300 OFWs Affected by Doha Fire Are Safe

All three hundred Filipino workers affected by the recent fire in Doha, Qatar are accounted for and declared safe, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

DFA spokesman Charles Jose made the assurance after talking to officials of the Philippine Embassy in Doha who reported that all of them were given assistance.

“The embassy went there last Saturday and there were no casualties,” Jose said in a text messsage to reporters covering DFA.

Embassy officials proceeded to the scene upon learning about the incident to check the immediate needs of affected Filipino workers.

“The embassy, including POLO (Philippine Overseas Labor Office) and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) distributed beddings, clothing and food to those affected by the accident. The embassy is likewise coordinating with (their) employer for possible assistance,” he added.

The fire took place on Friday afternoon at a three-storey UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Co. accommodation, where about 1,000 people, mostly low-income migrant workers from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh live.

Reports said around 300 Filipinos were affected by the blaze when the UCC Labor Compound, the company accommodation quarters in Al-Shahaniya, Qatar, went up in smoke last Friday at 4p.m.

One Filipino was reportedly slightly hurt during the fire.

The fire started on a three-storey building where more than 1,000 foreign workers stay.

Filipinos failed to save their belongings because they were at work when the fire broke out. Most of them are working as cleaners and tea servers.