This blog contains postings of news clippings that concerns Overseas Filipinos, Migration and my diary of important events as an Overseas Filipino Worker in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Bong Amora
OFW in Distress “A visit to Philippine Consulate-Jeddah”
06 June 2007/Wed/22:00hrs
With KFSHRC-Jeddah colleagues: Philip Alinas, Eden Castillejo, Norma Pineda and myself, we met at the gate of PHILCONJEDD other Pinoy samaritans: Boyet, a frequent cheerful feeder/food provider with no affiliation, and a person-representative from the Jeddah OFWCC, the association who sponsors periodic PC & IT knowledge seminars around Jeddah, known to the Phil Consulate staff.
As we met all at the gate, Boyet and group loaded with usual food to feed the OFWs inside for this particular time, we gained access at the gate without all of us KFSHRC-Jeddah staff being checked for identification purposes, thanks for Boyet and his group.
As I only write what we see/saw, together with my KFSHRC-Jeddah colleagues, upon entering the big gates opened (with a Saudi Police stationed outside the gate), the quadrangle of the Consulate, estimated at 1000 sq.mtr. wide, LAY OUR KABAYANS, all male, with “improvised beds” to spend the whole night under an open air of the Consulate’s quadrangle improvised beds: cartons, cloth, papers at any site of the sprawling estimated 1,000 sq.mtr. wide cemented ground, all looking sad, without any smile, ignorantly looking at us, who by their looks, we were all made SPEECHLESS, the first time I have been to the Consulate very late at night with these bodies sprawling at any position they could find convenience at any points on the ground seeing all our kabayans, OFWs at this “nakakaluhang” sight all of them males, numbering at estimated more or less 100 pinagkakakasya ang kani-kanilang mga katawan upang maiprotekta ang sarili sa hamog, sa lamok, at sa ibang kinakaya na lang nilang magiging masamang epekto ng kung anong sakit ang dadapo sa kanilang lahat sa pagtulog sa malamig na semento ng quarangle ng Phil Consulate Jeddah.
Lahat nakatingin sa amin habang tinutulungan po namin ang Grupo ni ka Boyet na malimitang nagmamagandang loob lagi upang sila’y dalhan sa loob ng pagkain (yesterday night, Boyet and Group brought along with them a big kaldero with macaroni soup, matched by bread, and with my KFSHRC-Jeddah 2 ladies’ supplementary bread din po).
We have not met any Consular staff but was accommodated by Ms. Elizabeth Azupre (Teamleader E, of the stranded OFWs (they are at my surprise, organized too), and also Mr. Wilson, etal.
As Boyet’s group is already known to these stranded OFW kabayans, we (Philip, Eden & Norma) introduced ourselves and our purpose of our pre-visit survey.
On my part as 1st Vice-President Global, United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Devt, Inc. thru Yahoogroup, and as a Jeddah Coordinator, with Eden, Philip & Norma as my colleagues at KFSHRC- Jeddah.
For the Hawak-Kamay Gabay Baile Association, my colleague, Ms. Remedios Ramos as its Adviser and of their President Mr. Mel Bargamento, I briefed Beth (Elizabeth Azupre & Wilson, etal) that this Samaritan Jeddah “ballroom dancing group” have also EXPRESSED THEIR USUAL FILIPINO GESTURE of in their own little way, side by side with us KFSHRC-Jeddah hospital Pinoy staff, their help and assistance in any manner they too could provide and extend.
For King Faisal Specialist Hospital-Jeddah, Eden Castillejo, though a UFWCD-ian, has expressed her voluntary offer of her services to GATHER and CONVINCE volunteering and willing KFSHRC-Jeddah Hospital Filipino ladies staff on this matter. (with Norma Pineda to help too).
For Philip David Alinas (Pharmacy Dept-KFSHRC-Jeddah), he will tap his christian church to do the same, at their church services tomorrow, Friday, 08June2k7.
FOR EVERYBODY’s FIRST HAND INFORMATION, PLEASE FIND ELIZABETH AZUPRE’s, together with Wilson’s, SATISFYING RESPONSES TO OUR INITIAL INQUIRIES AS AND WHEN DIRECTLY ASKED:
(A) HOW MANY ESTIMATED OFWs STRANDED/DISTRESSED NOW AT THE CONSULATE?
Total OFWs Stranded as of yesterday, 06June2k7: Attached is a list of accounted stranded OFWs, numbering 62. 51 males, 11 females.
