[From the web] Probe unpaid rental of OFW shelter in Saudi, Congress urged -PhilStar.com

Probe unpaid rental of OFW shelter in Saudi, Congress urged
By Dennis Carcamo
August 03, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A migrant workers’ rights group on Friday called on Congress to investigate the alleged 1.3 million Saudi rials in unpaid lease rentals of an overseas Filipino workers (OFW) shelter being maintained by the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“A reliable source, he is an insider at the PHL consulate who requested not to be named, revealed to Migrante officers in Saudi Arabia that the Philippine government has incurred 1.3 million unpaid lease rentals for an OFW shelter inside the Al-Mina hajj terminal in Jeddah,” Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Monterona said.

The Al-Mina hajj terminal is owned and managed by the Saudi government’s immigration authority.

“The investigation should primarily focus on why the Philippine consulate has stopped renting the shelter, how the unpaid lease rentals accumulated reached 1.3 million rials, and what the Philippine officials in Saudi Arabia headed by Philippine ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ezzadin Tago are doing to solve this issue,” Monterona said.

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