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Monday, August 29, 2016

RECRUITMENT AGENCY MIGHT FACE SEVERE PENALTIES OVER OFW DEATH IN SAUDI


RECRUITMENT AGENCY MIGHT FACE SEVERE PENALTIES OVER OFW DEATH IN SAUDI
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration headed by Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac vowed to give justice to the death of a Filipina OFW who was allegedly raped by her employer in Saudi Arabia. ]
Irma Avila Edloy ,35,died at 11:45 p.m. last Thursday,Saudi time,after being in coma for days.Irma,arrived in Saudi Arabia on July 28 this year.She was deployed by a local recruitment agency in the Philippines for her principal employer Al Sayyar Recruitment in Riyadh.She was rushed to King Salman Hospital early this week sustaining severe injuries believed to be caused by sexual assault.She suffered several cardiac arrests while she was in intensive care and collapsed into coma.She reportedly pointed to her employer when she was asked at the hospital with regards to the person that abused her.Medical examinations conducted on her confirmed that she was indeed being sexually abused.

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The POEA had started the investigation of her employer in Saudi and her recruiter in the Philippines.

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If the agency has failed to meet its obligations to the OFW who died in Saudi Arabia,they will face severe penalties.

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The Philippine recruiter who deployed Edloy is under investigation for alleged failure to monitor  her condition while she was in the hospital and also for alleged failure to relay the complete information to POEA about her situation.
According to POEA,recruitment agencies are mandated to monitor their workers and immediately report changes in their status such as illness or death.They must also have Facebook pages to allow their recruits to contact them and report incidents any time.
The agency must also pay two years' worth of salary and other benefits to the bereaved family of the OFW,Cacdac added.
Secretary Bello directed the representatives of the Public Attorney's Office to take up the case and and render legal assistance to the  victim.


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