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Friday, February 17, 2017

HSW IN KUWAIT, NO SALARY FOR NINE YEARS

For almost a decade in working as an HSW in Kuwait, Nena (not her real name), 35, missed the feeling of her salary resting in the palm of her hand before sending it to her family back home. Her beloved salary did not show up for nine long years!  Nena arrived in Kuwait in June 8, 2015 in the house of her Kuwaiti employer. after a month, she asked for a salary advance of two months to pay her loans  to her relatives. Her request was granted by her employer and they provided receipts for it. Nena's monthly salary was only 45KD. Nena considered it as a gesture of goodwill from the part of her employer.  Another 2 months  advance followed and the employer again gave what she asked for.It was sent to her family back home and her employer provided her a receipt  that it was indeed sent to her family. Her family in Campostela valley is poor. They are used to eating anything that's coming from their small farm and the money that she sent could mean a lot to them. In almost 10 years of tenure, all she got was that 4 months  salary  she asked in advance. After that, she received nothing.  The following months, she was asking for her salary  and her employers simply told her that it is already in her bank account. She never believed because she never signed any bank documents  applying for a bank account. They even told her that they will surrender her ATM card  when she finally decided to go home. Everytime Nena  ask for her salary, the simple reply from her employer would be: "It's in the bank already."  When her contract ended, she asked for permission to go home for good. Her employer told her to stay and so she stayed for another 6 months. When the agreed 6 months is over, she was still not allowed to leave. she was locked up and continued to be verbally and physically abused. Harsh words, physical maltreatment, locked up  without even have the chance to call the embassy or even other HSWs in the neighborhood. "If she saw any small specks of dust in the sofa, she would hit me hard in the head with sticks or any hard objects," Nena recalling her ordeal.  "When my employer asked me to stay for another year after I finished my 2-year  contract, I told them if they could buy me 2  small washing machines and 2 refrigerators out from my salary. They bought it. the items were delivered to me at my sponsor's house. I asked them to buy it for me because I need them in Campostela, I was thinking of using them for business. But 3 years, 4 years, 9 years has passed, I was not able to leave that house. I was stucked there," Nena  narrated. In April 2015, her employer hired another Filipina. She thought  that her Kuwaiti owner will let her go home for good but she was wrong. In spite of having a new Filipina house help, her employer still won't let go of her.  The newly hired Filipina helped Nena in her escape. they eyed an opportunity when the two of them  were taken by her sponsor  when they visited a relative. The new househelp managed to get hold of a mobile and using the SIM card she brought from the Philippines, she called her family and explained the situation to them and asked for help. The new helper's family called various government offices in Manila as well as the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait. They were advised to wait for a perfect opportunity to escape. In August 25, 2025, while their employers are busy, the two HSWs managed to escape and rescued by the ATNU of the Philippine Embassy. As of this writing, Nena is still at the custody of the Philippine Embassy while waiting for  the resolution of the case. The Embassy said that her case is being heard at the Kuwaiti Court. For Nena, a few more years while waiting for the resolution won't be an issue anymore for she already spent 9 long years. The only problem is that her family thought that she is already dead  because she has not been in touch with them for several years.  Nena's story is just one of the tragic experiences  undergone by Filipino HSWs in Kuwait. The work force comprising of more than 600,000 in Kuwait alone, with issues of verbal, physical, emotional ang sexual abuse, maltreatment, unfavorable working conditions, excessive work hours, no day-offs,  and no paid overtime work. There are some that are treated fairly but the cry of those who suffered ill fate with their employer echoes deployment ban for HSWs in Kuwait and even the entire Arab Region.   Source: Kuwait Times  RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES

For almost a decade in working as an HSW in Kuwait, Nena (not her real name), 35, missed the feeling of her salary resting in the palm of her hand before sending it to her family back home.
Her beloved salary did not show up for nine long years!

Nena arrived in Kuwait in June 8, 2015 in the house of her Kuwaiti employer. after a month, she asked for a salary advance of two months to pay her loans  to her relatives. Her request was granted by her employer and they provided receipts for it. Nena's monthly salary was only 45KD. Nena considered it as a gesture of goodwill from the part of her employer. 
Another 2 months  advance followed and the employer again gave what she asked for.It was sent to her family back home and her employer provided her a receipt  that it was indeed sent to her family. Her family in Campostela Valley is poor. They are used to eating anything that's coming from their small farm and the money that she sent could mean a lot to them.
In almost 10 years of tenure, all she got was that 4 months  salary  she asked in advance. After that, she received nothing.


