Senator Nancy Binay scored the choice of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to droop the deployment of abroad Filipino employees to Qatar, which she mentioned was accomplished with none prior coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs.
“I would like to know whether the DFA concurs with the suspension order because this is a diplomatic row involving several countries, all of whom are long-time allies of the Philippines,” she mentioned in an announcement launched on Wednesday.
“This is an internal problem among the Gulf states and we should be patient and understanding as their leaders try to resolve their problems in a diplomatic manner. It is in our strategic interest to remain in everyone’s good graces,” Binay mentioned.
The transfer to abruptly impose a suspension on the deployment of OFWs to Qatar, at present internet hosting 200,000 migrant Filipino employees, might have been untimely, the senator mentioned.
“Let us take a calm and sober approach in addressing the needs of our workers in Qatar,” Binay added.
The senator urged Foreign Affairs chief Alan Cayetano and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to work collectively and map out a unified plan for OFWs in Qatar that may be applied when the present state of affairs escalates right into a full-blown disaster.