03 January 2008
Mario Ben, Chairperson
Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS)
Tel. No. 056-574-521
Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan (KGS) would like to express its wishes for the swift recovery of the five seriously wounded OWWA officials especially of the Philippine embassy in Riyadh that figured in a recent road accident.
We pray for the five injured officials especially Welfare Officer Reynaldo Eugenio Jr., who dropped to comatose on his hospital bed to recover fast, as well as Taib Dumado, whose skull was fractured during the incident.
Aside from Reynaldo Eugenio and Taib Dumado, our prayers are also intended for labor staff-members Rene Literal, Mario Agustin Minerio and Jimmy Umag who also suffered injuires during that December 27 trip to Hafir Al-Baten, some 700 kilometers from Riyadh.
As we pray for their speedy recovery, we also hope that the Philippine embassy services to distress Filipino workers would continue despite the accident, doubly so that the long Eid holidays and year-end and vacation had virtually suspended these much needed services for our distressed compatriots..
We, KGS officers and members together with our friends and fellow migrants that would be gathering in a general assembly in the next few days in Riyadh, join hands with their families in their prayers of their loved ones that featured in the accident.
KGS work to foster camaraderie among OFW and our families as well as guarding and promoting our rights and welfare. We call on our Philippine embassy officials to remain steadfast in serving the Filipino community in Riyadh and other parts of Saudi Arabia especially the workers that run away from problems with heir employers as well as those who are languishing in jail and waiting freedom and repatriation.
There are around 500 Filipino workers in jail in the Kingdom.
(Kapatian sa Gitnang Silangan or KGS is a member organization of Migrante Saudi Arabia and is based in Riyadh, KSA).