Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Kingdom have been urged to register with the Philippine Embassy and the Consulate General in Jeddah so that assistance could be extended to them effectively.
“I am calling on all Filipinos in the central, Riyadh, and eastern regions of the Kingdom to register with the Philippine Embassy. It’s one way of reaching out to them in case of emergency,” Philippine Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago told Arab News on Thursday.
He said one advantage of compliance by OFWs is that they could be informed in case of emergency while they are traveling.
“Their relatives in the Philippines may not know their whereabouts or want to know about their situation after they have arrived in the Kingdom or while they are here. In that case, we could easily get in touch with them and relay the message,” Tago said.
He added that the number of registrants would also give the embassy an idea regarding the total number of OFWs in the Kingdom. The Saudi Ministry of Interior records show that there are 674,000 OFWs in Saudi Arabia — 250,000 are in Riyadh region, 150,000 in the Eastern Province, and 60,000 in Qassim. In Jeddah, Consul General Uriel Norman Garibay made a similar call. He said, “When there’s a need to assemble OFWs in remote areas of the Kingdom, we would know the number.”
It is important for the embassy or consulate to know the number of OFWs in the Kingdom. “This is possible only if the OFWs register with the embassy or consulate,” said Garibay, who estimated the number of OFWs around 170,000 in the western region. He urged all OFWs in the western region to heed his call.
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