Bello to deploy more Labor Attaches, welfare officers in the Middle East

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday said that the Department will deploy more Labor Attaches and welfare officers in Saudi Arabia where there are huge number of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

"I think we need more labor attaches and welfare officers in Saudi Arabia because of the number of OFWs there. Maraming migrant workers doon ang may problema," said Bello.

He added that DOLE will deploy two labor attaches per Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in the Middle East instead of only one.

"I am placing two for Riyadh and two for Jeddah," said Bello, adding that if possible, he would also deploy two Labor Attaches in Al-Khobar.

Bello said that the increased number of labor attaches will enable the government to assist more distressed OFWs in the said Middle East countries.

It can be recalled that Bello had previously recalled Riyadh-based Labor Attache Rustico dela Fuente and Jeddah-based Labor Attache Jainal Rasul Jr. over their supposed failure to do their jobs.

The Labor and Employment Secretary said that he already directed Dela Fuente and Rasul to come home not later than 1 October.

"Pina-recall ko na sila. By October, they will be here. It will take some time for them to wind up their affairs," said Bello.

Source: Philippine Information Agency