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22 OFWs rescued from ‘unacceptable’ conditions in Denmark – DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said 22 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been rescued from “deplorable” working and living conditions in Denmark.

The OFWs worked as truck drivers in the Scandinavian country.

The DFA said in a statement on Tuesday the OFWs were rescued following pa police raid on their camp in the town of Padborg in the southern part of Denmark.

It also thanked the Danish authorities for helping in the rescue.

While the DFA did not detail the OFWs’ predicament, it described their situation as “unacceptable by any standard,” quoting the Philippine Embassy in Norway.

“The Embassy, which has jurisdiction over Denmark, has been working closely with Danish authorities in the past weeks to assist Filipino truck drivers who have been working in substandard conditions there,” the DFA said in the statement.

The Embassy, DFA and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) are working closely to assist the Filipinos “until an appropriate and amicable solution is reached,” the statement read.

“(Philippine Ambassador to Norway Jocelyn Batoon Garcia) said the Embassy will make sure the Filipinos are treated humanely and with dignity,” the DFA said.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III also ordered Geneva-based Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz to attend to the OFWs.#