The following months, she was asking for her salary  and her employers simply told her that it is already in her bank account. She never believed it because she never signed any bank documents  applying for a bank account. They even told her that they will surrender her ATM card  when she finally decided to go home the the Philippines.
Everytime Nena  ask for her salary, the simple reply from her employer would be: "It's in the bank already."

When her contract ended, she asked for permission to go home for good. Her employer told her to stay and so she stayed for another 6 months. When the agreed 6 months is over, she was still not allowed to leave. she was locked up and continued to be verbally and physically abused.
Harsh words, physical maltreatment, locked up  without even have the chance to call the embassy or even other HSWs in the neighborhood. "If she saw any small specks of dust in the sofa, she would hit me hard in the head with sticks or any hard objects," Nena recalling her ordeal.

"When my employer asked me to stay for another year after I finished my 2-year  contract, I told them if they could buy me 2  small washing machines and 2 refrigerators out from my salary. They bought it. the items were delivered to me at my sponsor's house. I asked them to buy it for me because I need them in Campostela, I was thinking of using them for business. But 3 years, 4 years, 9 years has passed, I was not able to leave that house. I was stucked there," Nena  narrated.
In April 2015, her employer hired another Filipina. She thought  that her Kuwaiti owner will let her go home for good but she was wrong. In spite of having a new Filipina house help, her employer still won't let go of her. 
The newly hired Filipina helped Nena in her escape. they eyed an opportunity when the two of them  were taken by her sponsor  when they visited a relative. The new househelp managed to get hold of a mobile and using the SIM card she brought from the Philippines, she called her family and explained the situation to them and asked for help. The new helper's family called various government offices in Manila as well as the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait.
They were advised to wait for a perfect opportunity to escape. In August 25, 2025, while their employers are busy, the two HSWs managed to escape and rescued by the ATNU of the Philippine Embassy. As of this writing, Nena is still at the custody of the Philippine Embassy while waiting for  the resolution of the case. The Embassy said that her case is being heard at the Kuwaiti Court. For Nena, a few more years while waiting for the resolution won't be an issue anymore for she already spent 9 long years. The only problem is that her family thought that she is already dead  because she has not been in touch with them for several years.

Nena's story is just one of the tragic experiences  undergone by Filipino HSWs in Kuwait. The work force comprising of more than 600,000 in Kuwait alone, with issues of verbal, physical, emotional ang sexual abuse, maltreatment, unfavorable working conditions, excessive work hours, no day-offs,  and no paid overtime work. There are some that are treated fairly but the cry of those who suffered ill fate with their employers echoes deployment ban for HSWs in Kuwait and even the entire Arab Region.


Source: Kuwait Times

RECOMMENDED:
ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA

BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON

SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT

AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD

DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS

BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS

PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY

MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT

UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018

REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN

KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC


"JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES

©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

You can now apply CHED scholarship for SY 2017-2018

Want's to pursue college but lacking financial resources, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is now accepting applications for scholarships under State Scholarship Program for the coming academic year 2017-2018.  Under the Scholarship Program, applicants may be qualified as a full scholar, partial scholar, or PESFA scholar. Full Scholarship (FS) - Intended for high school graduate whose General Weighted Average (GWA) is 90% or its equivalent in the third year and at least 90% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public or private (higher education institutions) HEIs. Full scholars will receive financial assistance worth PhP30,000. Partial Scholarship (PS) - Intended for high school graduates whose GWA is at least 85% or its equivalent and for graduating high school students whose GWA is at least 85% in the third year and at least 85% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public or private HEIs. Partial scholars are set to receive PhP15,000 per academic year. Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) - Intended for high school graduates whose GWA is at least 85% or its equivalent and for graduating high school student whose GWA is at least 85% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duty authorized private HEIs. PESFA scholars will receive PhP15,000.
Want's to pursue college but lacking financial resources, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is now accepting applications for scholarships under State Scholarship Program for the coming academic year 2017-2018.

