Wives with irresponsible OFW husbands must complain to OWWA PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 January 2016 13:31

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

 

Table Talk  had a conversation with a former Labor Attache who is now an active consultant and lecturer of the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration (OWWA)  and he revealed that wives or husbands whose spouses are overseas workers have all the right to complain to OWWA, if they feel and suspect that their spouse is hiding some matters from them abroad or if an OFW husband forgets his responsibility to provide his family every month, or she be in estoppel for doing nothing. Complaints against irresponsible and unfaithful spouses while abroad is the main cause of broken families in the country and even locally.

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There are complaints of wives of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) against their husbands for lying against the true status of their employment. An OFW husband who have not gone home for years lie to their wives by saying that their company has not approved their leaves for a vacation which is a blatant lie, since work contracts abroad are normally only for two years and should be renewed when it expires. During those days for renewal, OFWs are given time to visit their families in the Philippines, sometimes at the company’s expense, if stipulated in their first contract. Worst, if they are delayed in remitting a share of their salary to his family’s monthly expenses, the OFW husband is quick to blame his company for the delay of their wages. This is another lie to his innocent wife, whose immediate family members like mother, brother or sister shoulder the burden caused by an irresponsible and heartless OFW husband.

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Last Christmas 2015, I so pitied a relative of mine, who was promised thrice by her OFW husband to remit some amount for their Christmas expenses, but until today a week after Christmas and New Year, his promised remittance has not arrived and worst he called recently saying that his company in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is on strike. He is lying again because the wives of his co-workers in the same company had a happy Christmas while she and her son did not even have anything for their “noche buena” and new year’s celebration. Table Talk was forced to interview her for this heartbreaking episode and she said that her husband has been doing this for the past nine years, he did not go home, worst, her husband was remitting only a pittance amount all these years not even enough for the school fare of his son who is in high school at the Ateneo de Zamboanga in Tumaga. On top of it, remittance is delayed for two or three months, forcing my relative to a shameful experience by borrowing money to come across her daily expenses from friends. Upon learning of her pitiful situation, I took the cudgel to seek remedy from OWWA friends to teach her shenanigan husband a lesson and know the real truth on his inadequacies and iniquities.

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OWWA office in the region welcomes this development and promised me that they will do their best to check on the activities of her husband as soon as they receive the complaint from my relative. I advised her never to back out or be estop, this is your right and to suffer the consequences of your patience for nine years is too much besides your son needs a normal life and not be traumatic to the the daily problem that you face.

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Scoop: This is an information to all wives with similar problems. OWWA is open to help, all you have to do, report to them immediately and not hide them for fear of losing your OFW husbands. What good is it to have a husband working abroad but abandons you once he is there? give them hell, they deserve it. The situation should be mutual. Agree or disagree.