Philippines – The Philippine government on Monday April 20 has pursue its aid to oversease Filipino workers (OFWs) affected by Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the suspension of assigned Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) welfare officer Danilo Flores there.
Flores faces administrative suspension imposed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III after a video went viral on Facebook that the welfare officer cursed OFW Joy Parafina, says in the video on April 16, which put on hold the distribution of food assistance, reports said.
“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,” Bello III said in a statement Friday.
In her viral video, Parafina said she visited WestZone supermarket to claim her assistance from POLO Dubai and Oversease Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). She said that Flores had picked up her call, which escalated into a row after Flores allegedly hurled insults and profane language at her.
For the video, Raju Gidwani who is the director of WestZone where the foods being packed and distributed said in a report, “although we understand the situation, unfortunately, she made that video without being fully aware of the correct information, which is discouraging to people who are just trying to help the Filipino community at this very difficult time.” It added that Gidwani was “very disappointed” by the allegations pushed by Parafina.
The report says that Gidwani said the distribution of relief packages will resume on Tuesday April 21.
Meanwhile, in Dubai, the update on Department of Labor and Employment’s AED 730 cash assistance has furnished on Monday by Philippine Consulate General Paul Raymund Cortes which 10,933 OFW beneficiaries have received while 3,004 applications evaluated.