A labor group urged the government to craft an evacuation plan for Overseas Filipino Workers in the Middle East following the recent incident in the region. Raymond Mendoza, Trade Union Congress of the Philippine President and Partylist Representative, urges President Rodrigo Duterte to assemble government agencies to draft a plan in case the situation in the Middle East worsens.
“With the growing instability in that region, there is an urgent need for a Philippine government escape plan that takes every OFWs from harm’s way either by land, sea or air. We therefore call on the President to convene a multi-government agency panel that would device an early escape plan which would lead or supervise a possible relocation or repatriation of our OFWs before they are directly affected by the escalating armed conflict in the region,” states Raymond Mendoza, Trade Union Congress of the Philippine President and Partylist Representative, in an article by the Philippine News Agency.
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