44 OFW abuse cases recorded in Region XI

The Rural Worker’s Association (RWA), a non-government organization, claimed to have served 44 cases of abuse against overseas Filipino Workers from January to July 2018.

Data from the group revealed that the total clients reached 37. Of the total, 33 are females and only four are men.

Kuwait had the most number of cases with 12, followed by Saudi Arabia with five cases. This was followed by Taiwan with four cases and Riyadh with two cases. Other places abroad with recorded OFW abuse cases were in Dammam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Japan, Jeddah, Lebanon, Korea, Pakistan, and Malaysia.

The reported work-related complaints involved physical abuse, food deprivation, multiple employer, verbal abuse, illegal recruitment, and expired contracts. There were also non-work related cases such abandonment, teen pregnancy, livelihood and health problem.

As of July 2018, clients were referred to Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, City Social Services and Development Office, and Department of Social Welfare and Development for immediate repatriation, legal assistance, and medical assistance.

The OFWs came from Barangay Los Amigos, Tugbok (eight), followed by Calinan District (5 cases). Other abuse victims were from Matina Crossing, Bucana, Sto. Niño, Bago Ishiro, Bangkal, Catalunan Grande, San Rafael, Marilog, Tamugan, Buda, Sta. Maria and Matan-ao.

 By Regina Mae Ronquillo

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