• A social media user’s appeal for help for an overseas Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia went viral
  • Domestic helper in Saudi Arabia, Jeilyn Tumalip Gavanes, was reported to have been physically maltreated by her employers
  • She was also scalded by her employer after she reported to her agency 

A netizen’s appeal for help via a Facebook post for Filipina domestic helper Jeilyn Tumalip-Gavanes went viral recently.

On August 3, Corazon Vinluan shared that Gavanes who hails from Abra was admitted to Dammam Central Hospital around 7-9 pm on August 2, 2018 because of severe burns she suffered from the hands of her lady employer.

Image capture of YouTube video by GMA News

As per a story by GMA News, Gealyn Tumalip-Gavanes had been working as a domestic helper in Damman, Saudi Arabia for only two months, and on the very first week she had already experienced physical violence from the hands of her employer.

When she informed her recruitment agency of her concerns, the agency contacted her employer. However, things took a turn for the worse. Instead of giving the OFW better treatment, her employer poured boiling water on her; severely burning most of her back part.

To date, Gavanes was reported to be now under the custody of the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA) while confined at the Dammam Central Hospital for proper treatment. Her family had been informed of her condition.

Sadly, maltreatment cases and inhumane working conditions of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) specifically those employed as household service workers (HSW) in various countries are still happening despite efforts by the government in ensuring their welfare and safety. How to protect them from abuses?

Here’s a video shared by GMA News via YouTube for more details: