Global alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) Migrante International today attributed the low number of OFWs being repatriated from Egypt not only to the Philippine government’s inefficiency in the evacuation process but also because of lack of job options and livelihood in the event of their return to the Philippines.
Out of at least 6,500 Filipinos in Egypt, only 26 have been reported to have voluntarily evacuated.
According to Migrante International chairperson Garry Martinez, “Notwithstanding government inefficiency in the repatriation, the other reason why OFWs would rather stay in Egypt is that alam naman nilang pagbalik nila rito ay hindi tiyak ang kabuhayan nila.”
Martinez said that as in previous cases of evacuation from conflict-ridden nations, most OFWs would opt to risk danger and death instead of job insecurity when they return to the Philippines. “This is the saddest reality for our OFWs, especially now in light of soaring prices of basic commodities and utilities,” he said.
He called on the Aquino administration to immediately address the employment and livelihood of all repatriated OFWs, not only from Egypt but from elsewhere.
“Hindi sasapat ang P10,000 na reintegration training package na ipinagmamalaki ng DFA at OWWA. Ang kailangan ngating mga kababayan ay trabahong nakabubuhay at may katiyakan. ” ###