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POLO-OWWA recognises Filipino community groups for helping distressed workers
 
Ailyn Agonia | Doha


THE Philippine Overseas Labor Office and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (POLO-OWWA) recognised several Filipino organisations in Qatar for helping distressed Filipino workers from time to time, during the annual celebration of Labor Day (Araw ng Paggawa 2016) in Doha on Friday.The ceremony was attended by Philippine Ambassador to Qatar HE Wilfredo C Santos.

Underscoring the importance of the support of different Filipino organisations in Qatar to POLO-OWWA, the Philippine Labor Attache David Des Dicang said that the groups conducted outreach programmes for the distressed Filipino workers temporarily under the supervision of POLO-OWWA.

We thank our labour force in Qatar for their hard work.

We also thank our community leaders who inspire us to do more for the community in terms of reaching out to Filipino workers in need in the country, Dicang said.The organisations that were awarded included religious groups, regional and professional organisations, brotherhoods, groups of hobbyists and womens and advocacy groups.We have more than 200,000 Filipinos in Qatar and we have only about 42 staff in the Embassy.

We would like to express our appreciation to different organisations for sacrificing their time and efforts to help us attend to the needs of our compatriots, Santos added.On the occasion, the envoy also reiterated the commitment of the Embassy and POLO towards ensuring decent jobs for Filipinos in the country aside from looking after their rights and welfare.

He acknowledged the cooperation of recruitment agencies, employers and the workers themselves in helping them fulfil this goal.Santos, who marked the first year of his assignment in Doha as ambassador on the same day, also mentioned the efforts of the Embassy to provide better service to the Filipino expats in Doha including a plan to relocate the Embassy and POLO in a more accessible location with better facilities.

He also reminded the nationals who are yet to cast their votes for the Philippine national elections to visit the Embassy and perform their civic duty until May 9.The event which concluded with a community lunch was attended by various community leaders including the officers of the United Filipino Organizations in Qatar (UFOQ) headed by Chairman Ed Anami, Vice Chairman Ressie Fos and Secretary Delfin Montenegro.


 
 

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