Every day, more Filipinos are flying to another country to work. If you’ll ask a newly graduate if they want to work abroad, most of them will immediately say “yes.”
What is the reason why many Filipinos would like to work as Overseas Filipino Workers? The number one reason is money. By working abroad, you can get up to thrice or four times of the regular salary that you can get in the country. Most foreign companies also provide better benefits to their employees. The more salary the breadwinner earns, the better and brighter future he can provide to his family in the Philippines.
Forced to Stop Working
This is one of the reasons why a Filipino migrant worker, Nico Castalone, have in mind, that is why he decided to work in Riyadh. However, he did not expect that he will be facing a huge crisis in the country.
In a Facebook post, Nico is asking the attention of the government and President Rodrigo Duterte to help him, along with a group of Filipino migrant workers. According to him, the group doesn’t have enough food to eat, water for drinking and bath, and a place to sleep for seven straight days. Plus, since it’s summertime in a very hot country like Riyadh, all of them are suffering even more.
What is the Reason?
Nico narrated that they were forced to stop working and were taken to a secluded location. They are not sure what is the reason behind it since all of them has complete documentation to work in the Middle East.
Along with nine other Filipinos, they signed an Employment Contract to work for two years in Riyadh. However, it’s only been ten months since they started working when they were forced to halt all operations and go to the prison-like place.
The OFW uploaded a series of photos showing their current situation. Other than Filipinos, there are other foreigners who are facing the same situation as them.The place is very dirty and the bathroom looks unusable.
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We are hoping that President Duterte and the government can do something about this. Please save our modern-day heroes.