Saudi health protocols force PH Labor Office to suspend admission of female OFWs in Bahay-Kalinga

Published October 16, 2021, 1:42 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has announced the suspension of admission of female overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Bahay-Kalinga to abide by health protocols set by the Kingdom.

(Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Jeddah Facebook Page)

Bahay-Kalinga is a shelter for distressed OFWs run by the POLO.

In its Advisory No. 20-2021, the POLO in Jeddah said it has suspended the admission of female OFWs in Bahay-Kalinga starting October 14, 2021.

The move is in compliance with the health protocols set by the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“We are suspending the admission of female OFWs being surrendered by their employees due to health and safety concerns,” the advisory read.

Employers of concerned OFWs were directed to content the Foreign Recruitment Agency (FRA) of the worker to provide the needed accommodation.

The POLO likewise directed agency owners and their liaison officers to be proactive in addressing the concerns of their workers.

It, however, vowed to be “always ready to provide needed assistance.”