Distressed Pinay DH arrives on Monday from Jeddah

Distressed Filipino domestic helper (DH) Sham Arcilla (a.k.a. Samantha Arcilla Padilla) arrives today from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ending seven months of alleged maltreatment by three different employers.

Arcilla, 29, a solo parent from Guiguinto, Bulacan, left the Kingdom on Sunday on a Gulf Air flight for Manama, Bahrain where she took a connecting flight to Manila.

She thanked Undersecretary Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Officer-in-Charge of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), and Consul Edgar Tomas “Gary” Q. Auxilian of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah.

She also thanked former career Ambassador Rafael E. Seguis, who referred the case to Cacdac and Auxilian, who endorsed it to Labor Attaché Roel B. Martin of the Migrant Workers Office-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (MWO-OWWA).

Arcilla earlier sent a text message to this writer saying she had informed the agency that brought her to Saudi Arabia, Golden Excellence Recruitment Office, that she wanted to go home since she had already worked for three employers. “Pero parang hindi kumikilos ang agency upang ayusin ang mga papeles ko pauwi sa Pilipinas,” she said.

(But the agency seemed to be not making a move to process my papers to go home to the Philippines.)

She arrived in Jeddah on Feb. 26, 2023 but stayed with her first employer for only one month and 20 days.

Her employer’s wife was initially nice. But she hit Arcilla with a pressure cooker that the Filipino help could not find fast enough.

“Hindi ko kasi gaanong maintindihan ang pagsasalita niya ng wikang Arabo,” Arcilla explained why she could not find the pressure cooker.

(I couldn’t quite understand her Arabic.)

Arcilla asked her employer to return her to the recruitment agency but she also did not stay long with her second employer because of maltreatment.

Her third and last employer deducted SAR200 (more than P3000) from her salary for Internet and food. She stayed for three months then asked to be handed over to the agency.

Her Philippine agency is Network Management Resources Corporation.

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