Electrocuted OFW in Saudi wants to come home

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 04 2012 09:45 AM | Updated as of Apr 04 2012 05:45 PM

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) is appealing to kind-hearted kababayans to help him return to the Philippines.

Alfredo Salmos is still trying to recover from the accident that almost claimed his life.

Salmos, 52, was electrocuted but luckily, he survived.

He said he was sucked into a 14,000 volts breaker that he was trying to shut down almost two years ago.

At first glance, it would appear that he has no neck that would hold his head because the accident physically marred him.

The scars from the wounds and burns he sustained on his face and body developed into hardened scars or keloids making it difficult for him to move.

The Nueva Ecija native started working in the Kingdom three decades ago as a mechanical technician.

Salmos said he could not face the family he left in the Philippines. He said he lost contact with them and that they had moved to another place. He also does not want to be a burden to them.

“Ayaw ko na din silang abalahin. Sarilihin ko na lang ang hirap dito,” he said, adding that he will live with his mother once repatriated to the Philippines.

But the Saudi government could not just issue him his exit clearance unless he settles a car that is allegedly under his name. It was learned that Salmos figured in a car accident a decade ago.

“If yung sasakyan ma-clear, maiisyuhan na siya ng final exit visa,” said his friend Hats Mamainte.

Now jobless, Salmos has been relying on the help of fellow Filipinos for his daily needs.

“Yung pang araw-araw niya pwede nating matulungan siya tulad ng pagkain,” said Omar Salvacion.

The OFW is also being assisted by the Philippine Consulate and by an Indonesian national. Report from Iya Estrada Cabanding, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau