MANILA, Philippines – Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Bahrain have sought assistance from a migrants' rights group after complaining that they have not received their salaries for 13 months.
Anita Lilagan, a 53-year-old domestic worker from Pangasinan and Marita Macalinao, 50-years-old and also a domestic worker, has been working for a member of Bahrain’s royal family for 19 and 25 years, respectively.
In a statement from Migrante-Middle East, the group revealed that they were informed by a relative of one of the OFWs.
John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East’s regional coordinator, said that he was informed by Lilagan that their wage was supposed to be 130 dinars per month.
"Matapos ang buwan na eto, 14 months unpaid na," Lilagan told Monterona.
"OFW Anita clarified to me that they received only 500 Bahrain dinar out the 1,820 unpaid salaries, which were given in an installment basis for their food and personal expenses," Monterona said.
The OFWs told Monterona that they had already demanded their unpaid salaries from their employer as they need to support their families in the Philippines.
"Our employer promised us that he will release our unpaid salaries once his loan will be approved by the end of this month, but still there is no assurance on his promise," Lilagan informed Monterona.
Monterona said that he has already endorsed the case of the 2 OFWs to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) office in Bahrain.
He added that Migrante will monitor the case of the 2 OFWs and push OWWA to assist them until they receive their unpaid salaries.