Friday, 19 August 2011 13:48
Malacañang vowed on Wednesday to provide government assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by untoward incidences happening in their place of work.
During a press briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that concerned government agencies were undertaking measures to address the plight of OFWs to be evacuated due to the continuing violence in Syria.
“We will ask the Department of Labor and Employment to make sure that we will find something for them,” Lacierda said, adding that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is also moving to provide similar assistance to the OFWs.
President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday said the Philippine government has a quick response plan, as well as contingency measures in place, ready at any moment’s notice to evacuate Filipinos in Syria.
The major concern with Syria is that there are 17,000 Filipinos working in that country --95 percent of which are domestic helpers.
Lacierda said the government assistance will cover all those affected.
“Makaka-asa po kayo that the government will be making sure that they will not be abandoned,” Lacierda said. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)
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