Vice President Jejomar Binay on Friday asked government agencies to extend assistance to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was repatriated with the help of his office after she was allegedly abused and maltreated by her employer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Vice President visited OFW Christine Afante at her home in Parañaque. “I encourage those who know of any abuse or mistreatment inflicted on our OFWs to report these cases to my office so that we could extend the needed assistance,” Binay said.
Afante worked in the UAE and her employer reportedly mistreated her and attempted to rape her.
Christine’s mother, Marissa, went to the Vice President’s office to ask for help in bringing her daughter home after hearing of her plight from friends.
Binay, as Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers Concerns, then directed his office to coordinate closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine embassy to help facilitate her repatriation.
Binay also endorsed her to the OWWA and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NCRO) where she may avail of livelihood starter kits under the Balik-Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay Project of the government.
The NCRO also offers job referral assistance, temporary shelter, medical care and counseling for returning OFWs.
Meanwhile, Binay said the OVP acted on 410 requests for assistance from OFWs and their families in the first quarter of this year.
The requests range from repatriation, assistance on salary and benefits claims, legal assistance for detained OFWs, and grievances against recruiters and agents.