Baldoz instructs POEA, OWWA, and POLO to assist abused OFW Uychiat

Date Posted: May 9th, 2014 06:43 AM


Baldoz instructs POEA, OWWA, and POLO to assist abused OFW Uychiat Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday directed Administrators Hans Leo J. Cacdac and Carmelita Dimzon of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, respectively, to look into the case of OFW Rowena Uychiat who was reportedly tortured and abused by her employer in Hong Kong. “Look into the nature of this case and work with each other and with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Hong Kong. I want to know what happened. Look how we can assist OFW Uychait and her family," said Baldoz after she received a report from Philippine Labor Attache to Hong Kong Manuel Roldan on Uychait's case. Labor Attache Roldan reported to Secretary Baldoz that the POLO has blacklisted Uychiat's employer, Yui Anna Hoi Yin, for abusing the OFW. "This means Yui Anna Hoi Yin cannot hire another worker unless police investigation shows otherwise. The POLO will not process any contract document which the employer will present as a pre-requisite to visa issuance," Roldan said, adding that the POLO has watch-listed a total of 3,545 employers, 320 of them in 2013 and 27 in the first two months of 2014. He explained that the POLO encourages OFWs whose employers are under the watch-list to report inappropriate working conditions, abuses, and maltreatment done to them by their employers. Uychiat, according to POEA records was first deployed for a two-year contract on 7 July 2009 to Kuwait as a household service worker by Mirben International Manpower Services with a US$400 monthly salary. She had returned and was re-deployed to Hong Kong on 22 July 2013. An active member of the OWWA, Uychiat would be entitled to livelihood and loan assistance should she decide to come back to the Philippines. She is also entitled to scholarship grants for her children. Should she need medical assistance, she will receive all PhilHealth benefits. Administrator Dimzon said that with regards the need for legal assistance, Uychiat can avail of it--from the POLO on the labor aspect and from the Philippine Consulate on the non-labor aspect. She said she will coordinate with the POLO in Hong Kong so that Uychiat can be extended this assistance. END/rhev

Created Aug 19th 2014, 10:35


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