It is incomprehensible that a Filipino domestic helper (DH) would withdraw her request for assistance after complaining of harassment from a fellow Pinoy housemaid.
On Thursday, Fazlhiya Joseph Arca (a.k.a. Nor Fatima Arca Mamalumpong ) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), sent a text message that the housemaid of her employer’s parents was harassing her.
Mamalumpong, 46, is a single mother with a 21-year-old son taking up mechanical engineering in Cagayan de Oro City.
She studied at the Central Mindanao University.
Fazlhiya said she had approached us in April 2023 when she was still working in Taif, near Jeddah in Saudi Arabia’s western region.
At that time, she complained that her employer was not treating her properly. The latter’s attitude changed after her case was referred to Undersecretary Hans Leo J. Cacdac, officer-in-charge (OIC) of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), and Consul General Edgar Tomas “Gary” Q. Auxilian of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah.
“Pero ngayon ay nasa Abu Dhabi, UAE, ako at inirereklamo ko ang katulong ng mga magulang ng amo ko,” she said.
(But now I’m in Abu Dhabi, U.A. E., and I’m complaining about the housemaid of my employer’s parents.)
“Minsan ay nagpaparinig ng masasamang salita. Hinamon din niya ako ng away. Nawawala rin ang iba kong personal na gamit bagama’t naisusuli din,“ she said.
(Sometimes, she says bad things about me within earshot. She also challenged me to a fight. Some of my personal belongings disappear, although they are returned after a while.)
Asked why her fellow DH was angry with her, Fazlhiya said it started one early morning when she woke up late.
She said her fellow DH, also a nanny, was looking for the clothes of the child under her care.
Fazlhiya was in charge of the clothes of the siblings’ children staying in the same compound with their parents.
Fazlhiya’s complaint was sent to Rafael E. Seguis, retired career ambassador, who referred it to DMW OIC Cacdac.
Later on Thursday afternoon, Fazlhiya sent another text message to say she was withholding her complaint.
Her employer told her she did not want any trouble.
“You’re good, and I’ll talk to my parents to take disciplinary action against their housemaid,” Fazlhiya quoted her employer.