DoLE launches mobile service for OFWs in Saudi Arabia
The growing needs of Filipino workers in Al Khobar and other parts of the eastern region of Saudi Arabia prompted the Ministry of Labor and Employment to launch its mobile service program.
Labor Attaché Hector Cruz Jr. of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Al Khobar said authorities have authorized the operation of POLO-on-wheels to meet the consular, social and documentary needs of Filipinos in the area. .
Cruz said the Saudi Foreign Ministry had also allowed POLO to maintain a hotel-style shelter on the outskirts of the city to house distressed OFWs and those awaiting repatriation.
“We are proud to announce that we have been authorized by the ministry to have our POLO on wheels and to accept public services 3 times a week,” said Cruz.
Instead of traveling about 430 kilometers to POLO in Riyadh, Filipinos can seek help anywhere in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.
Secretary of Labor Silvestre Bello 3e gave the go-ahead for the establishment of POLO’s mobile service to ensure that services are available to OFWs for their protection and well-being.
“Although we have been allowed to use our POLO on wheels, the government has also set guidelines which we will strictly follow as we cannot operate in commercial areas,” Cruz said.
“We will now do our outreach program on a regular basis through our POLO on wheels project. Our staff will now be the ones to come and serve you and provide the services our Kababayans need,” he added.
There are approximately 220,000 to 230,000 Filipinos in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.