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Kin of ‘maltreated’ Caraganon OFW in Saudi seek gov’t help

By Ben Serrano

Long lines of OFWs queuing at Labor Assistance Counter at NAIA in Manila continues up to this day where hundreds left the country each day to seek greener pastures abroad. Ben Serrano

A Caraganon overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia can no longer be contacted by her parents and relatives after said OFW complained of maltreatment and physical
harm by her employer.

The problem surfaced after the sister of Rogelen Tabaque sought the help of labor groups Kilusang Mayo Uno and Migrante, who in returned informed the office of Overseas Worker Welfare Administration about the plight of the distressed OFW .

Jacinto Tanduyan, chair of KMU-Caraga, said he already brought the problem of Tabaque , 28, a resident of Barangay Abilan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte before regional office of OWWA in Butuan City.

“Tabaque family who is neighbor of my mother in her home place in Barangay Abilan Buenavista, Agusan del Norte sought my help. Immediately, I informed Migrante and then I wrote letter to OWWA and DOLE Caraga,” Tanduyan said.

Tanduyan said he asked OWWA to immediately provide assistance and submit updates on the dire situation of Tabaque , since her parents and relatives could no longer contact the victim.

Lorna Tabaque, older sister of Rogelen bared they lost contact with her since March 16, 2017, days after she made distress calls.

Rogelen, who worked as domestic helper in Riyadh, was complaining of a swollen arms due to physical harm by her employer , Saudi couple Hamud Salem Al Nasser and Al Hamad, she said.

According to her, Rogelen was overworked and underfed and wanted to escape from the harsh condition .

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