Senator Cynthia Villar on Tuesday (June 6) urged the Departments of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Foreign Affairs (DFA) to place up a contingency plan for abroad Filipino staff (OFWs) affected by the diplomatic disaster hounding Qatar.
Villar made the decision as she additionally appealed to the greater than 200,000 OFWs in Qatar to stay calm and get in contact with the Philippine Embassy in Doha on any issues as pressure escalates between the stated nation and different Gulf states.
“We also need to consider the Filipinos working for Qatari-owned companies in the Philippines and elsewhere such as Qatar Airways which is the second biggest air carrier in the Gulf region. A prolonged diplomatic crisis would not be favorable to the profitability of these companies,” she stated.
“This new diplomatic crisis is another example of a surprising development beyond our workers’ and the Philippine government’s control. Let’s hope and pray that things will go back to normal soon,” Villar stated.
Concerned authorities businesses such because the DOLE and DFA, Villar stated, ought to tackle issues that can come up from the stated state of affairs in the Middle East akin to potential meals shortages, restricted air, land and sea journey of OFWs in addition to their escalating prices of dwelling together with their households again dwelling.
“We need to strengthen the government’s reintegration program for OFWs so that they can plan ahead because there is really no place like home,” the senator stated.