Gatchalian calls for protection of OFWs in professional sector

Senator Shwerin Gatchalian has urged the government to also prioritize looking into abuses happening to professional workers abroad.

After the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to have a deployment ban in Kuwait, Sen. Gatchalian said that the government should also look after the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the professional field.

“Itong mga ganitong pang-aabuso, madalas sa mga domestic workers ‘yan; but we cannot isolate the fact na mayroon ding mga professional or iba pang OFW natin na nasa professional sector ang nabibiktima rin,” Gatchalian said over an interview with radio station dzBb.

Gatchalian related an incident he personally noticed during a visit in the Philippine Embassy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi where different of treatment between men and women are obvious.

“Yung mga ganitong bagay ay dapat ring tingnan at hindi naman ito limitado sa mga domestic helpers, kundi puwede ding maabuso yung mga others workers natin,” Gatchalian said.

“So tingnan din natin yung statistical kung sino-sino ba yung mga taong naaabuso,” the senator added.

Calls for OFW protection has been ringing since the discovery of a Filipina worker in Kuwait who was found dead inside a freezer.

“We do not intend to offend any government or anyone, but if ban is what is needed, then let it be so. The ban continues today, I don’t know up to what time. I declared it early this morning. It is totally unacceptable to me,” Duterte said.