18 July 2016 - Last June 2016, the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) sent a Rapid Response Team (RRT) to assist OFWs stranded in work camps throughout Saudi Arabia. The DFA RRT found that at least 11,000 OFWs in several large Saudi construction and maintenance companies and their sub-contractors were not paid their salaries on time, ranging from 2 to 6 months. Some OFWs were also no longer receiving food allowances and were threatened with eviction from their accommodations. The DFA RRT provided immediate humanitarian assistance to these OFWs, and brought their situation to the attention of the senior officials of these companies, and with the Saudi government authorities.
Embassy of the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur
23 June 2016—The Embassy of the Philippines in Kuala Lumpur said today that three of its officials received the Gawad Mabini (Order of Mabini) awards for initiatives to promote and uplift the welfare of Filipinos in Malaysia, notably the pioneering alternative learning centers (ALCs) project for undocumented Filipino children in Sabah.