Working abroad away from families takes a lot of courage to do. It involves a lot of risks, hard work, pressure, illness and sometimes, even maltreatment and physical abuse by employers.
One of the most challenging experiences of any overseas Filipino worker (OFW) and their families is when the OFW gets sick while abroad away from their families. Who will they turn to for help? Who will take care of them while they are in a hospital? And, who will pay for their hospitalization?
These are just few of the many concerns about OFWs and their work conditions abroad, which the Philippine government is expected to address and give assistance to, hence, the provision of different assistance to them.
In relation to these issues, an OFW in Macau who was in a coma and confined in a hospital was successfully repatriated to the Philippines while 42 distressed OFWs from Riyadh arrived on Thurssday, September 5.
GMA News wrote on their website that according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the comatose OFW from Macau arrived on August 29. The OFW was in a coma and confined in the hospital since April this year.
The OFW’s daughter who is also an OFW in Macau reported her mother’s case to the Philippine Consulate in Macau. The consulate investigated about the OFW’s case and worked on her repatriation immediately.
According to the news, Philippine Consul General to Macau Lilybeth R. Deapera stressed, “The work to ensure that our kababayan is repatriated to the Philippines required close coordination among several officials from different agencies based in Macau, Manila and La Union. The Philippine Government will extend all efforts across all borders in promoting the welfare and well-being of our kababayans anywhere in the world.”
“I also extend my sincerest appreciation to the management, doctors and nurses at San Teng Hospital for the professional and humane care extended to our kababayan throughout her confinement. I also thank PAL for providing utmost assistance in the repatriation. Finally, I thank the Protocol, Public Relations and External Affairs Office of Macau SAR for their invaluable assistance in coordinating with airport, immigration and customs authorities for the smooth conduct of the repatriation,” she added.
Meanwhile, the 42 distressed OFWs from Riyadh also arrived in the Philippines. Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa said that the repatriated OFWs are the second group of the identified distressed OFWs who were accorded an exit visa by Saudi Ministry of Labor.
Source: GMA News