600 OFWs Working in New Caledonia Safe
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said the 600 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) working at a nickel and cobalt processing plant in the New Caledonian capital of Noumea are safe and sound despite the political tension in the territory.
The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney, Australia reported to its home office that the OFWs constructing a $2-billion processing plant in a remote mountainous area are unharmed amid the massive protest action being undertaken by the Federation of New Caledonian Workers Unions.
The construction site is located in a remote mountainous area 80 kilometers south of Noumea.
"The OFWs in New Caledonia remain safe and secure despite incidents in the past few days," Consul General Maria Theresa Lazaro said in a report.
The Philippine Consulate General in Sydney has current jurisdiction over New Caledonia, a French-administered territory.
The Philippine honorary consul in Noumea, Max Diot, is closely coordinating with the project managers of the Goro Nickel Company and the Nickel Company of New Caledonia (INCO) which manage the construction project, Lazaro said.
"The OFWs' welfare and personal security is a top priority for the Philippine government and the employers do know that very well. …