Under the Scholarship Program, applicants may be qualified as a full scholar, partial scholar, or PESFA scholar.




  • Full Scholarship (FS) - Intended for high school graduate whose General Weighted Average (GWA) is 90% or its equivalent in the third year and at least 90% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public or private (higher education institutions) HEIs.
Full scholars will receive financial assistance worth PhP30,000.
  • Partial Scholarship (PS) - Intended for high school graduates whose GWA is at least 85% or its equivalent and for graduating high school students whose GWA is at least 85% in the third year and at least 85% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duly authorized public or private HEIs.
Partial scholars are set to receive PhP15,000 per academic year.
  • Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA) - Intended for high school graduates whose GWA is at least 85% or its equivalent and for graduating high school student whose GWA is at least 85% in the first three grading periods of the fourth year, who will enroll in identified priority courses in duty authorized private HEIs.
PESFA scholars will receive PhP15,000.

To be accepted into the program, the applicant should either of the following;

1. high school graduate

2. candidate for graduation

3. earned unit in college
4. passer of Alternative Learning System or Philippine Educational Placement Test.

Since the program is merit-based, CHED will consider the academic performance of the applicant. Aside from this, he or she will have to submit the annual gross income of his or her parents/guardians.



4 easy steps to avail CHED scholarship program

I. Check if you are qualified and complete all the requirements

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be a Filipino citizen
  • Must be a high school graduate; candidate for graduation; with earned units in college; passer of Alternative Learning System (ALS) / Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT)
  • Must have a combined annual gross income of parents/guardian not to exceed Three Hundred Thousand Pesos (PhP 300,000.00)
  • Must avail of only one CHED scholarship or financial assistance program; and
  • Must not be a graduate of any degree program.

DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS

For Incoming Freshmen:
  • For 4th year HS applicants – 3rd-year grade and first three grading periods of the fourth year
  • For high school graduates – Form 138
  • For Applicants with Earned Units in College – Certificate of grades in all subjects in completed semesters
Other Applicants
  • ALS – Accreditation and Equivalency Test Passer Certificate
  • PEPT – Certificate of Advancing to the Next Level
OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Any one of the following:

  • Latest Income Tax Return (ITR) of parents or guardian, Certificate of Tax Exemption from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)
  • Certificate of Indigency from their Barangay, Case Study from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), or Affidavit of No Income.
  • For children of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and seafarers, the latest copy of contract or proof of income may be considered
  • Certificate of good moral character from the last school attended.

II. Check if your course fits in the CHED Priority Courses. Qualified beneficiaries are DIRECTED to enroll in the following priority courses

PRIORITY COURSES

CHED Priority Courses for AY 2014-2015 to AY 2017-2018






III. If you are qualified, accomplish the CHED StuFAPs Application form. Download the form here.



IV. Submit the accomplished Application Form, together with pertinent documentary requirements, directly to the CHED Regional Office concerned. 
 All applications must be submitted to CHED. 

The deadline for submission of requirements is on April 28, 2017. 

Here are the list of CHED Regional Offices Nationwide













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Thursday, February 16, 2017

DOMESTIC ABUSE EXPOSED BY A FILIPINA ON SOCIAL MEDIA

An OFW in Abu Dhabi,UAE,  turned to social media to expose the violence being done to him by her Jordanian husband.  Along with a close-up picture of her bruised face. The words: “I suffer for so many years. Please, Mahmoud Abuhalawa, divorce me,” can be read on the LinkedIn and Instagram profile of Mary Ann Batulanon.   "This has been going on for many years. He beats me up black and blue without any mercy. I cannot take it anymore," Batulanon, 30, told Khaleej Times over the phone. The mother of a four-year old girl has filed for divorce and the case is pending at the Abu Dhabi family court.  However, the husband, who works in a bank,  denied the allegations.  "It is not true. She hurts herself every time and goes to the court to file case against me," said the husband. Batulanon works as a receptionist in a car showroom in Abu Dhabi. She got married to Jordanian Abuhalawa in 2012, after converting to Islam.  Batulanon said that from the early days of their marriage, her husband started to hurt her. In fact, a medical record shows that she had bluish discoloration of the skin, bruises caused by external trauma.  Batulanon decided to live in a separate house last week because her husband hurt her again.  "All i want from him now is a divorce. he should also pay for my daughter's maintenance. I [turned] to social media so that the world [may know] what he [has been doing] to me," she said.  The husband said that he is willing to give her the divorce she is asking, but he will take a legal action against her if she slanders his name in social media.        Court documents tell that in 2016, Batulanon filed a divorce from her husband and applied for the custody of her 4 -year-old daughter but the couple was once reconciled and the domestic violence  charges against the husband has been dropped. However, the incident happened again just recently and batulanon again  ask for a divorce. Now, the family prosecution had forwarded the case to the court after the husband has failed to appear before the family guidance committee. RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES






