Pinay domestic helper in Kuwait seeks help via SMS

“Sir john please help me naka-kulong ako d2 sa rooftop ng bahay ng amo ko; ayaw nila ako i-return sa agency, wala ako kain dito please kunin nyo ako dito.”

This was one of the text messages 36-year-old Melanie Tanda, an overseas Filipino worker(OFW) from Mansilingan, Bacolod City, sent to John Leonard Monterona, coordinator of the Migrante-Middle East.

“On her short messages to me, she claimed that she is not given food and water and she has been locked up at her employer’s house at the roof top. No doubt she is being abused and maltreated,” Monterona said.

Monterona yesterday sent an email message to Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Shulan O.

Primavera urging the government to act on Tanda’s case immediately.

“We are requesting your good office thru the RP embassy’s Assistance to the Nationals unit to arrange to rescue her (Tanda’s) from her employer as she has been abused and very worried of her situation,” Monterona said in his letter.

He asked the ambassador to instruct his staff to call the abused OFW, provided it is discretely done and not to inform her employer for OFW Tanda’s safety and security.

Monterona said Migrante officers in Kuwait will be informing her local recruitment agent, the Waleed Al Abdul Jader office, which office address is at Dasman Palace, Dasman studio.

“We hope that by formally endorsing her case directly to your kind attention, it would merit your prompt action,” Monterona said in the letter.   D’Jay Lazaro


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