Homeward-bound Dr. Ramos still helping distressed fellow OFWs in KSA

Dr. Resurreccion O. Ramos, who is leaving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after working there for over two decades, continues to help distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

On Tuesday, she assisted Amac Caliange (a.k.a. Angelica Cama) of Dammam who asked for help through a text message.

Because of distance and for practical reasons, I referred her to Ramos, Rexie to friends, who was working at a medical facility  in Dammam.

She is connected with Infinity 8 Sunergos (Working Together), a Filipino volunteer organization helping OFWs in need, in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the Eastern Region (POLO ERO).

Infinity 8 Sunergos is headed by Dhon  C. Fideles, charge nurse at the King Fahd University Hospital for the last 15 years.

Cama is being returned to her agency after almost a year of working for her current employer.

At the moment, she is working for her employer’s mother and sibling, sometimes in Najran, for the last two months and 25 days.

Cama is opposed to the plan because it could mean that she has to start all over again if her agency assigns her to another employer and makes her sign a new contract for two years.

She arrived in the Kingdom on Nov. 27, 2021.

When I contacted her to know her status and to ask for additional information, like the name of her employer and contact number, she was hesitant  to answer.

“Sir, nababahala ako na  tawagan siya dahil natatakot ako sa maaaring gawin sa akin,” she said.

 (Sir, I am worried if he’s called because I fear what he would do to me.)

 Besides, she said “Tumawag na si ma’am sa akin (Ma’am already called).”

The “ma’am” she refers to is Ramos.

 Cama added that her agency had decided to transfer her to another employer in September until her original two-year contract expired. She was willing to accept this new arrangement.

Ramos could have advised her to contact her agency and ask for help.

The agency made the right decision in transferring Cama  to another employer to finish her two-year contract, instead of making her sign a new two-year contract with a new employer.

Another OFW that Ramos  helped was Rolando “JC” Versoto Batister, Jr.

Batister complained that he was working on metal production instead of as an air conditioning technician, the job he applied for at the Kinetic Energy Pipe Support Company in Jubail.

 He was suffering from intense stomach pain and sought company help but nobody could drive him to the hospital. He took a taxi and was brought to a  medical facility but it could not cure him. After three consultations he was told to go to a bigger health facility.

He eventually went to the Al Mana General Hospital, which found that he had acute appendicitis. He was operated on and is currently recovering.

JC told Rexie that he wanted to go home. But he could not because he would have to pay for the cost of traveling to the Kingdom.

The same advice was given by Labor Attaché Hector Cruz of the POLO ERO when the case was referred to him by retired Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Rafael E. Seguis, who is also still helping distressed OFWs although he is now with the Geneva-based Center for Humanitarian Dialogue.

Cruz added that contract violation was different from the case involving his ailment.

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