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Irma Avila Edloy: OFW died in Saudi after disclosing maltreatment by employer


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Filipina Irma Avila Edloy, an overseas Filipino worker or OFW in Saudi Arabia was allegedly raped and maltreated by her employer passed away last Friday. Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello reported this and added that Forensic investigation is ongoing to be able to determine the actual cause of Edloy’s death. She was 35 years old.

Bello said Edloy had been able to implicate her employer in the assault when she was rushed to Salman Hospital in Riyadh. Iric Arribas, charge d’affaires of the Philippine embassy in Saudi Arabia, also said that Saudi authorities are verifying whether the Filipina was raped due to lacerations in her private area, her underwear was soaked with blood and body injuries. They are also looking for indications if Edloy was already ill prior to her arrival in the Middle East.

In the intensive care unit, Edloy suffered cardiac arrest several times until she died on August 18, Arribas said.

Edloy was diagnosed to have “adult respiratory distress syndrome, bilateral hydronephrosis, active hydrocephalus, acute renal failure, and hematuria.” Meaning, that her lungs were inflamed, kidney was not properly working, there’s fluid in her brain, and blood was seen in her urine.

Philippine officials in the embassy in Saudi are working to send her remains back to the country. They are processing her death certificate due to the nature of the case.


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Any Replacement for Binay on OFW Woes?: Assistance Badly Needed by 11 OFWs in Riyadh

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Eleven Filipinos in Al-Hail, Riyadh have appealed to new Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte to help them after a court issued a decision in favor of their sponsor asking them to pay SR25,000 each.The Filipinos, who are mechanics and vehicle painters, have asked their embassy to provide an official interpreter during the court hearing.In their appeal on social media, the group members said it is now already five months when their colleague, Mecias Hernandes, was beaten up by their sponsor during which he suffered serious injuries. “Since that date, our case is still pending in the labor court. Now suddenly it has issued a verdict in favor of the sponsor,” the group claimed, while appealing again to review the case.

Jennifer Navarra, one of the complainants, told Arab News that most of them had spent six to seven years in service and were not allowed a leave, as stated in their contracts.
“That is how the problem started. He (the sponsor) never allowed to leave,” Navarra said.“In February, we decided to leave the work when he started beating us on petty charges, prompting us to submit the case to the Hail labor court, and we attended several hearings.“In one of the hearings, the court did not allow a representative from the Philippine Embassy as he (the sponsor) was not carrying an authorization letter from the embassy.

“Recently, we were informed that the same court decided in favor of our sponsor, urging us to pay SR25,000 each for halting working and causing a loss to his shop.“We are shocked and will not be able to pay while staying for nearly five months without salary,” he said.“We have our children back home and they cannot continue their study due to our poor condition,” he added – as reported by Arab News.


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Embassy Snobbed Pleas of OFWs in Jedah – No salary, No permit and No Safety

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Frederick Villar Francisco is now desperately trading his safety for the welfare of his family and fellow OFWs in Jedah who are suffering the same plight as him. They have not received their salary for the last four months and they have to keep on working discretely because of fear that if they go out of their quarters, they can be locked up in jail. Their employer, SAUDI OGER LTD. allowed their IQAMA ID. or RESIDENCE PERMIT to expire and given that they do not have a ticket and money to go back home, they are left with no choice but to stay in such horrendous situation.

Frederick has been reporting this incident to the Philippine Embassy in Jedah but to no avail. Although most of his colleagues are still hoping that they can get paid, Francisco is choosing to be with his loved ones once again than hope for the collectibles that might not be paid – even if it meant torture before deportation for him.

East West of Metropolitan Ave. in Brgy. San Antonio Makati City, Francisco’s local agency may contact Francis Francisco, Frederick’s brother to verify his case at 0949 683 9075. Social and Tri-Media friends are also welcome to check on Frederick via his Facebook account at (This initiative is supported by Makati Solid Binay by SAV Volunteers 2016:

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Crisis amongst Filipino Overseas Workers


By: Gemma Lagasca


OFWOverseas Filipino Workers are the Philippine’s current “living heroes” as they say. Generally, they leave their families to work very hard abroad – as “strangers and pilgrims” in a foreign land to earn money. This is to secure their family’s financial future. Based on the government data, there were estimated about 1.4 million Filipinos legally working abroad as migrant workers and continuously increasing each day. Their remittances are continuously boosting the economy for the national treasury.  At the same time, they are the key for improving the living condition of their families.

Unfortunately, not all overseas workers have happy endings. It’s really heartbreaking to hear certain stories about hardworking Filipinos aiming to provide a comfortable life for the family but woke up empty-handed one day. The worst, some even lose their lives leaving their survivors picking up the broken pieces tearfully – to start all over again without the main provider.  Despite the odds, many responsible workers will still push themselves to continue their journey abroad. It is not easy to survive in a foreign land but this article intended to remind those who are still going for greener pasture to learn from the mistakes of others. Here are the common issues with OFWs:

Family Issues

Marital problems top the list of OFW woes. The distance is the biggest threat in tearing apart a good relationship. Some overseas workers think that as long as their family is provided for, their duty ends up there. They probably forgot that the spouse who is left behind is assuming the responsibility of a father and a mother at the same time. The toughest situation is when they are neglected driving the affected to have an affair outside the marriage. If there are more than two children, it’s more likely that some of them will not be guided properly.

Open communication is vital for a long distance relationship. Make sure to set a constant schedule to reach out to your family and listen to their stories and experiences every day.  We should be thankful enough that we are now in the technology era wherein we can talk, cry, laugh or giggle with our loved ones anytime we wanted through Skype or video call. For couples, texting simple messages sealed with love every day will keep help keeping their relationship intact.

Financial Matters

Improper money management and having not enough financial knowledge are few reasons why OFWs go home with nothing. Here are some of the common money-related mistakes:

1.    Uncontrolled spending. The family gets carried away with the concept of having a “dollar provider”. The lifestyle will suddenly change – having more leisure activities, updated gadgets, dining out and fabulous vacations out of town.

To avoid all of these, exercise a good discipline in spending. Don’t think that you’re earning big that your lifestyle will go along with it. Do not let your income catch up with your wants—it will gradually pull you down into a hole of depth if you will allow this to happen.

2.    Depositing all your income to the family. Sending all the money will not be a problem at all if you have a budgeted plan with your partner. It should be clear to both where all these money will go.  However, this is not the case for most families. It should have been better if you have your own savings account to set as aside at least 20% of your monthly pay or more if you can. Send the family’s regular budget but set aside a certain amount for emergency fund.

3.    No long-term financial plans. Many OFWs and their families are enjoying life to the maximum level. They forget about the future especially when the contract ends. Take note that the future will not take care of itself alone. Don’t delay. Start preparing for it now! Set your dream for your family and begin saving and invest in mutual funds or retirement plans.

4.    Involve and teach your family members in managing your finances. OFWs tend to compensate the loneliness of their loved ones with material things. The kids can possibly grow like spoiled brats without any sense of responsibility. This approach is definitely wrong. Proper budgeting goes to every family member. This way, they will realize the value of your hard work.
Remember that the money you are earning now is the time you spent away from your family – so make sure to have enough to live comfortably when you are back.

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