DFA: 22 OFWs rescued from 'unacceptable' conditions in Denmark

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) — Twenty-two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been rescued from "deplorable" working and living conditions in Denmark, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

In a statement on Tuesday, the DFA thanked Danish authorities for helping the OFWs, who worked as truck drivers in the Scandinavian country.

They were rescued after a police raid on their camp in the town of Padborg in the southern part of Denmark, the DFA said.

The statement did not detail the OFWs' situation, but described it as "unacceptable by any standard," quoting the Philippine Embassy in Norway.

"The Embassy, which has jurisdiction over Denmark, has been working closely with Danish authorities in the past weeks to assist Filipino truck drivers who have been working in substandard conditions there," the DFA said in a statement.

It said that the Embassy, the DFA and the Labor Department are working closely to assist the Filipinos "until an appropriate and amicable solution is reached."

"[Philippine Ambassador to Norway Jocelyn Batoon Garcia] said the Embassy will make sure the Filipinos are treated humanely and with dignity," the DFA said.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III also ordered Geneva-based Labor Attaché Delmer Cruz to attend to the OFWs.