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Sep
26
2014

Is This True? Mental Disabilty, A Cause for Deportation?

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How would you feel if you were to be deported back to your home country for the main reason that you have a child with mental disorder? And that this child of yours is deemed to be a financial burden to the taxpayers?? Absurd and inhumane, right?

This is what a Filipina nurse in Australia faces when her application for a skilled worker visa was denied because of his son’s autism.

Maria Cecilia Sevilla, a Filipina nurse, now faces deportation in Australia with her son Tyrone, who was diagnosed with autism, six months after they migrated to Australia back in 2007.

 

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone. Image from Change.org

 

The Filipina nurse and her nine-year-old son Tyrone will be extradited back to the Philippines when her application for skilled worker visa was denied just because his son “did not meet the health requirement”.

So, the Filipina nurse created an online petition on Change.org where she hopes to reach the minister asking to let them stay in Australia. The Filipina nurse stated in her petition that her son’s “personal security, human and child rights, and dignity will be at stake” when sent back to the Philippines because there is no relative to take care of him.
Filipina nurse Sevilla said that all her sacrifices “could all be taken away because the government thinks that children with autism are going to be more of a cost to Australian society than a benefit”, which according to her is not true.

The Filipina nurse also emphasizes that she’s been working for years and this makes her a taxpayer in Australia, too.

 

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Sep
26
2014

The Pinay Nurse’s Way to Success

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Hazel San Diego Aguilario, an overseas private nurse, shared her story how she became successful in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Aguilario shared her experience in the JobSeekers’ Success Stories page of WorkAbroad.ph. The OFW registered to WorkAbroad.ph, and said that she is thankful to the site as her job seeker page. She managed to be employed right away as a royal family private nurse in Riyadh.

Hazel San Diego Aguilario, Pinay RN

Nurse Hazel Aguilario, caring for the royal family in Saudi Arabia

The Filipina OFW nurse reiterated that it was her first time to work abroad,and is lucky enough to be part of a respected and well-known family by the world. The Filipina added it is a privilege to be with and to work for the royal family. It was also a dream come true for the Filipina nurse because of WorkAbroad.ph. Aguilario said she was able to go to many different places as she was tag along when the royal family went on vacations.

The OFW nurse work with the royal family for two years. She is now looking for her second job opportunity through Workabroad.ph, the site she trusted.

Many OFWs, like Aguilario, who registered to WorkAbroad.ph, had been successful when they work abroad. And their stories had inspired other Filipinos aspiring to try their luck in foreign land. So if you want to be successful just like Aguilario, register now to WorkAbroad.ph and apply to thousand of job openings from POEA-licensed agencies.

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Published in: OFW Stories
Sep
26
2014

May God Not Let This Happen To You

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You have sacrificed everything when you decided to work abroad.  but unfortunately, something unexpected and unwanted happened.  You’ve been abused and left almost dead. Yes you’ve been lucky to be brought to the hospital. But your worries added up when you don’t know where to get the money to pay for your hospital bill. This may be one of the worst thing that you wouldn’t wish to happen to you while you’re working abroad, away from your loved-ones.

Take the case of a male overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  who was gang-raped last May by five unidentified male while travelling King Abdullah Road on his way home. The OFW was molested, and left for dead in the desert.

The OFW posted these photos of him on his Facebook account to appeal for help.

The OFW posted these photos of him on his Facebook account to appeal for help.

 

Though the OFW is alive, he now worries about how to pay his hospital bill that already escalated to an amount of SR 250,000 or almost Php 2,970,000. The OFW’s medical insurance had declined to pay the bill because he had failed to inform them about his case.

The 31-year old OFW was from Mindanao, a computer science graduate who wishes nothing more than going back home. The OFW is no longer under any medication and has recovered from what had happened to him. But since the OFW can’t pay his hospital bill, he was detained and cannot leave the hospital.

