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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

IT IS SAFE IN SAUDI ARABIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST FOR NOW

This article is filed under: Saudi Arabia

We received a lot of queries and a bit of concern from our family and friends regarding the situation and the developing row in terms of relations between Iran and Saudi and the allied countries like Bahrain, Sudan, UAE and other Gulf countries. 

Questions like:

ARE YOU GUYS OKAY THERE?
I SAW IN THE TV NEWS THAT THERE'S A CONFLICT, ARE YOU SAFE?



Tanong sa mga OFW sa Middle East: Delikado nga ba ang sitwasyon at nanganganib nga ba ang lagay ng mga OFW sa Saudi...
Posted by PEBA, Inc. on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The video footage you are seeing above and below are from Iran or Bahrain and other countries like Iraq or Yemen, but in Saudi Arabia, right now, it is very normal.



The government says, they have enough resources and they are ready.



It is still safe in Saudi Arabia, I guess we have nothing to worry about. In case war will broke out, it will be a nightmare to all Filipinos living and working here, but we should remember, Saudi Arabia is very capable of depending itself. 
READ: HERE IS WHY SAUDI ARABIA IS THE STRONGEST MILITARY POWER IN THE GULF.

Is the Philippine government really ready? Imagine the conflict in Libya and in Syria with only a hundred of thousands of OFWs, how the government finds it difficult to evacuate stranded OFWs? In Saudi Arabia alone, we are millions! 

According to Ms. Susan Ople president of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a nongovernment organization helping distressed OFWs, advised Filipinos to avoid participating in political activities.

“They should focus on their work and their responsibilities and remain as the country’s best ambassadors of goodwill. Do not get involved in anything that is political in nature...They should be conscious of what is going on and keep in touch with respective Philippine embassies and consulates... [And] we need to monitor the developments aside from any possible consequences or repercussions not only on the Filipinos but also on other foreign workers," she said.

But we believe families in the Philippines should not worry too much about war and conflict between Saudi Arabia and the other countries, with Iran. It is still safe all over Saudi, except maybe for OFWs working in cities near the Yemen border where the Houti rebels are firing rockets to Najran and other Saudi cities. 

Life is so normal in Saudi Arabia, for now. Rather than worrying about tension between countries we are in, we should worry more about work when we come back home to the Philippines, or savings for the future of our families.
This article is filed under: Saudi Arabia

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