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Friday, November 18, 2005

OWWA acts on Negrenses in Bahrain

The call for help of a domestic helper from Bacolod who maltreated by her employer in Bahrain, was answered by Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio Arroyo who had urged the overseas Workers Welfare Administration to look into her complaints. Lilibeth Harding Velez, through her father, sought the help of Arroyo and Bacolod Rep. Monico Puentevella, to facilitate her return to Bacolod as soon as possible.

Velez and several other domestic helpers who have similar complaints of maltreatment from their employers, are now staying at the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain. OWWA officer Edmund Toquero said they are attending to the complaints of domestic helpers, who want to go home. He, however, denied that domestic helpers are being barred from calling their relatives at the Embassy in Bahrain, and that its staff are indifferent to their plight. Toquero said there are rules to follow within the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain, such as prohibition against going outside the embassy premises. If they go out from the embassy, their respective employers have the power to get them back, he added.

Aside from maltreatment, Velez told her father that she had been eating food like hog-feed. As to the payment of 90,000 Bahrain currency they claim is being demanded from Velez and other domestic helpers, Toquero said that their employers probably sued them for failure to finish their contracts, and want reimbursement of their transportation and other expenses.

Source: Visayan Daily Star

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