By Leslie Ann Aquino
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday ordered the immediate suspension of welfare officer Danilo Flores of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai for alleged misconduct.
The labor chief also ordered the conduct of an investigation to determine Flores’ culpability for alleged misbehavior in dealing with overseas Filipino workers.
According to the Labor department, the order stemmed from an incident that transpired on April 16 between an OFW and Flores which went viral on Facebook.
“The said incident occurred in the course of the distribution of the OWWA food aid package for OFWs in Dubai and the Northern Emirates who have been displaced by the ongoing COVID-19,” said DOLE in a statement.
Bello said Flores is placed on suspension from the performance of his duties as welfare officer pending investigation of the incident.
The secretary assured the public of DOLE’s continuing welfare and assistance programs for OFWs.