To assist displaced OFWs from Sudan, Ople is leaving for Cairo.
Susan Ople, the secretary of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), will go to Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday night to oversee the disbursement of welfare benefits to the evacuated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from war-torn Sudan.
Ople claimed that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. ordered them to swiftly evacuate all impacted Filipinos in Sudan during a news conference in Malacaang.
“The President’s directive was number one, to get all of them to safety as quickly as possible, and number two, it shouldn’t matter whatever papers they have or if they don’t have any papers at all,” Ople added.
According to the President, “if they know how to speak Tagalog, Visayan, Ilocano, or any other dialect in the country, they are Filipinos so we will help,” she continued. “If they know how to speak Tagalog, Visayan, Ilocano, or any other dialect in the country, they are Filipinos so we will help.”
Ople promised that anyone without a passport or identity card would still receive assistance and that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) would take the lead in handling their documentation once they reached the border.
She continued by saying that Marcos also gave them the go-ahead to collaborate with foreign organizations like the United Nations and the Foreign Office of Migration (IOM) in order to rescue all the impacted Filipinos.
In order to better assist the OFWs, Ople stated that the DMW will have a number of teams made up of individuals with expertise in repatriation initiatives and in reacting to comparable emergency events.
Ople stated that they would identify the precise site where the DMW teams will provide cross-border assistance in collaboration with the DFA and the Philippine Ambassador to Egypt Ezzedin Tago.
Each OFW will receive $200 in cash as soon as they cross the border.
She claimed that they would talk to them about any more assistance they would require from the Philippine government, particularly if they choose to return.
To find work opportunities for individuals who choose to stay, DMW is now in contact with the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development (MHRSD) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Along with Ople, the DMW Welfare Assistance Team will also include Labor Attachee Roel Martin from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Arnell Ignacio, and Undersecretary Hans Leo Cacdac.
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