President Rodrigo Duterte instructed his Cabinet to ensure the speedy and safe repatriation of stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) through "Operation: Bring them Home".
The agencies included in this emergency response are: The Department of Health (DOH), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Public Attorney's Office (PAO).
Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell B. Ubial explained that the DOH team shall immediately conduct medical and psychological examination of our OFWs and the assessment of water and environmental sanitation in camp sites. It shall determine the mechanics for the provision of medical services including psychosocial debriefing, medical consultations and treatments with free medicines for the entire two weeks of their mission.
"Operation: Bring them Home" is President Duterte's initiative to bring back to the country stranded OFWs in KSA following major disruptions in employment after the big dip in oil prices in that region. A composite team from different agencies was organised and given the task to assess the situation, particularly appraising the basic needs of these OFWs with the end-goal of mitigating unfavourable consequences and expediting their expatriation the soonest time possible.
"The Duterte Administration wants these stranded OFWs given the option and means to go home as soon as possible. It is also a priority to provide immediate assistance to those without food and in dire need of medical care. Rest assured that these needs will be met as we altogether work for Health for All." Secretary Ubial concluded.
Source: Philippine Information Agency