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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Heartbreaking OFW Stories: Two Maltreated OFWs Finally Home


Social media has always been the rally point for some OFWs in distress. A number of maltreated OFWs has already found help, rescued and repatriated by turning onto social media where they can get the help of concerned netizens relaying the information until it reached the concerned individuals and offices who are able to make appropriate action. In this case, two OFWs  are now finally home after pleading for help in social media and by the help of the public service oriented program of Mr. Raffy Tulfo.  Marilou Ruelo, an HSW in Saudi Arabia sought the help of Mr. Tulfo's program because she was already receiving threats from her employer. According to the video clip that is making rounds in social media, her employer said that he can do anything to her because he is a police officer. Marilou is working alone doing household work for two families. She was also told by her employer that she will not get any salary for two months. Marilou is afraid and anxious and all that she want is to go back home. On July 30, Marilou arrived at the NAIA as her family waited to meet her. With the help of the netizens and Mr. Tulfo's program, she is now finally out of misery. "Advertisements" Rachel Catalbas, an OFW from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, said that she went abroad with one thing in mind, to help her family and to give her kids a better future. With what happened to her in a foreign land, she realized that going abroad is not the only way to do it. She said that she should have been contented with what she was earning in her homeland. Later that she realized that people abroad are different. Her employer forced her to work and did not gave her salary for two months. Rachel sent a video message to the program of Mr. Raffy Tulfo and they brought it to the attention of the concerned offices and agencies. Rachel is now repatriated and enjoying the warm embrace of her family. Both of them extend their heartfelt gratitude for the people who helped them to be able to return home safely. Rachel even said that she cant believe that she can come home alive.  The story of Rachel and Marilou are both mirrors of what is really happening  when you set your feet off and try your fate abroad, believing that the grass is always greener on the other side of the lawn. For some, it might be true but for people like Marilou, Rachel and many others, they found horror instead of joy. Harsh treatment that made them want to be back home and live simply with their loved one to whom they dedicate their sacrifices. "Sponsored Links" Read More:  A female Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) working in Saudi Arabia was killed by an unknown gunman in Cabatuan, Isabela on Sunday. The OFW is in the country to enjoy her vacation and to celebrate her bithday with her loved ones. The victim's mother, Betty Ordonez, said that Jenny Constantino, 29, arrived in the country from Saudi Arabia for a vacation.         China's plans to hire Filipino household workers to their five major cities including Beijing and Shanghai, was reported at a local newspaper Philippine Star. it could be a big break for the household workers who are trying their luck in finding greener pastures by working overseas  China is offering up to P100,000  a month, or about HK$15,000. The existing minimum allowable wage for a foreign domestic helper in Hong Kong is  around HK$4,310 per month.  Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the haven for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  DOLE is expected to have further negotiations on the launch date with a delegation from China in September.   according to Usec Say, Chinese employers favor Filipino domestic workers for their English proficiency, which allows them to teach their employers’ children.    Chinese embassy officials also mentioned that improving ties with the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte has paved the way for the new policy to materialize.  There is presently a strict work visa system for foreign workers who want to enter mainland China. But according Usec. Say, China is serious about the proposal.   Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said an estimated 200,000 Filipino domestic helpers are  presently working illegally in China. With a great demand for skilled domestic workers, Filipino OFWs would have an option to apply using legal processes on their desired higher salary for their sector. Source: ejinsight.com, PhilStar Read More:  The effectivity of the Nationwide Smoking Ban or  E.O. 26 (Providing for the Establishment of Smoke-free Environment in Public and Enclosed Places) started today, July 23, but only a few seems to be aware of it.  President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Executive Order 26 with the citizens health in mind. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the executive order is a milestone where the government prioritize public health protection.    The smoking ban includes smoking in places such as  schools, universities and colleges, playgrounds, restaurants and food preparation areas, basketball courts, stairwells, health centers, clinics, public and private hospitals, hotels, malls, elevators, taxis, buses, public utility jeepneys, ships, tricycles, trains, airplanes, and  gas stations which are prone to combustion. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.   Read More:          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO www.jbsolis.com SEARCH JBSOLIS, TYPE KEYWORDS and TITLE OF ARTICLE at the box below Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas to be provided by the owner of the establishment. Smoking in private vehicles parked in public areas is also prohibited. What Do You Need To know About The Nationwide Smoking Ban Violators will be fined P500 to P10,000, depending on their number of offenses, while owners of establishments caught violating the EO will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not more than 30 days. The Department of Health  urges all the establishments to post "no smoking" signs in compliance with the new executive order. They also appeal to the public to report any violation against the nationwide ban on smoking in public places.          ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO Dominador Say, undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that talks are underway with Chinese embassy officials on this possibility. China’s five major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Xiamen will soon be the destination for Filipino domestic workers who are seeking higher income.  ©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO
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Social media has always been the rally point for some OFWs in distress. A number of maltreated OFWs has already found help, rescued and repatriated by turning onto social media where they can get the help of concerned netizens relaying the information until it reached the concerned individuals and offices who are able to make appropriate actions. In this case, two OFWs  are now finally home after pleading for help in social media and by the help of the public service oriented program of Mr. Raffy Tulfo.

Marilou Ruelo, an HSW in Saudi Arabia sought the help of Mr. Tulfo's program because she was already receiving threats from her employer. According to the video clip that is making rounds in social media, her employer said that he can do anything to her because he is a police officer. Marilou is working alone doing household work for two families. She was also told by her employer that she will not get any salary for two months. Marilou is afraid and anxious and all that she want is to go back home. On July 30, Marilou arrived at the NAIA as her family waited to meet her. With the help of the netizens and Mr. Tulfo's program, she is now finally out of misery.
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Rachel Catalbas, an OFW from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, said that she went abroad with one thing in mind, to help her family and to give her kids a better future. With what happened to her in a foreign land, she realized that going abroad is not the only way to do it. She said that she should have been contented with what she was earning in her homeland. Later that she realized that people abroad are different. Her employer forced her to work and did not gave her salary for two months. Rachel sent a video message to the program of Mr. Raffy Tulfo and they brought it to the attention of the concerned offices and agencies. Rachel is now repatriated and enjoying the warm embrace of her family.
Both of them extend their heartfelt gratitude for the people who helped them to be able to return home safely. Rachel even said that she cant believe that she can come home alive.

The story of Rachel and Marilou are both mirrors of what is really happening  when you set your feet off and try your fate abroad, believing that they would found a greener pasture. For some, it might be true but for people like Marilou, Rachel and many others, they found horror instead of joy. Harsh treatment that made them want to go back home and live simply with their loved ones to whom they dedicate their sacrifices.
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