There were another new wave numbering 30, all males yesterday, 06June2k7. Bringing it to 92. These 30 are not in the list, yet to be accounted properly and provided to us.According to Beth, estimated OFWs stranded, together with others who, by chance, were able to go out of the Consulate perimeter and to earn a living on which way they could, and others who visit some friends outside the Consulate, the estimated no. is more than a 100.In my opinion, together with us 4, the estimate, is 150 to say the least, in order that we WILL NEVER BE SHORT in our guess when bringing in the provided goods and help that WE ALL COULD (KFSHRC-JEDDAH, UFWCD GLOBAL, HAWAK-KAMAY GABAY BAILE ASSN.)
(B) HOW LONG WERE THESE OFWs STRANDED?
According to Beth, the longest were 2 months maximum and 2 weeks minimum, plus the new wave 30 plus yesterday.
Elizabeth has been inside the Consulate for more thank 2 weeks time, waiting for puposes of processing her flight back home, still unclear as the days go by.
(C) WHAT IS THE MAIN REASON FOR ALL OF THESE OFWs’ BEING STUCK-UP AND/OR STRANDED?
With uniformity in response, both Beth & Wilson, and the other OFWs, all of them smilingly responded THAT THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH THE ONE-WAY TICKET TO BE PROVIDED IN SENDING THEM HOME.
THE QUESTION IS, ACCORDING TO THEM, IT IS THE “EXIT” VISA THAT IS TAKING THE CONSULATE LONG IN SOLVING OUT THIS MATTER, (WITH A GUESSING RESPONSE…) MAYBE, OUR PHIL CONSULAR IS HAVING A DIFFICULTY WITH ITS SAUDI COUNTERPART THAT IS MAKING THESE OFWs TO SWELL MORE RE: THESE NUMBERS WHO ARE STRANDED.
Getting it directly from these people, this response I assume is of SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR CONSULATE TO THRESH OUT, given that we may know of something else or someone that we could approach of in Jeddah to facilitate these stranded OFWs fast repatriation, I together with Philip, Eden & Norma responded, that clearly IT IS NOT OUR INTENTION OR ANY OF THAT PURPOSE TO INTERFERE WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THE CONSULATE WHICHto our opinion is a matter, GOVT TO GOVT to sort and solve themselves.
ON THIS MATTER, I, AS A RESPONSIBLE UFWCD GLOBAL OFFICER, HAVING IN MIND THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS GLOBAL YAHOOGROUP TOGETHER WITH MY CO-GLOBAL OFFICERS’ AND ADVISERS’, INCLUDING THE SENIOR MEMBERS OF UFWCD SCATTERED ALL AROUND THE GLOBE, GOAL-WISE, THEIR ONLY WISH/ES TO GO FOR A MOVE THAT IS FOR THE NEEDY AND THOSE THAT NEED HELP AT ANY GIVEN TIME ANDLOCATION SHALL ADOPT IN JEDDAH, A MOVE TO GO, WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH OUR PHIL GOVT OFFICIALS AND ITS DESIGNATED PHIL CONSULATE JEDDAH STAFF TO WORK ONCE AND FOR ALL, FOR THAT HELP AND ASSISTANCE THESE STRANDED OFWs NEEDED.
BLANKETLY PLACING FIRST AND FOREMOST IN MIND, A HUMANE GESTURE WHERE OUR GLOBAL UFWCD, SACREDLY HAS PLACED IN WRITING, ITS GOALS & MISSION, COPY ATTACHED, FOR EVERYONE TO FOLLOW:WE WORK, MOVE, HELP, PROVIDE AND UPLIFT, NOT TO STUCK-UP OR PUT DOWN ANOTHER KABAYAN, INDIVIDUAL MAN SIYA OR A GROUP, GOVT MAN OR PRIVATE ENTITY, AS WE BELIEVE IN UFWCD GLOBAL YAHOOGROUP, TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE NOW THAT WHICH COULD CONSTRUCTIVELY ALL IN UNISON, “United We Stand ALL Pinoys, Divided We Fall”. ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL.
Let us ALL BE A PART side by side with the Gov’t to UPLIFT, ALLEVIATE, OFFER OUR “MGA KAMAY” when SUCH THINGS IN EMERGENCY HAPPENS LIKE THIS.TENTATIVE DATE FOR GOODS DISTRIBUTION is scheduled on next Thursday, 14 June 2007, afternoon, after the Phil Consulate Jeddah office closes.
Jun C. Macaranas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
1st VP-UFWCD Global Yahoogroup
United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Devt., Inc.
(Phil. Registered Securities and Exchange Commission)
King Faisal Specialist Hospital-Jeddah
Eden Castillejo (email@example.com)
for: King Faisal Specialist Hospital-Jeddah
Philip David Alinas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for: Christian Church, Jeddah
King Faisal Specialist Hosp-Jeddah, Pharmacy Dept.
