OFW in Saudi Arabia threatens to commit suicide if not sent home

OFW in Saudi Arabia threatened to take her own life if she would not be allowed to return to the Philippines, reported Filipino Times.

As indicated by the OFW’s employer, they saw Gina (not her original name) holding a blade while sitting on a corner inside their living home. The OFW asked for to be sent home including that she would end her life if her demand would not be in all actuality, according to GMA News.

Following the occurrence, the OFW’s employer brought her to the Philippine Consulate to get the assistance she needs.

At the Consulate, the OFW said that she misses her two youngsters in the Philippines. She stated: “Sa trabaho kayang kaya ko yung trabaho kahit anong klaseng trabaho ang ipagawa yun lang po talaga homesick lang po.”

Assistant Labor Attaché Germie Daytoc said that homesickness to go home is a common problem among OFWs.

Germie Daytoc said,“In her case nakita natin na 12 days pa lang sya dito sa Jeddah, maganda naman yung pakikitungo ng kanyang employer ngunit nakita natin na out of, you know, lungkot, nagawa niya ang bagay na ganon kaya natatakot ang employer nya at dinala sya dito sa atin sa konsulada.”

Germie Daytoc said, help will be given to the OFW in regards to her demand to return home yet exhorted other trying OFWs to be prepared of the outcomes of working abroad including homesickness.


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Eligible Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in the UAE may now start applying online for the unified ID card system, called ‘OFW e-Card’, that will give them access to key government services.

Formerly known as OFW ID, the OFW e-card will be issued for free in the Philippines by the Overseas Welfare Worker Administration (OWWA).

The e-card may serve as the OFW’s exit certificate or Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) to prove that he or she was legally hired. It enables holders to get travel tax and terminal fee exemptions and access government services such as information on their contributions with the Social Security System, Philhealth, among others. It may also be used as a valid government ID card.

OFWs with e-cards may use it to gain electronic access to OWWA programmes, including welfare services, scholarships, training and other social benefits.

OFWs eligible to apply for the e-Card are Balik Manggagawa workers or workers returning to the same jobsite or employer with OEC or exemption number and active OWWA Membership that is valid for at least for 90 days upon application for the e-Card, according to OWWA’s website.


OFWs can become OWWA members by paying Dh25 (Dh92) at the Philippine Overseas Labour Office in their respective missions. This membership is valid for two years and gives social assistance such as death, disability and dismembership, and burial benefits.

OFWs who are new hires, direct hires, Government Placement Branch-hired workers are not considered Balik Manggagawa.

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