- Filipina OFW died after being maltreated by employer in Jordan
- She was maltreated for a year, died two weeks after finally coming home
- POEA to probe recruiters, help family get her benefits
MANILA, Philippines – The family of an OFW who died after being maltreated by her employer in Jordan for a year is appealing for help to obtain justice.
In an interview with ABS-CBN, the cousin of Jennifer Ibarra said they still cannot get over her death especially after finding out her employer continuously maltreated her for a year.
“Tinatanong namin, ‘bakit tinali ka ba?’ Umiiyak lang siya [We were asking her why she was tied. She just cried],” Helen Gorre said, recalling her family’s call with Ibarra who left for Jordan in March 2015 and stayed there for a year.
It was the employer’s child who paid for Ibarra’s medical expenses. However, the experience left her visibly emaciated and weakened when she finally returned to the country in July 2016. Two weeks later, she died.
Gorre lamented the fact that the government agencies she went to for assistance just passed her around.
For its part, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration said it will probe Ibarra’s recruiter and help her family get the benefits due her.
Geraldine Mendez, officer-in-charge of POEA’s Prosecution Division, said they are looking into original recruiter’s liability especially as it emerged that it was another agency who deployed her despite her contract with the former.
“Aming policy dito, deploy mo, sagot mo,” she said. “Kung may mga reports na kung ang worker na ito ay nag-apply sa ibang agency pero na-deploy ng ibang agency may pananagutan talaga ‘yung agency na ‘yan.”
[Our policy is, if you deploy, then you’re answerable. If there are reports that this worker applied for this agency but she was deployed by another agency, then the original agency will have to answer for it.]