Over 500 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were retrenched from government-run firms in Qatar.
Speaking to DZMM, Philippine Ambassador to Qatar Wilfredo Santos said Sunday that most of these OFWs are aged 55 and up.
They were given a two-month notice of termination to find new jobs, Santos said.
Philippine Ambassador added that 22 Filipino nurses were also laid off from healthcare centers operated by the Qatari government.
But he clarified that OFWs in Qatar were not directly affected by the slumping prices of petroleum products. He pointed out that Qatar does not depend on the oil industry because it is a producer of natural gas.
Some 200,000 Filipinos are currently employed in Qatar.