The OFW had already call upon the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for help, but to no avail. This response prompted the OFW to seek help from other OFWs all over the world and the Philippine government itself through his social media account.

Fortunately, a good-hearted OFW named Maricel Erasga Tunacao who is based in Al-Qaseem, had seen his plead and is now trying to gather support for him. Tunacao said that she pitied his fellow OFWs situation and had also reached to the Philippine Embassy to help him.

 

As an OFW and a Filipino, how would you help this fellow OFW? Would you just shrug your shoulder, or would you do something to start a humane action? The choice, is always yours.

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Sep
24
2014

Ngayon na, Itay!

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Ilang buwan na lang itay, pasko na naman. Naiinip na si bunso sa regalong ipapadala mo. Gustong-gusto na niyang mahawakan ang bagong laruan na ipinangako mo. At si nene, ngayon pa lang ay ipinagyayabang na sa kanyang mga kalaro ang malaking manika na ibibigay mo sa kanya, galing kay Santa Claus.

Balikbayan box

Balikbayan box

Itay, excited na rin po ako sa hiningi ko sa inyong bagong cellphone. Pwede po ba na iyong iPhone6 na ang bilhin nyo? Nakakahiya kasi hanggang ngayon eh 3310 pa rin ang gamit ko, tapos ang labo na ng screen. Si inay hinihintay na rin ang padala mong pera, kasi araw-araw na siyang sinisingil ni Aling Susan sa utang natin.

Ipadalo mo na ngayon ang balikbayan box itay. Meron po kasing truck ban dito sa Pinas ngayon, limitado lang ang oras na nakakapagbyahe ang mga malalaking truck. Kaya baka hindi agad namin matanggap ang iyong ipapadala. Iyon po kasing balibayan box na padala ni Mang Sixto kina Aling Lina eh kailan lang dumating, samantalang noong Mayo pa daw po ipinadala ang balikbayan box. Hindi na tuloy umabot ang mga gamit sa eskwela na kasama sa package na iyon.

Kaya po sabi ni inay ngayon pa lang ay ipadala mo na ang mga regalo itay. Ipadala mo na daw po ang balikbayan box para dumating ito bago ang araw ng Pasko. Magtatampo ho kami kapag wala kaming natanggap mula sa inyo, lalo na ang mga ipinangako nyo. Gusto po namin na maging masaya ang aming pasko.

Pakidagdagan daw po ang mga ipapadala nyo dahil bibigyan ni inay sina tiya Rose. Pati po ang mga kapitbahay natin ay bibigyan daw ni inay, kaya kailangan puno ang malaking balikbayan box na inyong ipapadala. Mag-ingat po kayo palagi diyan sa Saudi, Itay. Bumili na rin po kayo ng cellphone para matawagan namin kayo ni inay.

Itay, ipadala mo na ang balikbayan box ha?

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Published in: OFW Stories, Uncategorized
Aug
27
2014

Filipina Samaritana Commended for Returning Lost Wallet

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A former call-center agent from the Philippines returned a found wallet to a university professor.

The good samaritan

The good samaritan

Marsha delos Santos-Brunswick found the purse dumped near a train station when she was about to catch a bus home. She searched the inside and found the ID of the owner. She Googled the information and succeeded in reaching Dr. Carol Pretlow, a Norfolk State University professor.

Dr. Pretlow was robbed by a man while waiting for the train.  Though she was not harmed, her bag was stolen.  But she was more than thankful that her purse was returned. It was not the money she was thinking about. Her dad’s picture inside the wallet is way too important for her. The professor also said that it was the only picture she has of her parents and she considers it her angel spirit, making it more important than anything else.

Though Brunswick declined receiving reward from Dr. Pretlow, the professor seek the help of a newschannel to thank the Filipino. Dr. Pretlow invited Brunswick over for a lunch. But she was surprised with a NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action award together with a $100 Visa gift card which came from a community sponsor Southern Bank.

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