Migrante-Middle East said it had received numerous requests for assistance from OFWs and “several new hires” who could not travel to Bahrain to return to work or report to their new employers as a result of the ban.
“There are several new hires... requesting us to make representation to the concerned Philippine authorities to allow them to travel in Bahrain so that they could report to their respective work amid high rate of unemployment in the Philippines and spiraling prices of goods and services,” John Leonard Monterona, the group's regional coordinator, said.
On April 16, Migrante-Middle East sent a letter to Ambassador Corazon Yap-Bahjin urging her to consider lowering the alert on
It also asked Bahjin to scrap the waiver requirement imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency as a condition for OFWs returning to
Migrante said the government “can’t relinquish its primary responsibility of protecting its own Filipino workers abroad.”