One of the most challenging jobs not only in the Philippines but all over the world is being an Overseas Filipino Worker. Can you imagine yourself as an OFW, being away from your family for more than two years, working ten hours a day, and on top of that, be maltreated by your employers?
Unfortunately, this is the sad reality that many Overseas Filipino Workers are facing.Armed with the dream of having a better life for their families back in the Philippines, a lot of hopefuls are traveling around the world, particularly in the United States, Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. Some of them are leaving their more comfortable lives in the province, thinking that working overseas can solve their financial problems.
This is the same dreams that Ranilo had before going to Saudi Arabia.In a video shared by Raffy Tulfo in Aksyon via Youtube, a group of OFWs in Saudi Arabia were trapped in the Gulf Estate. One of them is Ranilo.
Ranilo used to work as a tricycle driver, providing shuttle services to students. Unfortunately, the pay he’s getting is not enough to support his two children who are going to school.
To provide a better living condition for the family, Ranilo decided to work in Saudi Arabia. His work was tough, coupled with the kind of treatment that his employers are providing, it seems that things are always on odds against the poor OFW.To make things worse, by the end of his working contract, Ranilo, together with other OFWs, were not allowed to go back to the country. Their employer decided to hold them for six months and did not issue any exit visas at all. They were not given a salary for four months too. Fortunately, with the help of Raffy Tulfo in Action and the government, Ranilo and the other OFWs returned happily to their families.
Because of his experience, Ranilo also does not wish to work in another country.Watch the tearful reunion here:
Being an Overseas Filipino Worker is tough. If you know someone working as one, always thank them.