Distressed DH rejoins daughters in Cebu

Jocelyn Campos Nicos (a.k.a. Herlyn Deriada Nicos Santos), a distressed domestic helper (DH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  is finally reunited with her daughters, aged 12, 9, and 6.

She arrived in Cebu last week to rejoin her daughters, who were being cared for by her aunt.

She had planned to go to Iloilo earlier but asked to fly to Cebu instead when she learned that her children were there.

She was unable to leave the Kingdom despite finishing her contract, which prevented her from attending her husband’s funeral and from immediately getting a connecting flight to Cebu from Manila.

The former DH arrived on Wednesday morning from Riyadh via Manama, Bahrain, on a Gulf Air flight.

However, she did not have a connecting flight from Manila to her final destination, so she sent a text message asking for help.

Her case was referred to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and the Philippine embassy, which endorsed it to the Migrant Workers Office (MWO).

She arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International   Airport (NAIA) and reported to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), which assisted her.

She and other OFW (overseas Filipino workers), including DH, were brought to the Selah Lofts Hotel in Pasay, where she stayed until she could leave for Cebu.

The former DH contacted this writer on Feb. 20 to ask for help. She wanted to go home to attend the last day of her husband’s wake before the funeral on Feb. 25.

The husband died of a heart attack on Feb. 8.

But her employer, Faisal Abdullah Abdulrahman Alnafa, refused to allow her to leave, telling her to wait until the other DH arrived.

She sent the MWO welfare officer a request for the employer to allow her to leave.

Rafael E. Seguis, a former foreign service officer (FSO), referred her request for help to DMW Undersecretary and officer-in-charge (OIC) Hans Leo J. Cacdac and Attaché Saifoden “Ding” Manalao of the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh.

She eventually sent a text message stating that her employer had agreed to let her leave after the holy month of Ramadan.

She thanked the people who helped her— Cacdac, OWWA Administrator  Arnell Ignacio, Assistant Labor Attachè Antonio M. Mutoc, Jr., Attaché Manalao, Seguis, and this writer.

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