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Abandoned in the Saudi desert, Filipino workers who were sent there by Global Expertise Management of Ermita in Manila
Abandoned in the Saudi desert, Filipino workers who were sent there by Global Expertise Management of Ermita in Manila
2013-12-11 11:07:09 -

Filipino workers abandoned by Korean employer and Filipino agency

12 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's) who were hired by a Filipino agency in Ermita to work for a Korean company in Saudi Arabia have been dumped with no money, no food and no assistance from their Ermita based agency when the Korean employers and staffers decamped, probably back to Seoul.

According to a spokesman for the Pinoy workers, they were hired by Global Expertise Management, Inc of Rm. 309 & 310 Merchant Bldg., 509 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila (formerly known as Almasura International Manpower Services) to work in Saudi with a South Korean firm, TAI WHA Lease Industrial Co., of 401 Jeongdong Building, 15-5 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul in South Korea.

They were

hired on the basis they would be paid 2,500 Riyals monthly (PhP30,000 or £400/$660).

The spokesman told Balita Pinoy that 2 months ago they stopped being paid, the reason they were told was that the main contractor, Alarkan Industrial Supports, had stopped paying the Korean sub-contractor.

Since that time they have effectively been abandoned. The Korean's left, the agency, Global Expertise, have not got anyone on the ground and there has been one Syrian man named Mr Huusam visiting the site making vague promises which have not been kept.

The Pinoy workers are running out of food, the diesel generator providing electricity now has less than 3 days supply of fuel, they have no money and basically would like to return to their families in the Philippines. They feel betrayed and abandoned both by the Korean company Tai Wha, and the Philippine agency, Global Expertise.

Balita Pinoy spoke to Froserphina L. Calanog who is President and General Manager of Global Expertise. She stated that she only became aware of the situation of the OFW's placed by her company a week ago and that she was doing everything to resolve the situation. She told Balita Pinoy that they [Global Expertise] have a man in Saudi Arabia by the name of Mr Mogadon sorting out the situation. The OFW's at the site in Jeddah say they have not been contacted by any such person.

Balita Pinoy also tried to contact Tai Wha's parent company in Seoul to no avail. We sent emails to 2 email addresses with no response. We also tried to phone the company on Tuesday and today to get their side of the story but the phones were not answered.

One serious matter to be resolved before the OFW's can leave Saudi Arabia is that of permission to leave from their employer. As the Korean's have deserted and abandoned their staffers, there is nobody to authorize permission for them to leave as is necessary under Saudi law.

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Adelaida Bulaon
Phone: +44(0)7864 114486

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