Many overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) go abroad to work to be able to pay their debts. This is one of the major reasons why they want to work far from their families aside from their dream to have a better life. However, even if they work hard, the growing needs of the family demands them to work harder to provide those needs and leaving the debt behind with multiplying penalties and interests.
This scenario happened to one OFW in Hong Kong who suffered from depression from the burden of financial problems that led her to commit suicide.
The Sun Hong Kong wrote that according to police investigations, the Filipina victim (name withheld), 40, and single, jumped from her employer’s flat at Manhattan Hill residential tower in Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, on July 22, Monday.
Welfare Officer Virsie Tamayao of the Overseas Workers Welfare Office told The SUN that based on the Consulate’s report, the victim was apparently troubled by debt. They classified the case as “falling from height.”
News of this tragedy first appeared in the Facebook page of Bicol Migrants Association (BMA) where she was a member because her father is from Virac, Catanduanes. BMA Member Bhebs Leonardo said in a group chat that the victim sent her message about a lending company that was constantly bugging her to pay her debt. She said she would better jump off a window to end her mental distress.
BMA chairman Art Buban said a photo of the victim was posted by her friend lining up at the check-in counter at the airport and was expected to fly to Manila. However, she returned to her employer’s flat with her luggage and there she plunged into her death.
The helper’s employer shoulders the expenses for the victim’s repatriation to the Philippines. Welfare Officer Tamayo said the worker’s immediate relatives will receive a PhP120,000 death benefit from OWWA, and proceeds from the mandatory insurance for first-time OFWs that she took out in the Philippines.
It is recalled that the victim arrived in Hong Kong in December 2017 on her first domestic helper contract.
Source: The Sun HK
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