RIYADH, 9 MAY 2012: The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh condoles with the family of a female ward who died today at Bahay Kalinga.
Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago offered his sincere condolences to the family of a ward who died at today at Bahay Kalinga despite persistent attempts by the Embassy and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Riyadh to seek medical attention for her. The female ward was admitted to Bahay Kalinga on 17 April 2012. She was already suffering from an advanced stage of breast cancer.
She had absconded from her employer in 2009 and only sought the Embassy’s assistance recently. She was brought by the Embassy thrice to hospitals in the Kingdom but was refused admission for not having valid immigration documents.
“In behalf of the entire Embassy, I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of our dear kababayan. The Embassy in now coordinating with concerned Saudi authorities for the immediate repatriation of her remains to the Philippines,” said Ambassador Tago.
The Embassy has informed the family of the deceased in the Philippines of the incident. The name of the female ward is being withheld to protect the privacy of her family.
The Embassy reminds all Filipinos to immediately seek the assistance of the Embassy and POLO Offices for any employment-related complaints. All Filipinos in the Kingdom who have employment and immigration concerns are advised to immediately report to the Embassy and POLO Offices in the Kingdom to avoid situations requiring urgent intervention such as terminal health conditions. END.