Distressed Pinay DH in KSA arriving today

Perla P. Barcena, the distressed Filipino housemaid in Al Ahsa, Hofuf, in the Eastern Province, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), arrives today, Monday, on a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight.

 In a text message, she said the Migrant Workers Office (MWO) in Al Khobar rescued her from her employer on Thursday, and she would be sent home.

 Her employer,  Khalid Khalil Ibrahim Aljari, was told to bring her to the MWO, formerly Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), headed by Labor Attaché Hector “Hecky” Cruz.

Nagpapasalamat ako kina Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Undersecretary at OIC Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Labor Attaché Hector Cruz at MWO staff, kay dating Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis at sa inyo po Sir Rodolfo Estimo, Jr. sa lahat ng tulong,” she said.

 (“I thank DMW Undersecretary and OIC Hans Leo J. Cacdac, Labor Attaché Hector Cruz and MWO staff, former Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Rafael E. Seguis, and you, sir  Rodolfo Estimo Jr. for all the help,” she said.)

 Earlier, Aljari promised to buy the ticket for Barcena’s flight back to the Philippines, but he failed to do so.

 “Sir, kinausap ako ng employer ko na hintayin ko muna yung isa pang domestic helper (DH)  bago ako umuwi,” she told this writer in a text message.

 (Sir, my employer asked me to wait for the other domestic helper before I leave.)

 But Barcena claimed the other housemaid told her she was not returning.

Kapag bakasyon niya kasi ay hindi siya pinapayagang umalis pero hindi naman ibinibigay sa kanya ang pera na dapat pambili niya ng tiket,” she said.

(She was not allowed to take her vacation but was not given the cash equivalent of her plane ticket.)

Barcena said she was also not allowed to take her vacation and was not given the amount for the plane ticket for all the years she worked.

Barcena is a solo parent with a 19-year-old daughter who is in college in Mati, Davao Oriental. She worked for the same employer in the Kingdom for nine years but never got a salary increase.

Aljari, her second employer,  did not work on her sponsorship transfer and did not ask her to sign a contract.

Sa madaling sabi ay wala akong kontrata,” she said.

(In short, I have no contract.)

Barcena was also not issued an iqama, or residence certificate, that would legalize her stay in the Kingdom.

Her passport had expired and was not renewed.

 With the other DH not returning, she would have to take over the latter’s responsibilities.

 “Alam kong hindi ko  kakayanin ang trabaho kapag nadagdag yung responsibilidad ng umalis na DH,”  she said.

(I know I won’t be able to cope if I assume the  responsibilities of the DH who left.)

That was why she asked to be rescued.

Seguis referred the case to Cacdac at the DMW in Manila and Cruz at the MWO in Al Khobar.

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