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Monday, April 17, 2017

Pres Duterte Promised Better Lives and Working Condition for OFWs in Saudi Arabia

A better working condition for millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Saudi Arabia.  This is the assurance of President Rodrigo Duterte following his visit to the Kingdom as a top destination and a home of more than 2.4 million OFWs.  In his three days visit to the oil-rich kingdom, Duterte said a legislation is needed to be passed to improve the lives of Saudi OFWs better than before.





A better working condition for millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Saudi Arabia.

This is the assurance of President Rodrigo Duterte following his visit to the Kingdom as a top destination and a home of more than 2.4 million OFWs.

In his three days visit to the oil-rich kingdom, Duterte said a legislation is needed to be passed to improve the lives of Saudi OFWs better than before.



A better working condition for millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Saudi Arabia.

This is the assurance of President Rodrigo Duterte following his visit to the Kingdom as a top destination and a home of more than 2.4 million OFWs.

In his three days visit to the oil-rich kingdom, Duterte said a legislation is needed to be passed to improve the lives of Saudi OFWs better than before.

“They have promised to pass legislations, that would really improve... your lives are better than what was before,” Duterte said in a meeting with the Filipino community.

(Watch:President Duterte: Saudi Arabia vows better working conditions for Filipinos.)



The president added, "we talked about many things. It would take all evening to say them all, but in the days to come, you'll find out"

“Marami kaming pinag-usapan. It would take all evening to say them all but in the days to come, malaman din ninyo,”

Duterte visited Saudi Arabia in the middle of reported cases of abuse or non payment of salaries of OFWs by their employers.

Last April 12, 105 Filipinos who were granted amnesty by Saudi Arabia arrived in Manila.

“It is of our national interest that I visit first the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Nandito yung karamihan ng ating — kayo — ating mga kababayan," Duterte told the Filipino audience.

"You are not just citizens of the Republic of the Philippines, you are the assets,” he added

The president even asked OFWs in Saudi Arabia to give him three months for their request of a department to be created solely for OFWs concern and request for a Philippine consulate in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia to alleviate the problem of traveling to the Philippine embassy in Riyadh which was more than 800 kilometers away

“We’ll give it to them. Bigyan ninyo ako ng tatlong buwan [Give me three months], and you will have it,” the President said.

(Watch:NTVL: 150 OFW, kasamang uuwi ni Pres. Duterte mula sa Saudi Arabia)

The following are the highlights of President Duterte's arrival speech from the Middle East.

  • Duterte: I will ask permission to establish a small hospital for our countrymen in the Middle East
  • Duterte thanks OFWs for the help they've given the Philippines 
  • Duterte says he will look for money for the proposed Filipino hospital in the Middle East
  • Duterte: I'm a leftist, but I share socialist dimensions
  • Duterte to OFWs: Your sacrifices there will be repaid here
  • Duterte: Repatriation of sick OFWs a priority
  • Duterte to OFWs: Your remittances keep us afloat 
  • Duterte to OFWs: I feel like kneeling down and thanking you for helping the country
  • Duterte: I will go where the national interest is
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who is part of the President’s delegation said his counterpart in the Saudi government agreed to negotiate new rules to improve working conditions for Filipino workers that include;

  • Labor standards that provide OFWs with rules on better wages
  • OFWs protection from maltreatment and abuse 
  • OFWs working hours and other related issues.
(Watch:$925-M worth of investment deals signed in Duterte Middle East visit)
























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