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Thursday, August 23, 2018

DFA Appeal: Do Not Post Unconfirmed Infos On Social Media

We often hear cases of maltreatment among overseas Filipino workers (OFW). Scalded, beaten, and an instance also where a household service worker (HSW) was found lifeless inside a freezer in Kuwait. In spite of the government efforts to protect the OFWs, incidents like this still persist. For the love of their family, OFWs still find greener pastures by finding a work abroad without thinking about the risks and possibilities of even losing their lives.
We often hear cases of maltreatment among overseas Filipino workers (OFW). Scalded, beaten, and an instance also where a household service worker (HSW) was found lifeless inside a freezer in Kuwait. In spite of the government efforts to protect the OFWs, incidents like this still persist. For the love of their family, OFWs still find greener pastures by finding a work abroad without thinking about the risks and possibilities of even losing their lives.    Advertisement    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it is looking into the case of a female overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was found dead inside a hotel room in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Saturday, August 18.     In a statement on Saturday, the DFA said that the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah only learned of the death on Saturday afternoon "after it was told by a concerned member of the Filipino community."    The DFA later clarified that the OFW was reported missing 3 days ago, and her body was discovered on Saturday morning.    "Initial inquiries made by the Consulate revealed that the deceased was single and 52 years of age at the time of her death. She first arrived in Saudi Arabia to work as a household service worker in 2007," DFA said.    Her identity was withheld, pending the notification of the victim's next of kin.    "We are saddened to learn about the passing under still unknown circumstances of one of our fellow Filipino," Consul General Edgar Badajos said in the statement.    He added that the Consulate General is coordinating with local authorities to determine the cause of the Filipina's death.    Ads    A viral social media post claiming a Filipina household worker in Bahrain suffered genital mutilation from her employer is inaccurate, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.    Due to the widespread of this false information, the DFA appealed to Filipinos abroad to avoid posting unverified information on social media.    "While we appreciate the concern extended by our countrymen abroad about this particular case, we should also be careful about posting something of this kind on social media without first checking its veracity," DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.    'Every complaint is taken seriously'    Lamenting the posting of a video of a distraught Filipina on social media, Arriola said that the Philippines has to protect the interests of the victim while maintaining relations with the Gulf states.    "Every complaint is taken seriously and is investigated. It does not need to go viral in social media," Arriola said.    The Filipino involved in the video was already in the Philippines when the post went viral on social media, according to Ambassador to Manama Alfonso Ver.  No signs of genital mutilation    Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano ordered the victim brought to the hospital and undergo a medical examination, the DFA said.    The medical test showed the victim had signs of physical abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.    "Doctors said that upon examination, the victim had no indications whatsoever of genital mutilation," Ver said.    The DFA will assist the victim, who is undergoing continuous medical care, and will also provide her family with financial assistance.    The Philippine Embassy, on the other hand, confirmed that the Filipina was underpaid. She was being paid BD90 instead of BD150 monthly.    According to Ver, the embassy had gotten in touch with officials of the Bahrain Labour Market Regulatory Authority, who have promised to cooperate in the investigation.    Ads    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is appealing to Filipinos abroad to avoid posting unverified information on social media.     The DFA issued the appeal after a social media post involving a Filipina household service worker in Bahrain who was supposedly subjected to genital mutilation by her employer went viral but later turned out to be untrue.    “While we appreciate the concern extended by our kababayan abroad about this particular case, we should also be careful about posting something of this kind on social media without first checking its veracity,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said.    “We have to protect the interests of our kababayan victim and at the same time make sure we do not unnecessarily strain our relations with the host state,” Undersecretary Arriola said as she lamented the posting on social media of a video showing the visibly distraught Filipina.    “Every complaint is taken seriously and is investigated. It does not need to go viral in social media,” the Undersecretary said in cautioning Filipinos abroad against passing on through social media unverified information of very sensitive nature, particularly in the Middle East where there are very strict defamation laws.    Ambassador to Manama Alfonso A. Ver said the woman was already in the Philippines when the post went viral but Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano had her located and brought immediately to the hospital for medical examination.    “Doctors said that upon examination, the victim had no indications whatsoever of genital mutilation,” Ambassador Ver said.    However, Ambassador Ver said the medical examination of the victim revealed signs of physical abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.    Ambassador Ver said the DFA will provide for the continuing medical care of the victim who remains confined at the hospital. The DFA Office of Migrant Workers Affairs will also provide her family with financial assistance.    The envoy said the Embassy has also learned that the victim was underpaid by her employer. Instead of BD150.00, the victim was only being paid BD90.00 monthly, according to the envoy.    Ambassador Ver said the Embassy has already contacted officials of the Labor Market Regulatory Authority who promised to cooperate in the investigation.    He also gave assurances that the Embassy will undertake the necessary courses of action to address the other concerns of the victim  Filed under the category of maltreatment, overseas Filipino workers,  household service worker, Kuwait, work abroad, OFW, HSW
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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said they are looking into a case of a female OFW who was recently found dead in a room at a hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.



 DFA said that a concerned member of the Filipino community told the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah about her death.

The OFW was reported missing for 3 already days before her body was found. According to the initial inquiries conducted by the DFA, the victim whos real name was not disclosed, was a 52-year-old OFW who first arrived at the kingdom in 2007.



Consul General Edgar Badajos said that the Consulate General is working with the with local authorities in finding out the cause of the death of the OFW.


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Another claim that a Filipina household worker in Bahrain suffered genital mutilation from her employer but the DFA later found out that the report was not accurate.



Due to the false information that is making rounds on social media, the DFA warned Filipinos abroad to avoid posting such unverified pieces of information.



"While we appreciate the concern extended by our countrymen abroad about this particular case, we should also be careful about posting something of this kind on social media without first checking its veracity," DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said.

Arriola also said that such complaints are taken seriously. The OFW involved in the said video was said to be already in the Philippines as the post had become viral in social media. 


Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano immediately ordered the victim to be brought to the hospital and undergo a medical examination. Medical tests showed no signs of genital mutilation but the OFW was definitely physically abused and suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder.

The DFA will provide financial assistance to her family with while assisting the victim in undergoing continuous medical care.

The OFW was underpaid, according to the Philippine Embassy in Bahrain. Instead of getting BD150 per month, the OFW was only being paid BD90.


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Ambassador Ver said the Embassy has already in coordination with the officials of the Labor Market Regulatory Authority for the investigation regarding the OFW's case.


He also assured that the Embassy will do the necessary action to address the other concerns of the victim
Filed under the category of maltreatment, overseas Filipino workers,  household service worker, Kuwait, work abroad, OFW, HSW

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