No ‘ayuda’ for PH families with relatives abroad? UAE-based Filipino affected by COVID-19 pleads for help

A UAE-based Filipino who is currently under a no-work-no-pay status is seeking for assistance as his family back home cannot be granted financial aid. He claims that they were told they are not eligible because they have a relative abroad.
Christopher Sayago, an entertainer, said that his family back in the Philippines was allegedly denied financial assistance because they have a relative based abroad—therefore, they “do not need the money.”
Sayago said he has been put on a no-work-no-pay scheme for three months now as his company grapples to survive the economic impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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Problema ko ay hindi ako makapagpadala sa aking pamilya sa Pilipinas dahil sa walang wala talaga ako. At ang aking pamilya ay ‘di rin nabigyan ng ayuda galing sa ating government dahil daw po may kamaganak daw sila na nasa abroad. Kaya parang unfair naman sa amin, he said.
He added that he fears of being evicted soon from his current apartment, noting that his tenant warned him about his piling rental fees.
“Alam ng inuupahan kong bahay na naka-no-work-no-pay ako ngunit hindi daw nila saklaw yon at responsibilidad naman daw talaga namin magbayad ng bahay kahit no-work-no-pay kami, he stressed.
Sayago said that he is aware that a lot of Filipinos are suffering from the same situation as him ever since the pandemic has made an unprecedented impact on the economy.
“Sa lahat ng kababayan ko na katulad ng sitwasyon ko, sana ‘wag silang mawalan pag-asa dahil ito ay isang pagsubok lang ng Panginoon at hindi naman natin ito ginusto kaya magpakatatag lang tayo. Manalig tayo sa ating Panginoon dahil wala tayong ibang sasandalan sa panahon na ganito kundi Siya lang, he said.
He also asked the government to reconsider his family’s situation, noting that the past few months that he has not been receiving his salary have been difficult for them, especially as he is the breadwinner of the family. “Sana po bigyan nyo po kami kahit kaunting pansin. Mahirap po ang aming sitwasyon dahil wala naman po kami ibang mahihingian ng tulong,” Sayago said.
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