Not all stories about Overseas Filipino Workers abroad are unfortunate and frightening. There are still a lot of stories that are quite an inspiration among those who are dreaming of a greener pasture outside the Philippines.
Mai Pionelo Dpcrtl considers herself lucky for having a kind-hearted employer in Saudi Arabia. According to Mai, she will be returning home to the Philippines after 5 years of serving her employers.
But Mai didn’t expect that her employer will give her an expensive ring, the first gift that she received from her employer. Mai’s employer was also teary-eyed when handing the expensive ring to her, knowing that Mai will not be with them.
In a Facebook post, Mai confessed about her struggles when she chose to leave her child in the Philippines to work as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia.
“From Roxas City Capiz po ako, single mom may isang anak. Nag-abroad ako para sa future ng anak ko at makapag-provide sa magulang at mapag-aral ang mga kapatid,” Mai wrote in a Facebook post.
“Pagdating ko dito sa Saudi, di agad ako napunta sa employer ko. Nag-stay pa ako ng 3 days sa shelter kasama ng mga distress OFW, 1week sa agency,” she added.
After some time, she landed into her current employer. But everything didn’t run smooth. There are times when she was disappointed and wanted to return to the Philippines.
“Hanggang sa nakuha ako ng amo ko. Hindi naging madali may mga araw na gusto ko na sumuko pero pag naaalala ko ang mga dahilan kaya ako umalis ng bansa, nagiging malakas ulit ako at nagpapatuloy sa buhay,” says Mai.
Mai decided to go home after 5 years of service towards her employer but she decided to stay because of the pandemic and her employer was diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, her employer recovered and Mai is ready to return home.
“Last year uuwi na sana ako, pero nagpandemic at nagka-cancer madam ko. Kaya hindi ako nakauwi dahil nahirapan din akong iwanan siyang may sakit,” says Mai.
“Ngayong okay na siya kahit hirap silang bitawan ako kailangan ko na din umuwi para sa pamilya ko.”