Unpaid bank loans prevent OFW from coming home
Home Updated June 08, 2012 09:47 AM 2 comments to this post
MANILA, Philippines - An elderly overseas Filipino worker could not return to the Philippines due of an outstanding bank obligation amounting to 90,000 Qatari riyals (about P1.07 million), a migrant workers' right group said Friday.

Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Monterona said Tomas Barandon, 62, of Taytay, Rizal, is also confined at the Heart Center of Hamad Medical Hospitfal in Doha, Qatar.

"He was confined for treatment of health ailment. He’s old and is suffering from heart complications," Monterona said.

He said Barandon had been working overseas since 1979, his first destination being Iraq as a construction general foreman or supervisor.

In 2006, Barandon was laid off from his job in Doha following the financial crisis. Since then Barandon had been unable to pay his bank loan base amount plus interest now reaching to 90,000 Qatari rials as he could not get a permanent job, Monterona said.

"Barandon told me that according to an embassy official his travel documents such as passport and exit clearance issued by his sponsor are already ready but could not be issued a clearance from the bank due to his loan plus bloating interests," he added.

Monterona urged the Philippine embassy to cite humanitarian reasons in negotiating with bank officials in Doha for the deferment of paying Barandon's loan interests. - Dennis Carcamo