Rahima Makinay Panda is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia who is now seeking help so she can get back home to the Philippines because her employer refuses to let her go.
In a post on Facebook page Headlines SA PINAS., it was revealed that the OFW met an accident while with employer last June 26. Due to the impact she sustained in the accident, a bone on her right leg was broken.
Panda had to undergo surgery last July 13 to fix her broken leg. According to her, the injured part was fused together by steel, most likely stainless steel. Even though she was injured, her employer wants her to continue working but when she was asked to iron clothes, she refused. Because of the situation, Panda told her employer she wishes to get home to the Philippines but the request was refused because the employer told her they spent a lot of money, more than 25,000 Saudi riyal (Php340,700), on her.
She tried asking help from her agency and was told she could go home but the employer told her the agency wants to charge them 12,000 Saudi riyals (Php163,700) for her replacement. The employer told her she could go home if her parents would pay the agency the money they needed for the replacement.
Stuck in Jeddah because of the situation, Panda fears she wouldn’t survive because the other OFW who was with her at the same household will be going home at the end of the month. This means no one would give her food now and she’d be stuck doing the chores even if she finds it difficult to move around.
Panda hopes her situation could reach Raffy Tulfo or some other person who could help her go home…
Her Original Post:
BUHAY OFW: NAKAKA AWA NAMAN SI KABAYAN SANA AYOS NA SYA SA NGAYON!!
June 26 ng ma aksidente kmi ng mga amo qo, july 13 ng operahan aqo kc naputol yung buto ng binti qo kya nilagyan ng bakal sa loob, gusto kung umuwi pero ayaw aqo pyagan ng amo qo na umuwi kc mlaki daw binayad nila sa agency qo 25th riyals daw, humingi na aqo ng tulong sa agency qo at sabi ng agency qo mkakauwi daw aqo maghintay lng daw aqo, halos isang buwan na aqo naghihintay,
Yung amo qo sinabihan aqo na mamlantsa n daw aqo sabi qo ayaw qo uuwi aqo dahil diko n kaya mag work, nagalit sa akin at sinigawan aqo, sinabi nya n khit anong gawin qo daw hndi daw aqo mkaka uwi.. sabi qo papalitan nmn aqo ng agency qo daw, pero ang sabi ng amo qo sinabi ng #agency na pinagbabayad cla ng 12th riyals para doon sa papalit sa akin,
Pero di daw cla magbabayad kung gusto qo daw umuwi yung #tatay qo daw magbayad sa agency ng 12th riyals, problema qo pa pag umuwi itong kasama qo ngayong month n din wala ng mag bibigay ng pagkain qo dito at mas lalo lng aqo mahirapan dito.. sana po matulongan nyo po agad aqo na maka uwi... sana po makarating kay Sir #Raffy Tulfo at sana matulongan nya akong maka uwi agad, nandito po aqo sa jeddah.
(C)Rhemz Makinay Panda
Her father and mother
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