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Bantay OCW (Ang Boses ng OFW)

Never again!

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Mary Joy Sinoro went to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in May 2012 as a household service worker.

But she was not able to finish her employment contract after being diagnosed with Hepatitis B in her first month of employment.

She had no idea how she contracted the disease. Her illness shattered the family’s hope for a brighter future, the main reason she went abroad.

Five months passed and Mary Joy’s husband Marlo had no information if his wife was coming home or not.  Marlo asked the Bantay OCW program of Radyo Inquirer 990 AM for help in bringing his wife home.

Marlo said his wife was directly hired by her employer in Dubai, although processing of her travel and work documents was done  through a local agency, Crosswind Manpower Services, which is currently under preventive suspension according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

Bantay OCW referred the  matter to the office of labor attaché Amilbahar Amilasna of POLO-Dubai. Bantay OCW  also interviewed by telephone Mary Joy,  who was under the care of the Philippine Consulate in Dubai while the necessary documents were being processed.

Despite Mary Joy’s failing health, she bravely faced her problem.

The good news is that Mary Joy was finally able to come home and be reunited with her family.  Marlo became more determined to work hard for the family.

When asked if he would allow Mary Joy to work abroad again, Marlo replied, “Never again! As head of the family, I have the responsibility to provide for my family. My wife will be able to care for our two children even if life is difficult due to the meager income I get from construction work. This is better than having my wife work overseas.”

The family of Mary Joy thanked Bantay OCW and the concerned agencies that facilitated her return to the Philippines.

Fifth in a row

For the fifth straight year, the Gawad Tanglaw named Bantay OCW with Susan K. the Best Public Service Program in the country.

The awarding ceremony was held at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Calamba, Laguna on March 7.

Gawad Tanglaw, short for Gawad Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw, is an organization of noted members of the academe. Every year, it honors outstanding achievements in film, television, radio, and print.

We dedicate this honor to all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) around the world whose sacrifices overseas are truly immeasurable. We express our gratitude to our partners in public service from the Inquirer group, the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Inquirer Bandera, Inquirer.net and Radyo Inquirer 990 AM.

We would also like to thank PTV 4 (People’s Television), GMA News TV International, Remate, Watchmen Daily, Groove Magazine in Hong Kong, Pinoy Star magazine in Singapore and Filipino News in Italy.

To Gawad Tanglaw, thank you very much for this very significant recognition.

Bantay OCW is now on its 17th year of public service to OFWs.

Susan Andes, aka Susan K., is on board at Radyo Inquirer 990 dzIQ AM,

Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-12 noon and 12:30-2 p.m. with audio/video live streaming: www.dziq.am Studio: 2/F MRP Bldg., Mola St. cor. Pasong Tirad St., Makati City; PTV 4, every Friday, 8-9 p.m. and GMA News TV International, helpline: 0927-6499870 and e-mail: susankbantayocw@yahoo.com/bantayocwfoundation@yahoo.com


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  • pepito gwaps

    Moral of the story. When your love one has left you thats the time of realization that she need not to go.

    • Abraham Ortiz

      She was medically fit to work before leaving the Philippines so probably she got it abroad or the medical records abroad was defective.Life is unfair really.You have all the hopes and aspiration of working abroad and this?Pray everyday!Who knows ,you might win the lotto any day now and let you stay here in the Philippines forever.Remember,it’s more fun in the Philippines!Don’t lost hope!Wish every day that you and your family will be! ok

  • foreignerph

    If she showed symptoms of hepatitis B during her first month abroad, it means that she contracted the disease in the Phils since the incubation period is on average 90 days (range: 60–150 days). I don’t see the point of this melodramatic article but if it was to highlight (once again) how cruel foreign employers are, you are wrong. An employer is very well entitled to deny an employee that carries a disease that was not contracted while he/she was employed by him and not even in the country yet.

    The husband should also be more modest in his outcry. Hepatitis B is caused by a blood-borne virus and the most common ways of infection are mother>child (not applicable), dirty injection needles, blood transfusion with infected blood and sex with an infected partner. When the lady was not a drug user sharing needles, had no blood transfusion in the 6 months before her leave and her husband was not infected, – the conclusion that she had sex with an infected person (not her husband) in the Phils before she left is very probable.

    Try another foreign employer-bashing story.

    • pepito gwaps

      RH supporters will like that..

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    pacheck yung asawa kung meron. kung wala, pacheck kung sino2 ang inasawa nung babae.ito ay base sa kundisyon na hindi cya nagdrugs o di sya binigyan ng sakit ng kanyang ina.

    icheck nyo na lang. iba na ang pangangailangan kapag kasama ang kama.

  • Love God

    STOP THIS MAID EXPORT. THEY ARE ABUSED, RAPED WORSE KILLED IN MANY ARAB COUNTRIES. MOST OF THEM DOES NOT REPORT THE ABUSES OUT OF FEAR AND SUFFER. ALTHOUGH THEY GET A $500 CONTRACT THEY GET ONLY $200 IN HAND. IT IS THE USUAL PRACTICE TO JUMP THE RULES. THIS AMOUNT IS LESS THAN THE MINIMUM WAGES IN PHILIPPINES. SO WHY SEND THEM ABROAD TO BE A SLAVE?

    OUR GOVERNMENT MUST ORDER A BAN ON THE DEPLOYMENT OF MAIDS TO ALL ARAB COUNTRIES IMMEDIATELY AND PROVIDE THEM ALTERNATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES HERE. OR OUR GOVERNMENT IS WORRIED ABOUT THE REMITTANCE ONLY? WHEN CAN WE REMOVE THE TAG OF BEING THE LARGEST EXPORTER OF MAIDS? TAMA NA PO!

    ANYONE REALLY CARE FOR THESE HAPLESS FOLKS?



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