In 2014, Pahima Alagasi, a domestic worker, was scalded by her sponsor in Saudi Arabia. After 4 years of waiting, she can finally return to the Philippines today.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a press conference that Alagasi will fly to Manila after the Saudi authorities allowed her to return home.
“Finally, after four long years, Pahima will be able to again embrace her children who she left behind in Mindanao more than four years ago,” says Riyadh Ambassador Adnan Alonto.
Alonto also expressed his gratitude to Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Naif for the approval of the OFW’s exit after a long legal battle against her employer.
“Pahima’s return would not have been possible without the help of Prince Abdulaziz and we would like to express our profound gratitude to him for his magnanimous gesture,” says Alonto.
OFW Pahima Alagasi (right), who suffered serious burns when her employer’s mother allegedly poured boiling water on her back in 2014, receives her two months’ worth of salary from Saudi Arabian Deputy Interior Minister Nasser Al-Daood (center) at the Ministry of Interior in Riyadh. With them is Ambassador Adnan Alonto (left). DFA photo below
Alagasi is a mother of two and a native of Pikit, North Cotabato. She filed a case against her employer’s mother after the latter poured a boiling water on her back.
For 4 years, she stayed at Kuwait’s Bahay Kalinga and was able to receive assistance from the Philippine Embassy.
Deputy Minister Al-Daood gave her two unpaid salaries as he confirmed that she can finally return to her family in the Philippines.