked how much will the OFWs in Saudi get.

But Ople stressed that the DMW will exert all efforts to facilitate the release of the unpaid salaries. (ai/mtvn)

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