Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Help a Waraynon OFW in Kuwait

KATUNGOD–SB–KARAPATAN
Alyansa ha Pagpanalipod han Tawhanon nga Katungod ha Sinirangan Bisayas
Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights in Eastern Visayas)
Email: katungodsbisayas@yahoo.com, xandre24@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.karapatan.org

P.O. Box 204, Tacloban Central Post Office, Tacloban City, 6500 Leyte

FACTSHEET
KATUNGOD-SB Case No. 05-09-19 (Mig)

Complainant:

Myra Naputo (sister of the victim).

Address in Tacloban:

Brgy. Mangga, Sagkahan District, Tacloban City, 6500 Leyte.

Victim’s Identity:

Myrna Naputo-Consumo, 31 yrs old, married, and with 2 children.

Name of Employer and Address:

The second employer - Major Bander Alshammary (a major in Kuwait Army and a director of morals in the Kuwait government), St. 1, Block 1, House 17, Garnatha, Kuwait (Contact Numbers: +965-985-9504, or landlines 484-4264, 481-2482).

Name of Agency and Address:

MMML Recruitment Services Incorporated, located at Aladona Bait Building (beside a tailoring shop), City of Kuwait, with Telephone Numbers 240-0399 and 241-1799; Aisha Ibraheem (agency owner), with address at Block 45. Number 103, Gate 53, City of Kuwait.


Details/Circumstances:

She narrated that her sister named Myrna Naputo-Consumo, 31 yrs old, married, and with 2 children called them up and relayed that she is currently experiencing violence from her employers.

She (Myrna) left the country last 31 May 2005 and started working in Kuwait by June 3005 hired by the MMML Recruitment Services, Incorporated based in the City of Kuwait.

The condition for her employment is “fly now, pay later”. She has been encouraged to be an OFW because of the “job fairs” initiated by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) sometime in March this year. The sister, Myra told us that this means she had to go without pay for three (3) months, as her monthly pay goes to the placement agency.

Working Conditions:

During her first employment as domestic helper, she was almost killed (by stabbing) by her employers. She experienced 20 hours of working, only 4 hours of rest, and no day off. She did not receive salary during her first employer.

Because of this, she sought another work there (read: was forced by the agency to transfer to another employer). That was the time she worked at the house of Major Bander Alshammary.

Myrna Naputo-Consumo relayed to her family that she was staying in the house of her employer and was tasked to do domestic chores. She was working there along with two (3) other Filipinas, two (2) Syrian women, one (1) Nepalese woman and a male house helper whom she did not know the country origin.

Narration of Events:

By the third week of July 2005, she was employed by a second employer named Major Bander Alshammary. She was forced to work for 20 hours and only four (4) hours of rest. She had no day-off and was not allowed to use cellular phone and telephone for calls.

The son (name not known) of her employer was always shouting at her “Myrna, you’re a liar”.

Last August 2005, she suffered cough due to the strenuous work. Her employer did not help her for medication. She was obliged to work even if she has a cough.

She also complained that the food served them consisted only of a small cup of rice and sometimes she eats even without viand. She narrated to her relatives that the rest of the Filipina workers who were already able to pay the placement fees just buy additional food and other necessities.

Last September 16, 2005 in the morning (Philippine time), her woman-employer named Madam Bhaba Alshammary suspiciously told her that she was not cleaning the house.

September 17, 2005 around 2pm (Philippine time), Major Bander Alshammary dragged her and pushed her in the 11-stepped staircase. She is currently suffering from bruises and physical pain. Her employer did not help her for medication.

On the same date, she ran away from her employer and appealed to Philippine Embassy in Kuwait for help. She said that her co-workers in the Alshammary residence gave her 15 dinars in order to escape. It was the Syrian national and the male house helper who accompanied her to the Philippine Embassy.

While she was in the Embassy, she signed a document asking help in order that she could go home.

Last September 18, 2005, a certain Aisha Ibaheem, manager of MMML Recruitment Agency Incorporated in Kuwait told her “You are obliged to pay your remaining debts within five (5) days or else you will be transferred to other employer. If not, you will be compelled to work back under Major Bander Alshammary”. She was held under the custody of her agency.

Last September 19, 2005 around 11:00am (Philippine data and time), she ran away from the agency because she learned that the manager contacted Major Bander Alshammary. On the same date, another Filipino worker helped her. She was given refuge by a Filipino worker whom she did not know the name and address of the place.

Last September 21, 2005 around 16:42, Myrna contacted her sister by asking opinion if it was alright if she goes back to the embassy.

At present, Myrna Naputo-Consumo is at the Philippine Embassy.

The sister appealed to us if we can link up to her as in the case of other OFWs, as she has nowhere to go.

Just today (September 24, 2005), her sister Myra Naputo texted with me that her sister is in the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and is seeking assistance from embassy officials. She is afraid that her agency will return her to her employer, as in the previous case when she sought the help of embassy officials. She said in the text message from Kuwait that she fears for her life and safety. The embassy officials in Kuwait view Myrna’s problem differently as usual. She is also considering options like returning home.

The Gabriela formation here in Eastern Visayas has taken up the case and their staff workers are maintaining the contact with the Naputo family.

1 Comments:

At 1:11 PM, Blogger She said...

First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your blog, especially that you are blogging about important issues.

I accidentally found Samar.com yesterday (October 28, 2005) and from there, I read the link to your blog.

What can we do for Myrna Naputo-Consumo? The following could be some options:

1. Raise some money for her flight back home.

2. Raise some money to pay her recruitment agency for her remaining debt.

3. Examine her contract with the recruitment agency if it is according to the international labor laws. Sue the agency if illegalities are found. Sue for damages, (perhaps she should not pay her remaining debt anymore and the agency could pay her damages and could pay her medication and for theraphy. Here, it is important to be backed by a well-known organizations like Amnesty International and other organizations for human rights.

4. Contemplate for chances if the abusive employer could be sued. Perhaps the co-workers who accompanied her to the embassy could be asked as witnesses.

5. Raise also some amount for her and for her family for the first months after she arrived home. Often OFW have to support their family. After months of absence without salary, her family must be needing a little money very badly, especially that she has two children.

6. Ask if the Philippine Embassy, Migrante International and other organizations has funds for cases like her.

7. The people in the Philippine Embassy should also tell her situation (without telling her identity) to visiting OFW perhaps they would contribute some money she would need.

8. Contact and tell her case to, if possible, all international organizations for human rights.

9. The people in the Philippine Embassy should extend her moral support to endure until she overcome the situation safely.

10. Somebody has to make it possible for her to send text to her family in the Philippines and her family there too should maintain the communication to monitor how she is and to extend her the moral support and strength she needed.

I know these seem like wishful thinking. All of the above are possible if she were an OFW in a democratic western countray say, Germany or England. But the countries in the middle east too are subject to international law. We can only gain in trying.

I am a Filipina living in Germany.

 

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