By Christina Hermoso
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People has expressed relief over the rescue of 22 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were reported to be living under difficult conditions in Denmark.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said the rescue done by the Danish police on the OFWs who were working as truck drivers appeased the concern of their worried families in the Philippines.
“It is a huge relief and consoling news that our 22 OFWs in Denmark were rescued from demeaning and dehumanizing living conditions,” the prelate said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
“The government’s priority should always be the protection and preservation of the rights and dignity of our OFWs. All means and government resources should be used for the promotion of their wellbeing,” Santos stressed.
On Tuesday, Danish police raided a camp in the town of Padborg and found the 22 truck drivers who were said to be “living in deplorable and unacceptable conditions. The Philippine Embassy in Norway is closely coordinating with the Danish government in regard to the situation of the Filipino workers. The Department of Foreign Affairs, for its part, thanked Copenhagen for helping the afflicted OFWs.
“We pray for a thorough investigation on the matter and for justice to be served for our afflicted OFWs,” Santos said.