They say that the OFWs are the modern day heroes. Aside from uplifting our economy through the remittances that they send in the Philippines that alleviates poverty and creates stable cash flow and circulation in our economy, They endure the great sacrifice of being apart with family, especially their children, and disconnection during the celebration of special occasion that they truly treasure and miss, just to provide the needs of their families and give them a better life. In short, they just don’t secure the needs of their Family, but our country as well.
How would you feel if you found out that Medical Clinics profiteer them on their medical examination as part of their requirements to work abroad, as what ACT-OFW Partylist Representative John Bertiz has revealed wherein, according to him, there are about millions of pesos being illegally collected from the poor OFWs by Medical Clinics.
“Di parin sila tumigil. Ngayon nagimpose sila without any note verbal or notices sa DFA and DOH that they are imposing five hundred(in peso) fee upfront sa lahat ng OFW na papunta ng GCC, which is Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates.” Bertiz said.
“We are talking about ten thousand to twenty thousand OFW na nagpapamedical araw-araw. So, that we are talking about five million to ten millions (in peso) a day na raket ng mga grupo na yan.” Bertiz added.
“And walang malinaw na ang mga OFW na bago pa lamang sila umalis or bago pa lamang magpamedical ay hinihingan parin sila ng five hundred which is labag sa ating batas. Bakit tahimik na naman ang DOH dito? dahil siguro sa laki ng pera na involve dito na hinahayaan nila yung mga medical clinics,’accredited’ medical clinics, to collect. (They still don’t stop. Now, they imposed without any note verbal or notices to DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) and DOH (Department of Health) that they are imposing ₱500 peso fee in advance to all OFWs who will fly to GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) which is Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and United Arab Emirates.”
“We are talking about ten thousand to twenty thousand OFWs who undergo medical examination everyday. So that, we are talking about ₱5-10 million a day that these groups’ illegal activity. And there is no clarification if the OFWs are being charged before they leave or undergo the medical exam, which is a violation to the law. Why is the DOH silent about this? Maybe because of the large amount of money involved and can get here, that’s why they allow the accredited medical clinics to collect)” Bertiz said.
As of now, the DOH still has no answer to the accusation of Bertiz.
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