OFW made to work even after knee surgery in Jordan

Posted at 01/30/2014 1:11 PM | Updated as of 01/30/2014 1:11 PM
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MANILA – A Bayan Patroller asked for help in behalf of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was forced to work even after undergoing knee surgery in Jordan.

Bayan Patroller Lee Canete used his Facebook account to seek help for OFW "Elena" who had knee surgery after falling off the stairs. Elena said her employer still made her work despite the pain and ignored her wish to be repatriated to the Philippines.

Bayan Mo i-Patrol Mo (BMPM) was able to talk to Elena who said she has yet to return to the hospital to remove the metal implants on her knee after her surgery last July 2013.

On her Facebook account, Elena appealed to the Philippine Embassy and kababayans for help.

"Di ko na kayang magtrabaho pinagtatrabaho pa nila ako. Tulungan po ako maka-uwi kasi ayaw akong pauwiin ng amo ko rito," she said.

BMPM brought her case to the embassy.

"Ang problema kasi dito sa Jordan kapag mayroon kang kontratang pinirmahan, you have to complete that contract. If you want to leave before the expiration of the contract humihingi sila ng reimbursement ng kanilang deployment cost," said Consul General Emmanuel Fernandez of the Philippine Embassy in Jordan.

Fernandez said they called Elena's recruitment agency and had been given word that they will negotiate with her employer to give consideration to her request.

As of the latest, Elena told BMPM that she is now under the custody of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). Report from Jing Castaneda, ABS-CBN News