Private sector urged to re-channel efforts to aid in protection of OFWs in distress

An international alliance of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) today urged the private sector to re-channel initiatives and efforts to aid in the protection of OFWs in distress.

Migrante International released this statement after the launching of “VIP lounges” for OFWs in all Ayala mall chains.

“While we always welcome efforts such as these, we believe that they are still aimed mainly to profit from OFW and their families. To better help our OFWs, especially those in distress and crisis situations, we urge the private sector to re-channel their funds and resources to aid in much-needed protection of our OFWs,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chairperson.

He cited the plight of at least 20,000 OFWs in Middle East who are awaiting repatriation but remain stranded to this day because of lack of government funds. There are also thousands more who have registered their appeal to the government to be evacuated from conflict-ridden parts of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Martinez said.

Martinez said that malls earn most from OFW remittances from purchases and revenues incurred by their remittance and money transfer centers. ###