Many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), especially the household service workers (HSW) doesn’t know or heard about a program named Single Entry Approach (SEnA) which can help them make settlement claims from their employer. If so, many OFWs can enjoy the benefit especially those who’s contracts were illegally terminated.
On January 19, a social media post from OWWA Region 2 showed two OFWs who were able to claim cash settlements from their agencies. Vicenta Fuggan, an HSW from Kuwait, got her cash settlement amounting to P10,000 for contract violation, maltreatment, and payment of the portion of her unexpired contract.
Another HSW from Saudi Arabia, Lanie Corpuz, also got cash settlement for her unpaid salary and unexpired portion of her contract amounting to P22,000.
Four days earlier, four OFWs were able to settle their claims from their agencies also through SEnA.
Ms. Josefina Medina and Ms. Rose Ann Medina settled their claims with Php 40,000 each as a refund for their placement fees and as a contact violation settlement. They were both caretakers in Taiwan.
Ms. Nancy Gabriel settled her claim with Php 20,000 as a refund of plane ticket, payment of unexpired portion of contract and being overworked. She was a household service worker in Saudi Arabia.
Likewise, Ms. Analyn Lammawen settled her claim with Php 10,000 for her unpaid salary, contract violation and as a payment of salary differential. She was a household service worker in Jordan.
The money claims may not be that big but it could still help the aggrieved OFWs in some ways. What is important is that the OFWs could somehow find help from the government such as OWWA, DOLE, POEA, and other government entities concerning OFWs.
Read also: What Is SEnA and how does it work?
Source: OWWA, DOLE, POEA, JBSolis