President charms overseas workers in Bahrain

BY PRINCE GOLEZ

Monday, April 17, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte (center) poses with the Filipino staff of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Bahrain on Thursday where he was treated to a lunch by His Royal Highness Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa. PCOO

MANILA – In front of some 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Bahrain, President Rodrigo Duterte promised that his administration will provide a clean and corrupt-free government.

To enable OFWs to return home, Duterte said that his government is stepping up its fight against corruption.

Ang OFW kasi alam ko gusto ninyong mahinto na talaga ‘yung corruption para aangat ang bayan natin. And maybe the next generation can really come home,” he said.

Migrant workers were also urged to be “assertive” in supporting anti-corruption efforts particularly in the Bureau of Immigration and Bureau of Customs.  

“‘Pag ka may hinigian kayo at hindi karapat-dapat, kay ma-Custom, BIR, Immigration, sabihin na lang ninyo, ‘loko-loko ka, bakit ako magbayad? Huwag mo ako lokohin as a Filipino. Kay sabi ni Duterte, sasampalin kita. At kung ma-demanda ka, malaman ko, anong dahilan sa pag-away. ‘Eh kinokolektahan kami, birth certificate, statistics, doon sa Overseas’,” Duterte said in a speech during his meeting with the Filipino community in Bahrain.

Meanwhile, the President vowed to create a department that will focus mainly on the OFWs.

“In a few months you will have a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers,” he said.

The new department, according to him, is expected to reduce paper processing time from six weeks to only three weeks and stamp out “fly by night” recruitment agencies.

“You can use the online at kayo doon kung gusto maghanap ng trabaho, you just direct kung ano at ilista na ninyo diyan at mamili kayo, then you apply online,” the President said./PN