PH Embassy  assists maltreated Pinay in UAE

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) acted last week on the request of a distressed Filipino domestic helper (DH) to be rescued and sent home due to maltreatment at her place of work.

Ambassador Alfonso Ferdinand A. Ver said  Kurdapya Tekla  Koh (a.k.a. Mary May Claire Catabijan), 24, had been handed over to her agency.

Her employer, Musabbeh Hamad Saeed Alshawi, personally brought Koh to the Mountain Gate Workers Services agency, which promised to find her another employer.

Her case was earlier sent to Rafael E. Seguis, a former foreign service officer (FSO), who referred it to the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) Undersecretary and officer-in-charge (OIC) Hans Leo J. Cacdac and to the country’s ambassador in the UAE.

The distressed housemaid had texted earlier that her employer’s wife was cursing her for reasons she could not understand. The badmouthing, Koh said, was making her lose her self-respect.

Habang binibihisan ko, ‘yong alaga kong  bata ay kinakagat at tinatadyakan din ako,” she said.

(The child under my care was also biting and kicking me as I got her dressed.)

Asked why she did not tell the agency that she wanted to go home, Koh said she would try to find an employer who would treat her properly.

She added that since she arrived in Abu Dhabi only in January, she had yet to save for her family. She has three young children, aged 7, 5  and 2, in Asuncion, Davao del Norte.

She said her husband Jayson was a farmer.

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