Locsin orders DFA to find OFW missing since last year

No excuses. No laziness.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (File photo/Malacañang)

This was how Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. wants his department to act on the case of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who has been reported missing since December 2021.

Locsin has directed Undersecretary Brigido Dulay to attend to this matter as soon as possible.

"Do it same way we’ve done it especially in pandemic: no excuses, no laziness, no bureaucratic shit; only instant action and concrete results," Locsin said on Twitter on Friday, April 15 as he was responding to a netizen's call for help.

The missing Filipino worker was reportedly not in contact with his family in Palawan since early December last year. This prompted his family to report the case to authorities.

It was disclosed that the OFW, identified as Joel Tambal, 30, left for Korea last year but he together with two other workers from Palawan were deployed to a Chinese fishing vessel instead of being emplyed by a Korean firm.

The recruitment agency that hired Tambal was also suspended due to various labor violations, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) confirmed.

"@dododulay (Undersecretary Dulay) attend to this ASAP (as soon as possible)," Locsin said.