The temporary deployment ban of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Qatar was declared by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Tuesday due to a severed tie and closed of borders in the kingdom that expected to put difficulties of entering supplies of basic commodities such as foods, water and medicine on their country.
Reports had created rumors that there had been food riot causing Filipinos flocking to nearby grocery stores to stock up foods, water and medicines in their houses.
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 7, 2017
Minda Obeidat, an OFW in Qatar explained on her post on Facebook that there is no food shortage in Qatar but the temporary deployment ban for OFW was implemented affecting only the new contracted workers to be deployed in the kingdom and returning employees but no effect to the Filipino workers with existing contract to work in Qatar.
Minda also appealed to fellow OFW’s in Qatar to post messages to inform their situation that they are in good condition.
Read here below the post of OFW Minda S. Obeidat:
“PARA SA INYONG KAALAMAN:
Totoo po ang TEMPORARY SUSPENSION ng mga OFW papuntang Qatar at kasama po sa suspension of travel yun mga nagbakasyon lang at pabalik na sa Qatar. Eto ay nag umpisa daw po kaninang hapon 1pm Manila time.
Pero, huwag po kayong magpanic ulit!!! dahil eto ay TEMPORARY lang. Maaring bukas o makalawa ay ma-lift na po at maibalik na sa normal.
Kaya nananawagan po ako sa lahat ng OFW sa Qatar na nasa Facebook ko at nakakabasa nito ngayon kung maari po ay mag post po kayo sa status niyo na MAAYOS PO ANG KALAGAYAN NATIN DITO SA QATAR AT MERON PO TAYONG SAPAT NA PAGKAIN KAYA HINDI TOTOO ANG BALITANG UMABOT SA PINAS NA NAGKAKAUBOSAN NA.
Nagpapasalamat din po ako sa ating gobyerno sa sobrang malasakit at pag aalala sa atin na bigyan priority ang ating kaligtasan. Subalit wala din naman pong dahilan na pigilan sa pag travel ang mga RESIDENCE WORKERS na dito sa Qatar dahil baka maging dahilan pa po nang pagkawalan nila ng trabaho. Salamat po!”
The Facebook post of Minda S. Obeidat reaches 4.6k likes and reactions, 4,268 shares and 964 comments upon posting.
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