A video posted in social media went viral showing a group of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) working hand in hand to bring food to their fellow OFW that was allegedly imprisoned in the home of their employer in Salwa, Kuwait.
In the video, the group made use of plastic and an electric wire long enough to deliver food, a cellphone, and a pocket Wi-Fi to their friend located in the lower part of the building. They were worried when one of their co-workers was not able to return to their room. It was even speculated that she won’t be released from the room any time soon.
The OFW has been working in Kuwait for almost three years and she has not been paid yet for her four months of work. The group of Filipinos thought about secretly bringing food to her since the woman has been starving because of being imprisoned in the room for almost 2 days.
After the incident, the employer made the imprisoned OFW travel back to the Philippines but with only one month worth of salary. The salary was used by the OFW to buy her ticket back to the Philippines and process her passport. According to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Executive Director V Arnel Ignacio, the employer must pay for the ticket back home of the employees.
“‘Papatawag natin ‘yong agency na nagpadala sa kaniya doon at kailangan i-settle nila ‘yon, kung ano ‘yong sahod na hindi niya nakuha (We will call the agency that brought her there and they should be the one to settle the salary which she did not yet receive),” Ignacio said.
The OWWA will work together with the International Labor Affairs Bureau and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to take the necessary actions against the employer for what he/she has done to the OFW.