DOLE recalls POLO welfare officer in Kuwait

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MANILA, Philippines — Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered the recall of a Welfare Officer from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuwait.

The move is in response to the complaint of the family of Joanna Daniella Demafelis whose body was found inside a freezer in the said country, that their request for assistance to locate their missing sister was ignored.

Bello  ordered the recall of Ma. Sarah Antonia Concepcion since he couldn’t accept the latter’s explanation on why they did not act on the request of the sister of the late overseas Filipino worker (OFW).

Aside from Concepcion, Bello also ordered Labor Attaché Alejandro Padaen to explain within 72 hours why they did not file a report to the concerned agencies or provide the necessary assistance to subject OFW.

“I gave them a memo to explain why they did not act on the complaint of the sister of Joanna Demafelis, yesterday I received their explanation. ‘Yung explanation ng welfare officer, si Ms. Concepcion, I could not accept so immediately order her recall,” he said.

“As for Ms. Concepcion, her explanation is that there are too many work, masyado daw marami trabaho, that’s not a good explanation. If you can’t handle such work, you can leave. I adopted her attitude, if you cant handle your job come back to the Philippines,” Bello added.

As for the Labor Attaché, Bello said that he would be studying Padaen’s statement.

“Welfare officer Ma. Sarah Concepcion, I ordered her recall already. As for Labor Attaché Padaen, I still have to find out whether his explanation is reasonable or not kasi bago nga naman sya, I think barely two days after the complaint was presented to the then…” he explained.

Bello said that Concepcion would return to her job in Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), adding that “Unless OWWA Administration Hans Leo Cacdac will consider (in filing) administration complaint.”Ferdinand Patinio/PNA 

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