By CHERYLL D. FIEL
Gary Martinez, International Chairperson of Migrante says their organization has helped 15 of these OFWs finally return to the country last Saturday, two of them are from Davao City. “They can talk about how they were treated by embassy officials in Riyadh,” he says.
Alfred Bulasa (left), a worker in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is one of the thousands affected by the “Saudization” policy in the Middle East which required foreign workers to have working VISAs and EQAMAs (residence permits). Those who don’t have these were given three months to either go home or find another employer, otherwise, they will be imprisoned for a year and employers will be made to pay the penalties. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani)