09 February 2008
OFWs want Total Scrapping of MC-04, not Selective implementation – Migrante Middle East
An alliance of Overseas Filipino workers based in the Middle East expressed its disappointment on the decision of the POEA Board after its Friday meeting to selectively implement MC-04.
“The POEA Board chaired by Sec. Brion is acting without or lack of reason by reaching a decision of selectively implementing MC-04. They did not listen to the popular demands of millions of OFWs in the Middle East,” said John L.C. Monterona, Migrante Middle East Regional Coordinator.
Monterona said that performance bond & repatriation bond which will be arranged by the worker’s employer are not a guarantee that OFWs’ rights will be protected & their welfare be advanced.
“Sec. Brion is so naive from our real-life experiences here abroad. The performance bond & repatriation bond requirement could be easily passed on by the employers to OFWs’ shoulder by deducting their monthly salary,” Monterona exclaimed.
“Let me share below feedbacks to Sec. Brion, who can’t understand the real difficulty of an OFW, coming from our fellow OFWs in the different part of the Middle East ,” Monterona added.
From: Ompong Santos (dajj290298@ gmail.com)
in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 7:08 PM
Kanselahin na kasi kagad, walang patutunguhan 'yang MC4 na 'yan. Walang ka-kwenta -kwentang pag-usapan din. Kung sino man ang author n'yan, i-firing squad kaagad. I'm sure walang pamilya na umaasa diyan.
From: John in Dubai, UAE
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 1:23 AM
Syempre malaki pera yan, malaki na naman makukurakot nila, isa pa baka nagtayo na rin 'yan ng maraming agency, marami pera, 'di ba? Kawawa naman ang manggagawang Pinoy. Silang nasa pwesto ang secure, 'di ba? Hindi kasi sila ang nag-a-abroad e kaya ganyan. Kapal n'yo sa gobyerno.
From: Name withheld in Dubai, UAE
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 2:54 PM
Maawa po kayo sa mga Filipino dito. Maraming employers na dito sa Dubai ang ayaw kumuha ng employees sa Pilipinas dahil po sa babayaran na $8,000.00. Ang sabi din po ng boss ko sino ba daw mag-benefit na alam daw n'ya na corrupt" ang bansa natin. Maawa ang DOLE kasi yan ay ipapasa sa mga taong kukunin nila sa Pinas. May kilala ako na 2 taon na n'yang binabayan ang lahat ng ginastos ng kompanya n'ya. Ito ang problema na dapat lutasin ng DOLE. Ang komentaryo ng ibang lahi dito mas maigi pang kumuha ka ng ibang lahi wag lang Pinoy dahil sa maraming "guidelines" at may babayaran ka pa. 'Di tulad sa India pagkumuha ka ng direct hiring, authentication (AED 200.00) lang wala ng ibang paper works. Sa consulate natin magbabayad pa sila ng AED902+$300 sa agency. Sana isipin nila na mapabuti ang kapwa Pilipino dito at hindi para pahirapan. Maawa kayo sa aming OFW.
Migrante is challenging Sec. Brion to pay visit at different countries here in the Middle East so that he can personally hear the sentiments of our fellow OFWs.
“If after his visit in the Middle East , he still couldn’t realize what is his fault implementing MC-04, then he should better work as an OFW here,” Monterona said.
Migrante said that the problem with a technocrat like Sec. Brion is that he couldn’t see the real-life effects of a policy as long as it is being implemented so that the government could elude its foremost responsibility to us OFWs and gain more money for the most corrupt and anti-OFW Arroyo government.
“If he sees defect in the Labor Law pertaining to overseas work, by good reason he should not apply it at all, just like in this case,” Monterona added.
“Migrante Chapters and members in the entire Middle East vow intensify their campaign to totally scrap MC-04 and will re-echo the our call for Mrs. Arroyo’s immediate resignation involving her family members in the anomalous ZTE NBN deal and her criminal neglect to OFWs’ rights, welfare & protection,” Monterona ended. # # #
Migrante Middle-East Regional Coordinator
Mobile No.: 0966 564 97 8012