House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has urged the federal government to act rapidly to defend the welfare of abroad Filipino employees in Qatar after 4 Middle Eastern nations lower off ties with the oil-rich state.

In a press release Tuesday (June 6), Alvarez mentioned the Philippine Embassy in Qatar should intently monitor the state of affairs and guarantee communication strains with the Filipino neighborhood are open.

“Should the situation deteriorate, the embassy must be able to provide timely advisories to avoid possible panic and ensure the safety of our OFWs,” he mentioned.

Alvarez additionally urged the Philippine authorities to create a process power to draw up contingency measures for the security and welfare of the estimated 260,000 OFWs in Qatar.

The Speaker mentioned officers should be open to the likelihood that the OFWs in Qatar shall be evacuated in the occasion the diplomatic disaster in the Middle East escalates.

“It is imperative that at this point, our government and the private sector and NGOs should work hand in hand to ensure we can provide our OFWs in Qatar the appropriate assistance when the need arises,” he mentioned.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have damaged off all ties with Qatar over its perceived help for terrorism.

As a results of this improvement, Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III introduced that the deployment of OFWs to Qatar has been suspended.