An OFW in Abu Dhabi,UAE,  turned to social media to expose the violence being done to him by her Jordanian husband.

Along with a close-up picture of her bruised face. The words: “I suffer for so many years. Please, Mahmoud Abuhalawa, divorce me,”
can be read on the LinkedIn and Instagram profile of Mary Ann Batulanon. 
An OFW in Abu Dhabi,UAE,  turned to social media to expose the violence being done to him by her Jordanian husband.  Along with a close-up picture of her bruised face. The words: “I suffer for so many years. Please, Mahmoud Abuhalawa, divorce me,” can be read on the LinkedIn and Instagram profile of Mary Ann Batulanon.   "This has been going on for many years. He beats me up black and blue without any mercy. I cannot take it anymore," Batulanon, 30, told Khaleej Times over the phone. The mother of a four-year old girl has filed for divorce and the case is pending at the Abu Dhabi family court.  However, the husband, who works in a bank,  denied the allegations.  "It is not true. She hurts herself every time and goes to the court to file case against me," said the husband. Batulanon works as a receptionist in a car showroom in Abu Dhabi. She got married to Jordanian Abuhalawa in 2012, after converting to Islam.  Batulanon said that from the early days of their marriage, her husband started to hurt her. In fact, a medical record shows that she had bluish discoloration of the skin, bruises caused by external trauma.  Batulanon decided to live in a separate house last week because her husband hurt her again.  "All i want from him now is a divorce. he should also pay for my daughter's maintenance. I [turned] to social media so that the world [may know] what he [has been doing] to me," she said.  The husband said that he is willing to give her the divorce she is asking, but he will take a legal action against her if she slanders his name in social media.        Court documents tell that in 2016, Batulanon filed a divorce from her husband and applied for the custody of her 4 -year-old daughter but the couple was once reconciled and the domestic violence  charges against the husband has been dropped. However, the incident happened again just recently and batulanon again  ask for a divorce. Now, the family prosecution had forwarded the case to the court after the husband has failed to appear before the family guidance committee. RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES
"This has been going on for many years. He beats me up black and blue without any mercy. I cannot take it anymore," Batulanon, 30, told Khaleej Times over the phone. The mother of a four-year old girl has filed for divorce and the case is pending at the Abu Dhabi family court.

However, the husband, who works in a bank,  denied the allegations.
"It is not true. She hurts herself every time and goes to the court to file case against me," said the husband. Batulanon works as a receptionist in a car showroom in Abu Dhabi. She got married to Jordanian Abuhalawa in 2012, after converting to Islam.

Batulanon said that from the early days of their marriage, her husband started to hurt her. In fact, a medical record shows that she had bluish discoloration of the skin, bruises caused by external trauma.

Batulanon decided to live in a separate house last week because her husband hurt her again.

"All i want from him now is a divorce. he should also pay for my daughter's maintenance. I [turned] to social media so that the world [may know] what he [has been doing] to me," she said.

The husband said that he is willing to give her the divorce she is asking, but he will take a legal action against her if she slanders his name in social media.






Court documents tell that in 2016, Batulanon filed a divorce from her husband and applied for the custody of her 4 -year-old daughter but the couple was once reconciled and the domestic violence  charges against the husband has been dropped.
However, the incident happened again just recently and batulanon again  ask for a divorce. Now, the family prosecution had forwarded the case to the court after the husband has failed to appear before the family guidance committee.

©2017 THOUGHTSKOTO

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