When we get problems, we often rely on our family members for support. When we don’t know what to do, we seek their help to get emotional assistance, especially if the problem is concerning your wellbeing already.
However, when an Overseas Filipino Worker is suffering from another country, who do they always relay to? Do they have family members who can console them and be their companion? Can their family members fight for them when they are abused?
Unfortunately, if an OFW is experiencing hardships in another country, they don’t have any choice but to keep them to themselves.
OFW in Kuwait Needs Help
An OFW in Kuwait named Annabelle Magtubo Gultiano is crying for help. In a Facebook post of a concerned netizen and fellow OFW Kate Camagos Basco, Gultiano was pleading to help her return to the country.
Gultiano revealed that her female employer is constantly abusing her physically. Her cell phone was confiscated by the said employer too. The male employer also warned her that if something breaks, those items will be deducted from her salary. When Basco asked if she already tried seeking help from her agency, Gultiano’s response was shocking.
No Help From Her Agency
Agencies are supposed to help OFWs whenever they are facing hardships and troubles. However, Gultiano experienced the exact opposite.
Gultiano revealed that when her employer took her back to her agency, the agency asked her to choose: If she will return to her employer to finish her contract or she will pay $400 to the agency up front.
In the videos, the OFW in Kuwait was constantly crying and begging for someone to help her. With the series of OFWs seeking help, it is saddening that the numbers are consistently increasing. Hopefully, the Embassy and the government will be able to rescue Gultiano.