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Posted On: 6 August 2009 10:17 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Philippine Senator offers help to 12 Filipino workers stranded in Qatar

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With Philippine Senator Manny Villar offering help to the 12 jobless Filipino workers stranded in Qatar, the hapless workers are in an upbeat mood. The office of Villar through the efforts of Nhoyet Entena who is here in Qatar for a family visit has notified Noli Perez, the President of Federation of Filipino Workers Worldwide (FFWW), to give them further information on the workers so that a financial support would be extended. Perez explained all financial support would definitely go through proper government channels in Qatar for formal and documentary purposes. Perez, however, told Entena that since a concerned American consultant of a construction firm in Qatar has already assured of paying all the plane tickets, it would be much better that such assistance would be instead used as a start up livelihood fund for each of the beneficiaries when they get home. “For the past eight months that they were stranded in Qatar without any income, they need something to defend on so that their families will be able to recover,” Perez said. On Monday, without any fanfare, the American has offered to help pay all the plane tickets of the 12 distressed Filipino workers. “No problem about that, my family and friends back in the US agreed to help them all,” said the American consultant of a construction firm in Qatar who requested to the Peninsula that his name would be withheld this time for personal reason. The distressed workers met their benefactor at the Hotel InterContinental accompanied by Perez and chairman of Aguman Kapampangan and GMA 7 Qatar correspondent Manny Flores. “Now I see all the smiling faces of you guys,” the American said during a light conversation with the distressed workers. He reminded them that if ever they would go back to Qatar for another job they should be now careful in choosing their employer. “Caution also your friends to be careful”. “We are very glad that a kind-hearted American offered to help us,” said Renato Jocson, the leader of the distressed workers. The generosity showed by the American had encouraged other The Peninsula readers to extend their support, too. A certain Danny Kirkham emailed the Peninsula yesterday to offer his help in paying for the plane tickets. Some concerned Filipinos also followed suit to donate cash for the distressed workers. A certain Wayne , manager of ELS Cargo, also called up Perez to commit a good amount as his little contribution. The Aguman Kapampangan led by their president Jay Bondoc initiated the fund drive for the beneficiaries.