Life abroad is a gamble, you have no hint of what you’re life will be until you get there. However, though you may experience difficulties there, don’t lose hope and know that there are still people who are willing to help.
A friend of an OFW, Trish Tomas, posted in a Facebook group asking help for her OFW friend. Her friend was named as Vanessa Tabagan Pante from Naga City Camarines Sur. Vanessa was a housemaid worker in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
According to Trish, Vanessa was molested many times by her employer. In addition, Trish said that they had asked help from their agency, ABC Manpower Agency Inc. and P&R Manpower Agency but got nothing. Instead, their agency told them that maybe her friend was giving motives to her employer that’s why she was molested. (How inconsiderate)
Amer Navodlom, an admin of the Facebook group, OFW “PROBLEMA MO SAGOT KO” SAAN SULOK NG MUNDO (ACTION AGAD), saw Trish’s post and immediately relay it to their admin group.
OFW “PROBLEMA MO SAGOT KO” SAAN SULOK NG MUNDO (ACTION AGAD) is a known Facebook group whose mission is to give immediate help to Overseas Filipino Workers.
If there’s a will, there’s a way
When Amer reported the OFW’s case, she was told that though they can relay the OFW’s concern, they still need to inform the proper authorities first hand. She was then given contact numbers whom the OFW can call.
However, Amer said that the OFW has no cell phone since it was confiscated by her employer. But added that she will inform the OFW’s friend instead.
And as the saying goes, ‘If there’s a will, there’s a way’, despite having no means of contact, they managed to rescue Vanessa and got her under custody by POLO. Now, Vanessa is safely home in the Philippines.