There are so many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) experiencing trouble in the Middle East, particularly domestic helpers, that many are calling for a total ban in the deployment of workers to countries in this area. Still, these bans are continually lifted due to calls from many workers who wish to try their luck even with the possibility of experiencing these difficult situations.
Recently, another OFW is seeking help for a friend who reportedly gets maltreated by her employer.
Maricel Ramos Marquez shared on her Facebook page that her friend, a certain Armie Càbansag, needs help because she has been maltreated by her employer in Damman for 2 years. According to Maricel, her friend has plenty of bruises and wounds as proof that she was not treated well by her employers, yet she could not get out of the house to seek help.
A photo of Armie Cabansag posted in October 2018
Photo credit: Armie Cabansag / Facebook
Moreover, even though she had already served for 2 years and should have been allowed to go home as per her contract, Armie is being held by her employers against her will.
But aside from getting hurt through physical means by her heartless employers, Armie is also not fed well yet is asked to do a lot of work. Communication with her family was also limited by her employers – and it seems that she is rarely allowed to use her phone.
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said the government agency is trying its best to rescue the worker and bring her back home at the soonest possible time.
“Meron po tayong isasagawa o maaaring isagawang pagsagip at pagsasaayos ng pagpapauwi. We will also gather information about who her Philippine recruiter is. We will of course contact our Labor Attache and Welfare Officer on the ground,” Cacdac said.
A number of netizens are suggesting that her family go to Raffy Tulfo for help since the veteran broadcaster’s program has been instrumental in the immediate repatriation of distressed OFWs from many parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East.
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