DAGUPAN CITY –Another Dagupeña who suffered physical maltreatment from her employers in Bahrain has been repatriated by the city through its Public Employment and Services Office (PESO).


Teresa Q. Imatong, 48, of Barangay Tebeng has been working abroad especially in the Middle East for at least three years as a household service provider. She has been to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Her second stint in Bahrain under a new employer, however, was not as good as in her previous employment.


Imatong disclosed that her third employer’s family in Bahrain physically manhandled her and even accused her of a crime and was put behind bars for 14 days.


“I was trying to cut my contract short with them as I was made to work more than what was stipulated in my contract. Aside from my employer, I was made to work at the house of his two sons and I could hardly rest from my work. So I decided to part ways with them. It was then that my employer’s sons and their mother started mauling me altogether. They even dragged me to the police station and put me in prison,” said Imatong.


While in prison, Imatong’s friends relayed her sad fate to her family in Dagupan. Incidentally, Imatong’s husband is working as a government employee in the city and sought the assistance of the city’s PESO under Jocelyn Siapno.


With the timely intervention of the PESO through Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, the city coordinated with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and worked for the repatriation of Imatong.


Mayor Fernandez personally gave her personal money to finance Imatong’s fare back home.


After coming face to face with Fernandez, Imatong relayed how grateful she is to Fernandez for helping her out of prison and be repatriated back to the Philippines so that she can come home to her family in Dagupan.


Imatong is among the 98 Overseas Filipino Workers who has been repatriated by the city out of the 120 cases referred to the PESO.


As an advice, Siapno encouraged everyone to get in touch with her office to verify their agency’s legal personality to avoid being victimized by illegal recruiters or avoid getting into trouble while working abroad.


“As our policy, we do not really encourage our household service providers to work in the Middle East where there has been a lot of reported maltreatment and abuses committed against our workers. Maganda sana kung sa mga Asian countries po sila mapunta,” said Siapno.


Unfortunately, Imatong did not pass through our office, added Siapno.


“Kung meron pong gustong humingi ng ating assistance, our PESO hotline, which is open 24/7, is 09258083808,” said Siapno.