Arroyo takes 120 distressed OFWs home

Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr. & Abdul Hannan Tago; 26/9/09

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo left the Kingdom on Thursday with 120 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who had been camping out under the Kandara bridge in Jeddah. Another four flew out by commercial flight since they had already been booked, according to a reliable source. Arroyo was one of the dignitaries attending the inauguration of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, about 80 km north of Jeddah, on Wednesday. She had earlier met OFWs in Alkhobar and Jeddah during her three-day visit. Many of the stranded OFWs were runaways or overstayers who had either been abused by their employers or were not paid their salaries. Many of them came from Alkhobar and Riyadh but opted to travel to Jeddah where they thought it would be easier to leave and return home to the Philippines.


Unclaimed bodies of foreign workers to be laid to rest
Hani Hazaimeh; 26/9/09
The Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) will arrange for the burial of several deceased foreign domestic helpers whose bodies have not been claimed by their relevant embassies in the Kingdom. “There are several deceased domestic helpers of different nationalities whose bodies have not been claimed, although we have notified their diplomatic missions. We have contacted GAM to bury the bodies, which have been lying in the morgue for more than one month,” Director of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine (NIFM) Momen Hadidi told The Jordan Times in a phone interview on Thursday. He declined to specify the number of domestic helpers’ bodies or the circumstances surrounding their deaths.