The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will file the necessary complaint against the NAR Training and Management Service for asking Rowena Uychiat, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was abused by her employer in Hong Kong, to pay a P45,000 placement fee.
Uychiat was the OFW who was allegedly maltreated by her employer, Yiu Anna Hoi Yin, since July 23, 2013. The Filipina OFW was not allowed any rest day and statutory holidays as her employer promised to pay her for working on these days.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong, will assist Uychiat in filing the complaint against the training center.
Baldoz added that the Nittan Capital Finance Incorporated, from whom Uychiat loaned P50,000 to pay the placement fee, will also be penalized,.
Further, the DOLE secretary has ordered POEA chief Hans Leo Cacdac to file a case against a certain “Joy” of the NAR Training and Management Service who deducted P5,000 from the loan proceeds allegedly as processing fee.
Meanwhile, Welfare Officer Kris Furaque urged Uychiat to bring the matter to the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong.
Philippine Labor Attaché to Hong Kong Manuel Roldan also reported to Baldoz that their office is now investigating the alleged withholding of Uychiat’s passport by the Hong Kong agency. The OFW said her employer has confiscated her Hong Kong identity card, passport and employment contract.
Uychiat, a widow, has a 19-year old daughter, Justine, who is taking up criminology at Bago City College. She also has a 13-year old son, Ryan.
“We will submit other information and further developments on the case as soon as possible,” Roldan said in his report.
Roldan earlier said that the POLO in Hong Kong has already blacklisted Uychiat’s employer.