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OFW in Video Returns Home; OWWA Lends a Helping Hand

December 21, 2016
OFW in Video Returns Home; OWWA Lends a Helping Hand

45-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Rosemarie B. Jullanda, whose video went viral in the social media when she uploaded a video of herself crying uncontrollably after allegedly being slapped, kicked, and beaten by her ‘aba’ or male employer in Zarah, Kuwait, is now back in the Philippines.

 

According to Rosemarie, so far, this is her third employer and she didn’t expect to be treated the way she was treated by her ‘doctor’ employer. Most of the time, added OFW Jullanda, it was only her `madame’ who stays in the house since the husband of her employer works in Riyadh.

 

She admitted that she was the one who uploaded the video herself and was actually clueless how the video became trending in social media. “Ang amo ko pa ang nagsabi sa akin na nasa video ako at noong nalaman niya iyon ay sinaktan na naman niya ako,” the OFW said reminiscing the unfortunate incident. She then requested her female employer to accompany her to her foreign recruitment agency (FRA) to inform them of her predicament as she wanted to flee out of her employer’s  unconducive work environment. She was hoping against hope that she would be brought to the Philippine Embassy where she would temporarily stay while processing her repatriation.

 

Her hope was dampened when she was brought by her employer to a deserted place where she stayed for two hours, with no one in sight. There, she prayed real hard wishing to end her nightmare. One event led to another. In one moment she was even brought to a police station where she stayed for 16 hours, talked to her Foreign Recruitment Agency, where she was brought back to her employer.

 

At her employer’s house, she was made to appear again in video, this time retracting everything she said in her earlier appeal. In order to end her agony, she added that she struggled to adhere to her male employer’s demand for an apology, and even started to work again for them, which, according to her is part of her strategy to win her employer’s trust in her. Three days after the video was shown and viewed by the Filipino communities abroad as well as the Philippine Embassy officials in Dubai, and her local recruitment agency in the Philippines, she felt somewhat surprised and greatly relieved that one morning, her employer handed her the plane ticket, and accompanied her to the airport en route to the Philippines.

 

“Sobrang nakahinga ako nang maluwag at makakauwi na sa Pilipinas,” the visibly happy Rosemarie quipped. All things happened so fast that she was not able to think of anything but to return home.

 

At the OWWA Center, a settlement was agreed upon by OFW Jullanda and representatives from ABCA International Corporation, her local recruitment agency which was witnessed by OIC Carmelina F. Velasquez and Atty. Edelyn D. Claustro of the Office of the Administrator. OFW Jullanda, a mother of 5 children, ages 25, 23, 21, 19, and 2 years old, received the amount of P100,00.00 representing her remaining 6 months salaries, plus medical expenses to be shouldered by ABCA.

OFW Jullanda receives her claim amounting to Php 100,000.00 from her local agency, ABCA, witnessed by OWWA Officer-In-Charge Carmelina F. Velasquez.
 

OWWA will  also  provide scholarship program   and offered  the  “Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay  livelihood program to the distressed OFW.  Rosemarie  started working for the couple in April 2015.


OFW Rosemarie B. Jullanda carefully reads the provisions of the financial settlement with her local agency.