9 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) deported from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia helped by Senate Manny Pacquiao on Friday in giving business investment.
According to Remate, Pacquiao said nine OFWs were dismissed by their respective employers in the country for unknown reasons that had arrived in the Philippines last Friday.
“They said they were dismissed from their employers without valid reason,” Pacquiao said.
Among the deported OFWs were Sumaya Macaoyag, 41; Novena Vadil, 43; Jocelyn Javier, 32; Gilbert Bongato, 53; Renen Casas, 38; Roynald Mesde, 33; Marlon Sarmiento, 39; Ronnie Malones, 35; and Darwin Franco, 37.
According to the deported OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) funded their plane tickets from Riyadh to Manila.
Pagdating sa NAIA, dnala naman sila ng isang concerned citizen sa Araneta Coliseum nitong Biyernes upang ilapit kay Pacquiao na kasalukuyang naglulunsad ng Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) doon.
Pagkatapos na maikling seremonya ng MPBL, sumama si Pacquiao sa mga OFWs sa isang simpleng hapunan at binigyan din sila ng libreng tiket upang makapanood ng MPBL opening game.
“Sinabi ko sa kanila na hindi sila dapat mawalan ng pag-asa sa halip, magsumikap upang malampasan nila ang kasalukuyang pangyayari sa buhay ila. Hindi pa katapusan ng mundo. Siguro, may ibang plano ang Panginoon para sa kanila,” ayon kay Pacquaio.
Senador Manny Pacquiao give them P50,000 cash each for financial assistance to their families.
“With that amount, they can start a small business. If they manage money properly, it with grows for the long run.
Nagpasalamat naman si Macaoyag, residente ng Esperanza town sa Sultan Kudarat province, kay Pacquiao sa ibinigay nitong tulong pinansiyal.
“She is very kind and very helpful. Great assistance to our OFWs “said Macaoyag