POEA blacklists 4 Saudi firms for displacing OFWs

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Four large Saudi companies have been suspended by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) from hiring overseas Filipino workers (OFW) after displacing more than 11,000 of them recently .

POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said they already the deployment of OFWs for Saudi Oger, Ltd. (SOL), Saudi bin Ladin Group of Companies (SBG), Mohammed Al Mojil Group (MMG), and Mohammad Hameed Al-Bargash & Bros.

The firms are among the nine financially troubled Saudi companies which have been reported by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to have displaced at least 11,000 OFWs.

Cacdac pointed out they are currently also probing the other companies included in the list for possible violation of POEA regulations for OFWs.

The other five Saudi establishments are Alumco L.L.C., Rajeh H Al Merri Contracting & Trading Company, Fawzi Salah Al Nairani Contracting Company, Arabtec Construction L.L.C., and Real Estate Development and Investment Company.

“We are investigating the other employers on that list and will take appropriate action, which includes suspension of deployment, if it is warranted,” Cacdac said.

Cacdac issued the clarification after migrant advocate group, United Overseas Filipinos Worldwide (U-OFW), claimed they received reports that some of the nine aforementioned companies were still able to recruit OFWs despite their financial woes.

U-OFW convener John Monterona said vacationing OFWs of the beleaguered Saudi firms should also be warned since they are also at risk of being displaced.

“Even those OFW working for the nine companies who are on leave and still vacationing in the Philippines should be properly advised,” Monterona said.

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