Philippine diplomat sent to Saudi Arabia to lead search for missing woman

Diosalyn Fabian Seva
Updated 19 March 2017

Philippine diplomat sent to Saudi Arabia to lead search for missing woman

JEDDAH: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sent a special representative to Saudi Arabia to lead the search for a Filipino woman who has been reported missing for more than a year.
Mohammed Noordin Pendosina Lomondot, a special assistant at the Office of Migrant Workers’ Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), identified the missing worker as Diosalyn Fabian Seva, 36, a mother of two young children.
Lomondot, who once served as Philippine consul general in Jeddah, said Seva quit her job as teacher at Dupax Del Norte High School in Nueva Vizcaya, northern Philippines, to try her luck as a maid in Saudi Arabia. She arrived in the Kingdom in October 2015 and was supposed to work for a family in Jazan, but was later sent to another family in Jeddah.
Information gathered by DFA investigators in Manila showed that Seva last sent money to her family in February 2016 and was not heard from since.
In a series of interviews in Jeddah, Lomondot said he had contacted the owner of the Saudi partner agency of the Philippine recruiter and was told that Seva ran away from her sponsors.
“We are coordinating with concerned local authorities to help locate Mrs. Seva. At the same time, I am calling on members of the Filipino community in the Kingdom and others who know the whereabouts of Diosalyn Seva to please contact us,” he said.
He also asked Seva “to contact the consulate if she is just around.”
Anyone who has helpful information may contact the Philippine Consulate’s Assistance to Nationals Section via e-mail, [email protected], or by calling its hotline number 0555219613, he said.
Videos shared by Lomondot’s team showed the son and daughter of Seva crying, worried that they will never see their mother again.
In another video, Seva’s mother, Lourdes Fabian, said she was “always praying to God that her daughter is still alive.”
Fabian said she was afraid of what fate has befallen her daughter.
She said her daughter is a very responsible mother and would have contacted her children if she could.
Lomondot said Duterte took special interest in the case of Seva after learning about it from the missing woman’s brother, an army soldier who was wounded in a clash with militants in the southern Philippines.


Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.