Migrant workers and their families led by Migrante stormed the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration office last March 16 to protest the agency’s inaction on the plight of stranded Filipinos abroad.
Migrante says that OWWA forces them to pay for so-called protection funds for Filipino workers abroad but does nothing when needed.
At the moment, hundreds of migrant workers are stranded in Saudi Arabia alone but are not being repatriated by the Aquino government.
Migrante demands that the government use their welfare funds to help stranded Filipino workers abroad.
The protesters are also demanding that assistance claims must be given to OFWs as well as an accounting of the 18 billion peso OWWA fund.