Department of Labor and Employment
April 17, 2020
Bello relieves labor official in Dubai
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered the immediate suspension and swift investigation of a Philippine labor official assigned in Dubai.
In a directive late Friday, Bello placed welfare officer Danilo Flores of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Dubai under administrative suspension for alleged misconduct.
The labor chief also directed the conduct of an investigation to determine Flores’ culpability for alleged misbehavior in dealing with our overseas Filipino workers.
The investigation followed an incident that transpired on April 16 between an OFW and welfare officer Flores which went viral on Facebook.
The said incident occurred in the course of the distribution of the OWWA food aid package for OFWs in Dubai and the Northern Emirates who have been displaced by the ongoing COVID-19.
Bello said Flores is placed on suspension from the performance of his duties as Welfare Officer pending investigation of the incident.
The labor secretary also assured the public of DOLE’s continuing welfare and assistance programs for OFWs. ###