The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has launched a mobile service which it says will meet the consular, social and documentary needs of overseas Filipino workers in Al Khobar and other parts of the Eastern Region. of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
In a statement, Labor Attaché Hector Cruz, Jr. of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Al Khobar said that the national government and Al Khobar authorities have authorized the operations of “POLO- on-wheels” in the region.
“We are proud to announce that the ministry has allowed us to have our POLO on wheels and to accept public services three times a week. This is great news because for our workers, and instead of traveling around 430 kilometers to our POLO in Riyadh, we can already meet their needs anywhere in the eastern region,” Cruz said on March 27.
Cruz added that the Saudi Foreign Ministry has also authorized the agency to house distressed OFWs and those awaiting repatriation in a hotel-like shelter near the city.
According to him, the mobile service will be deployed within the week. It will offer consular services, job transfer, repatriation and assistance to OFWs who have problems with their jobs or with their employers.
“We will now do our outreach program on a regular basis through our POLO-on-wheels project. Our staff will now be the ones to come and serve you and provide the services our kababayans (OFW) need,” Cruz explained.
Based on POLO data, around 220,000 to 230,000 OFW are in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia, and most of them are in oil exploration and drilling. Others are in service-oriented industries such as cafes, restaurants and janitorial services.
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