OFW Suffers Burns from Oven Accident, Employer Still Pushes Her to Work or Pay Php150k

A lot of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) risk their lives as they work far away from their families, often in unsafe conditions. Many of them don’t mind the risks as long as they get to provide a better life for their families.

Photo credit: Claire Sarmiento / Facebook

Amor S. Talleser works at a household in Kuwait. An oven explosion while she was cooking at 2AM last May 25 led to burns on her face, arms, and other parts of her body. The burns were painful, yet her employer only took her to the hospital at 5AM.

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At first, the employer assured Amor that she could rest while letting the wound heal. After all, the family had another domestic helper. But just a few days after the incident, the employer was already demanding that Amor should get back to work!

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Barely able to move because of the pain, Amor begged for an extension of a few more days, but the heartless employer refused to listen to her pleas. When she asked to be allowed to go home, instead, she was told that she could go if she pays them Php150k. Because she didn’t have that kind of money to pay the employer, she was told to get back to work – even if the burns are still painful.

Amor’s daughter, Claire Sarmiento, shared her plight on Facebook as they sought help from social media for ways to save her mother.

According to Claire, the agency refused to help her mother go home because the employer had decided to let her stay or pay a huge amount of money. The agency even told her it was better if her employer will get angry, as she feared, because that would mean they would send her home! Tsk. Tsk.

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The family has also sought the help of OWWA but were told to wait 5 working days to see what action the government agency will take on the matter.

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The clock is ticking but the OFW could not just wait for 5 working days for action to be taken because she still feels a lot of pain from her burns yet her employer is already pushing her to work again.

Sources: Claire Sarmiento / Facebook, OFW Tambayan