Norma G. Pineda (email@example.com)
for: King Faisal Specialist Hosp-Jeddah
SPECIAL MENTION TO:
Hawak-Kamay Gabay Baile Association, Jeddah and Saudi Oger-Jeddah: Mr. Mel Bargamento, Ms. Remi Ramos, Dennis Follosco, Mr. Gerone Atienza.
LISTS OF OFW’S (Male/Female) HOUSED AT PHILIPPINE CONSULATE/BAHAY KANLUNGA IN JEDDAH as of 6 June 2007
group family name first origin mobile *
1 Sorono, Carino S. KHOBAR 0507-000658
2 Sagisi, Felipe R. ABHA 0553-925481
3 Unnagan,Nilo O. ABHA 0564-706932
4 Junio, Isabelito V. QASSIM
5 Mancio, Salvador B. QASSIM 0506-470693
6 Quine, Marvin C. QASSIM 0509-145472
7 Rayo, Edwin P. QASSIM 0561-160017
8 Olip, Ireneo A. QATIF 0562-056987
9 Gaa, Joel Gaas BURAYDAH 0509-857759
1 Amazon, Christopher T. DAMMAM 0563-277842
2 Dela Cruz, Reynante R. DAMMAM 0551-018625
3 Irlandez,Wilfredo M. DAMMAM 0553-202935
4 Mendioro,George S. DAMMAM 0553-106929
5 Mendioro,Joey S. DAMMAM 0553-100929
6 Munalem,Paul C. DAMMAM 0563-124254
7 Samson, Orlando G. JIZAN
8 Estoy, Carlos F. JUBAIL
1 Peralta, Bernardo V. JEDDAH 0567-756094
2 Amella, Basser B. JEDDAH 0508-690927
3 Baluyot,Rogelio D. JEDDAH 0556-536228
4 Cabusora, Engelbert P. JEDDAH 0556-542687
5 Sulit, Resty S. JEDDAH 0919-8689786
6 Torres, Antonio C. JEDDAH 0563-124254
7 Rivera, Alfredo D. JEDDAH 0567-212485
8 Mungcal,Mar M. JEDDAH 0556-513127
1 Quianio, Wilson D. RIYADH 0563-864534
2 Chinalpan, Jeremy P. RIYADH 0564-706932
3 Palacay, Angelito D. RIYADH 0566-024802
4 Pineda, Jesus J. RIYADH 0569-062096
5 Vertudez, Napoleon P. RIYADH 0553-877516
6 Viaje, Danilo L. RIYADH
7 Pica, Rafael G. NAJRAN 0556-927989
8 Manalo, Noel E. RIYADH
1 Azupre, Elizabeth B. JEDDAH 0553-751815
2 Lattao, Paz T. LEBANON 0501-526528
3 Malagamba,Suzette D. JEDDAH 0501-624914
4 Qaquillo,Anicia C. JEDDAH 0508-610529
5 Tambi, Jaharia B. JEDDAH 0501-667696
6 Cepeda, Rosalie G. JEDDAH 0501-951774
7 Abo, Norma U. JEDDAH 0567-053741
8 Naduaran,Irene C. DAMMAM 0559-714529
9 Pangilinan,Ace L. JEDDAH 0563-534531
10 Legreso,Vergenita S. JEDDAH 0566-468224
11 Amorin, Rosemarie M. JEDDAH
1 Mariano, Dennis D. RIYADH 0502-237932
2 Barbecho,Marcelino B. BAHA 0551-412279
3 Condez, Nestor G. QASSIM
4 Lugtu, Rudy R. QASSIM 0506-037626
5 Oliveros,Rolando QASSIM
6 Villarez,Eric L. DAMMAM
7 Yumul, Aristotle C. JIZAN 0552-367603
8 Puyat, Aries JUBAIL 0507-700185
9 Ramos, Reynaldo M. RIYADH 0564-508801
1 Manalo, Elmer G. RIYADH 0565-284549
2 Irinco, Francisco V. DAMMAM 0501-477908
3 Joven, Fernando A. JEDDAH
4 San Diego,Ibrahim JEDDAH
5 Moradas,Roger Q. JUBAIL 0559-613142
6 Espina, Reuben D. RIYADH 0503-958179
7 Lambayong Jr.,Marcial J.RIYADH 0559-613142
8 Puasan, Richieland R. RIYADH 0552-366735
9 Macapigis,Talal A. JEDDAH 0503-472797
62 Grand Total