An overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has sought the help of the Daily Tribune and concerned Philippine government officials to assist in her repatriation after alleged maltreatment by her employer.
In a private message sent to Daily Tribune’s Facebook page yesterday, Elizabeth Bactad, said she was working as a maid but experienced health problems for over three weeks. Bactad said she could no longer bear her condition so she wanted to go back to the Philippines.
She experienced extreme stomach pains but her employer refused to have her examined by a doctor.
“My agency won’t allow me to go back and they want me to work for other employer instead,” said Bactad, a resident of San Miguel in Pangasinan.
A picture of her recruitment paper indicated that Bactad’s recruitment agency in the Philippines was Goodman International Manpower, Inc. with an office on Mabini Street, Malate, Manila.
She also sent her pictures, including one showing the gauze covering the mark left by needles when she was administered intravenous fluids for her treatment.
The Daily Tribune editorial board has decided to refer Bactad’s complaint and plea for repatriation to the concerned government agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, as well as to former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go who had vowed to assist distressed OFW.
According to Bactad, she experienced extreme stomach pains but her employer refused to have her examined by a doctor. Just to relieve her pain, Bactad said she even gave money to her employer and begged him to buy her medicine.