OFWs in Israel encouraged to contact Peso-Iloilo City for assistance

GAZA. Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Yassin Mosque destroyed after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, early Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. Israel's military battled to drive Hamas fighters out of southern towns and seal its borders Monday as it pounded the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Yassin Mosque destroyed after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, early Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. Israel's military battled to drive Hamas fighters out of southern towns and seal its borders Monday as it pounded the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
GAZA. Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Yassin Mosque destroyed after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, early Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. Israel's military battled to drive Hamas fighters out of southern towns and seal its borders Monday as it pounded the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)Palestinians inspect the rubble of the Yassin Mosque destroyed after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike at Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, early Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. Israel's military battled to drive Hamas fighters out of southern towns and seal its borders Monday as it pounded the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

AMID the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict in the Middle East, the Iloilo City Government has taken a step to ensure the safety of 18 Ilonggo overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Israel.

The Public Employment Services Office (Peso) Iloilo City reactivated its OFW Help Desk, providing support since the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 and now the Israel-Hamas conflict on Thursday, October 12, 2023

Gabriel Felix Umadhay, manager of Peso-Iloilo City, confirmed that the city has established contact with these OFWs in Israel through their families.

All 18 OFWs are reported to be in a safe condition, with the majority or 12 of them working as caregivers, while others hold positions as engineers, nurses, and hotel workers.

“Gapanawagan gid kita nga kon sin o ang nagakinahanglan bulig sa ila mga pamilya nga ara sa Israel nga ara sa war zone area nga makig angot sa Peso-Iloilo City through 333-1111 (local 517)," said Umadhay.

As of the latest update, three of the monitored OFWs are situated in the war zone and have sought refuge in bomb shelters. The city's help desk will continue to closely monitor their situation and stand ready to assist, particularly if they express a desire to return home.

Umadhay urged the families of OFWs to reach out to the help desk and report details about their relatives in Israel. The city is ready to coordinate with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) and other government agencies to assist these families.

"Pwede ninyo ma-report kon ano ang sitwasyon sang inyo mga himata kag para ma-coordinate namon sa Owwa and other concerned agencies sang gobyerno agud mabuligan sila,” said Umadhay.

The Peso-Iloilo City office in City Hall and its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PesoIloiloCityOfficial) are accessible for reporting or seeking assistance.

Likewise, the City Government is prepared to offer livelihood and cash assistance through the Department of Social Welfare and Development for OFWs who wish to come home. <b>(SunStar Philippines)</b>

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