An alliance of overseas Filipino migrant rights group in the Middle East disclosed Friday that they had been receiving request for assistance from 22 stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), who supposedly sought refuge under the Khandara Bridge in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, MB.com.ph reports.
The Khandara Bridge in Jeddah, western capital of Saudi Arabia, has been known to be like refuge camp for stranded migrant workers in the hope that local immigration police called Jawasat would apprehend them and eventually deport to their respective countries.
According to John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional director, staying under the Khandara Bridge is not a safe haven for stranded OFWs especially to their children.
Monterona pointed out that that Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) used to rent a villa inside the Al-Mina Hajj terminal to temporarily accommodate stranded OFWs seeking refuge under the Khandera Bridge.
The stranded OFWs were temporarily housed there in the fourth quarter of last year while attending their deportation formalities with the local authorities as we campaign for their repatriation. Source: Roy Mabasa
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