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Iloilo City Govt: Ilonggo OFWs are safe in Israel

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- Ilonggo Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) based in Israel are in a safe situation amid the war in the said country against the Hamas militants, according to the Iloilo City government.

The Public Employment Services Office (PESO) of the city government has activated its OFW Help Desk with the aim of monitoring and providing assistance to Ilonggo OFWs in need.

PESO-Iloilo City Manager Gabriel Felix Umadhay said that they have coordinated with their families and were able to reach out to these 18 migrant Ilonggos in Israel.

Majority or 12 of them, are caregivers, while the rest are engineers, nurses, and hotel workers.

Umadhay noted that three of them are located in the war zone and taking protection in a bomb shelter as of October 11, 2023.

He also assured that the city’s help desk will continue to monitor their situation and be ready to assist, especially if they want to go home.

Families were likewise told to reach out to the help desk and report if they have relatives in Israel.

“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).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 (We are calling on for those individuals whose families need help in Israel to coordinate with PESO Iloilo City. You can also report the situation of your relatives and coordinate with OWWA and other concerned government agencies so that we could help them),” said Umadhay.

PESO-Iloilo City office in City Hall and its Facebook page (PESO-Iloilo City) are also open for those who want to report or are in need of assistance.

Umadhay added that the city government is ready to provide livelihood as well as cash assistance through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for those who want to come home.

Meanwhile, in a report with the Presidential Communications Office, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. emphasized that the Philippines is now working closely with their Israeli counterparts to ensure the safety of the OFWs and the Filipino community in the war-torn country. 

President Marcos added the Philippine government will immediately conduct the needed repatriation efforts for affected Filipinos in Israel when the Israeli government started to open its “humanitarian corridors.”(AAL/LMLE/PIA Iloilo/Iloilo City PIO/PCO)

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