West Zone announced that it’s stopping its food relief operation for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been affected by Covid-19 crisis due to a controversy that involves a welfare officer and an OFW.
“We selfless support the Filipino community in this crucial period but in return… Due to controversy we suspend this initiative until further notice,” Raju Gidwani, director of Shankar Trading Co. and the West Zone Group told the Daily Bread News Blog, which is owned by seasoned Filipino journalist Jojo Das.
The controversy started from a Facebook live by Joy Parafina, claiming that the food packages were donation and not paid for by POLO.
Parafina also claimed that she was cursed by Welfare Officer Danilo Flores over the phone after asking about the receipt of the food package.
Gidwani admitted that the transaction with the Philippine mission went overboard.
“West Zone is providing free logistics and distribution support in this crucial time to the community. The entire food package was borne by OWWA [Overseas Workers Welfare Administration] with the consulate of the Philippines in Dubai,” he added.
The director also added that everything was documented, adding that the hypermart chain has provided all products to the consulate at cost without keeping any profit just to support the Filipino community.
Gidwani expressed that he was very disappointed with the brouhaha.
In the food packs, he explained that there are 23 different products aside from the two bags of rice.
“Do you think it’s not sufficient food package at this moment? She have a statement that it’s only two rice and few snacks,” he added.
Philippine’s labor secretary has ordered immediate suspension on Flores and launched a swift investigation.