KUWAIT CITY, Jan 18: Philippines embassy in Kuwait is again in the eye for breaking regulations in labor disputes, as it opened the door for a maid to escape from her sponsor for a trivial and petty reason that prevented her eating eggs where she worked for her sponsor reports Al Qabas
Although the Philippine embassy focuses on to protect its workers and to solve the crisis of recent ban of their workers from Philippines to Kuwait, the Philippines embassy also plays role of resolving issues between the workers and the sponsors where in some cases it takes appropriate action to return the worker to her country by harboring a domestic worker who complains about her sponsor.
This incident began when the Filipina maid Delia published her complaint on social media Facebook claiming that “the sponsor is not happy with her as she was eating eggs and she sleeps late”, describing the work that she has been forced to work till 11 pm in the night and gets very tired.
The facebook post gained much sympathy from Filipino community in the country. The relevant authorities in its country advised her to contact the recruitment office in Kuwait and asked for her return, which was done by contacting the employer who gave in and handed her over to the office confirming that it was wrong what she claimed. The very next day the Filipina posted her photo inside her country’s embassy.
Sources contacted the sponsor of the worker, Abu Jasir Al-Shammari, as he did not know what the worker had published on Facebook as he is not so tech-savvy with social media, he said we have provided her with everything she needs despite the fact that the tasks assigned to her are simple.
He added, “Since her first week, she complained to the recruitment office that she was not getting food, to which we were surprised, so we rushed to provide all the foods apart from her salary, so we bought her toast, cheese, eggs, rice and others.”
Al-Shammari said that he received a call from the police station in the morning and asked him to be present in police station due to complaint filed by the Philippine embassy on him regarding the worker.
Sources said that concerned authorities in Kuwait monitored the complaint and followed it up to investigate its circumstances and clarify the truth, surprisingly, the request of the Philippine authorities to provide protection for its workers and at the same time did not formally request earlier problem.
The sources said that the Philippine authorities are cautious and keeps in mind about the incident of Jeanelyn Villavende, blaming the concerned maid agency was aware of its complaint and did not inform Embassy of it.
The recent crisis will be an opportunity for many domestic workers to exploit sympathy and seek help from embassy to escape the natural responsibilities of working inside the home.