The latest OFW casual in Kuwait is Jeanette Plegaria. She allegedly escaped from her employer who refused to give her food. Later on, the poor OFW got sick and died.
It was also found out that her recruitment agency refused to provide financial assistance for her hospital bills, instead, she was advised to escape from the hospital.
The agency only promised a financial assistance when she arrives in the Philippines.
However, after 8 months, Plegaria still didn’t manage to go home. Soon after, her condition got worse and eventually, she died last February 28.
Before the incident, her recruitment agency introduced Plegaria to three different employers.
Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is investigating the case of Plegaria.
Once they’ve proven that the recruitment agency of Plegaria neglected the OFW, they will face apenalty for the crime, especially because it is their responsibility to care for the welfare of the OFW, says DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
The recruitment agency remained mum on the issue.
The case of Joanna Demafelis
Currently, the Department of Labor and Employment is investing more than 50 recruitment agencies that allegedly neglected the welfare of OFWs.
In the case of Demafelis, the OFW who was found dead in a freezer, her recruiter said that Demafelis insisted on staying in Kuwait even though her contract was already expired.
But Bello insisted that it is the obligation of the recruitment agency to recall the OFW once their contract is finished.
DOLE also recalled the three officials of DOLE in Kuwait who were accused of neglecting the case of Demafelis.
The suspects of Demafelis murder is already set to come back to Kuwait.