Nearly two months after the Philippine Ambassador to
On September 30, PHL ambassador to Saudi Arabia Antonio Villamor has been recalled by the Aquino government after giving him 3-months term extension in transition while the Aquino administration is still looking for its own appointee as a replacement.
Ambassador Villamor is a political appointee of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; he was re-assigned as RP ambassador to
Jeddah-based PHL Consul General Ezzadin Tago has been designated as Charge de Affairs, ad interim, at the PHL embassy in
On October 9, an alliance of Filipino migrants group active on OFWs rights and welfare advocacy based in
The Saudi-based OFW leader further said that he could well remember the President's promise of changing the decadent government system and this must include an overhaul in the foreign service to be more responsive to the needs, woes and concerns of Filipino workers abroad.
Monterona opined that in improving the foreign service to be responsive to the needs, woes, and growing concerns of OFWs, P-Noy should start deploying career diplomats rather than appointing his political allies for various posts abroad.
However, Monterona asked what is delaying the President to appoint a career diplomat as ambassador to
Monterona added he hope that P-Noy is taking his time reviewing the credentials of his possible appointee to fill the vacant PHL ambassadorship in
Monterona raises concern that without an appointed PHL ambassador to Saudi as head of the post, the numerous cases of abuses, maltreatment, and labor malpractices and other diplomatic concerns might be set aside and might not be properly attended.
Migrante-Middle East chapters have been receiving 7 to 10 cases daily ranging from abuses, maltreatment, and various labor malpractices.
There are about 1.2-M OFWs now working in
In 2009, OFWs from
Other mid-east countries on the Top 10 OFWs destinations are UAE (rank #2),