A labor officer from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) received a commendation from the Provincial Government of Palawan and the Department of Labor and Employment for rescuing a distressed OFW from her abusive employer.
Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez commended Jonathan Gerodias, senior labor and employment officer at the POEA office in Palawan who coordinated in the rescue operations for OFW Jackilyn Berba in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Alvarez, in his letter to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, commended Gerodias for helping rescue Berba.
“The Provincial Government of Palawan received Berba’s request to go back home last December 19, 2017, for which we contacted Gerodias who immediately spearheaded the rescue of Berba by coordinating with offices, such as Overseas Workers Welfare Administration,” Gov. Alvarez said.
The chief executive of Palawan acknowledged Gerodias’ efforts which led to the safe travel of Berba back to the Philippines within one week.
“He is indeed capable of handling difficult cases that require complex skills,” Alvarez added.
Berba was prevented to leave the Arab country by her abusive employer at Forever Manpower Services Inc. in Riyadh, the report said.
Bello likewise commended Gerodias for his exemplary performance of duty and his dedication to rescue OFW Jackilyn Berba from the hands of her employer.
“Your quick action by coordinating with the OWWA has earned the admiration and respect of the governor in you and as a consequence, of the entire DOLE. It demonstrates that we do not play lip service to our mandate to protect and attend, at all times, to the welfare of our OFWs,” Bello said in his letter to Gerodias.
Bello urged Gerodias and his colleagues to continue bringing the services of DOLE closer to the people, particularly to OFWs in need and be role models to his fellow workers.