Ambassador Akmad A. Sakkam, the Philippine Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan revealed that a few days before the New Year to begin, the Amman Philippine Embassy is feeling a very beautiful and gratifying day after the Embassy received two Distinguished Citation Awards from Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr.
Ambassador Sakkam said the awards were given by Foreign Affairs Secretary Locsin for the exemplary performance of the Philippine Embassy in Jordan. One of these was the timely repatriation of the distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Jordan.
According to Ambassador Sakkam they were able to rescue the Maguindanao OFW identified as Noraisah Bendi Asi.
He said the OFW went to work in Jordan when she was still at an under age of 16 to work as Household Help or domestic helper. But she began to experience her ordeal in the last 10 years where she transferred from one employer to another as her services were being bought as she kept on changing also her employer in the process.
The citation reads “In recognition of the Embassy’s exemplary contribution, commitment and valuable assistance to the ongoing repatriation efforts of the Department in providing responsive timely and efficient repatriation efforts in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Meanwhile, a total of additional 17 distressed OFWs had left already bound for the Philippines from Amman in time for the holidays to be with their loved ones and families.
Ambassador Sakkam said this was through the magnanimous gesture of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
He said all in all, a total of 68 OFWs in the last two months have been the beneficiaries of the goodwill of IOM with the joint effort with the Philippine Embassy in Amman (AMMAN PE).
On the other hand, another Special Distinguished Citation which is an Assistance -To-Nationals (ATN) Award was given to Issa Mohammad Mofleh Ahmad, the locally hired Jordanian paralegal Officer, ATN ( Assistance to National) for his exemplary performance, selfless service and unwavering commitment to duties.
Ambassador Sakkam has considered 2020 as a banner year indeed to Amman PE.
By JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL