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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 20, 2011
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City helps return
of maltreated OFW

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The Sectoral Concerns Office of the Bacolod City Government has facilitated the return of a maltreated Overseas Filipino Worker in Kuwait to Bacolod City.

Analyn Sayson, 24, of Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City said she arrived in Nov. 9, 2009 Kuwait where she worked as a domestic helper for eight months before she fled from her employer who, she said, maltreated her.

She said she sought refuge at the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for three months before she attempted to buy a plane ticket to return to the Philippines.

However, when she went to the airport, she was held by the Immigration Office of Kuwait for a week after her employer accused her of abandoning her job, she added.

Sayson said she was later endorsed to the State of Kuwait Central Jail where she stayed for three months.

She narrated that she was maltreated several times by the wife of her employer, Musa Saad Al Qathani. Her employer tried to fetch her at the Philippine Embassy several times because she had not yet completed her contract with them, she said.

Sayson said OFW’s are coming to the Philippine Embassy almost everyday also to seek help.

She called up her parents to ask for help and they then approached the Sectoral Concerns Office headed by Vicente Petierre Sr., to seek assistance, she said.

Sayson thanked Mayor Evelio Leonardia for the assistance provided by the city in facilitating her return to Bacolod when she paid a call on him at the Bacolod City Government Center yesterday.

She advised those who plan to work abroad that they should check the background of their employers before accepting a job.

She has no plans of working abroad again since she was traumatized by her experience and prefers to work in Bacolod in the meantime, Sayson added.*CGS

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