Some OFWs are very fortunate to have found a family in their employers.
Recently the story of a Filipina (name withheld) working as a domestic helper in Singapore who lost twenty members of her extended family in a car crash circulated online.
Her family was then riding a private jeepney and was on their way to attend a mass in Manaoag at around 3:30am on December 25.
The jeepney had a head-on collision with a Partas bus on the MacArthur Highway in the town of Agoo, in La Union on the east coast of the main island Luzon. Out of the 29 passengers in the jeepney, 20 were killed including a five-month-old baby.
The bus company promised to pay compensation of Php15,000 for each victim.
However, a basic funeral in the Philippines costs around Php29,000.
To give the Filipina’s family members a proper burial, her employer, a 34-year-old Singaporean interior designer, decided to raise funds.
The employer and her friends have now raised and remitted Php 28,322 to the Philippines, and they still continue to raise funds, reported Asia Times.
Another OFW who was lucky enough to get hired by employers who treats her like family was Lea Calambro who has been working for a Singaporean couple with three children for more than eight years now.
Calambro and her employer would go together to get a massage. She was also given a debit card so that she can shop with ease. And, whenever her employers would go on vacations, they will tag her along as well.
Calambro went home to the Philippines for the first time in four years in 2013. Her employers decided to come with her to meet her family.
“We thought if they could meet us in person, that could [help] make them less worried [when she is in Singapore],” the 48-year-old female employer said.
The couple also sent relief good and school supplies to Calambro’s village which suffered drought in 2011.
Despite persistent news about OFWs who are abused by their employers, these tales restore our faith that there are still people who take care of and give importance to our heroes in the absence of their families, and sometimes the government.
Photo credit: Asia Times