BMPM helps bring home distressed OFW from Riyadh

Posted at 04/01/2014 6:32 PM

MANILA - A Bayan Patroller sought the help of Bayan Mo IPatrol Mo (BMPM) for fellow overseas Filipino worker Rosalie Maquirang who was working as a domestic helper in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Maquirang was allegedly being forced by her employer to continue working despite being severely ill and was even brought to her employer's relatives' house to work there as well.

"Nagtrabaho po ako sa Riyadh nang 8 buwan kahit po may sakit ako pinagtatrabaho nila ako. Hindi ako madala sa ospital kasi wala akong iqama. May kasamang pagmamaltrato, nananakit pa minsan sila," said Maquirang.

BMPM contacted the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Riyadh and informed them of Maquirang's predicament.

She was then placed under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's (OWWA) care while waiting for her papers to be in order.

"Sa dami po ng hiningan namin ng tulong, Bayan Mo IPatrol Mo lang po ang sumagot talaga. Kinuha po ako ni Ma'am Ruth Daza sa social welfare po ng POLO-OWWA para doon po ako manatili sa Bahay Kalinga," she said.

The Department of Labor said Maquirang is free to seek government assistance through OWWA.

"Dahil distressed OFW siya, entitled siya sa benepisyo na ipinagkakaloob ng OWWA ukol sa mga OFW," said Director Nicon Fameronag of the DOLE Communications Office.

Flown back to Manila by her agency, Maquirang was recently reunited with her husband and four children and is now recuperating at home.