MANILA – The government is ready to assist the Filipino household service worker (HSW) who was caught on video being assaulted by Philippine Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Wednesday.
“We are ready, OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) and DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment), are ready to extend whatever assistance we can extend to her,” Bello said in a virtual forum.
He also reported that he was able to talk to the OFW whom he identified as “Leonida”.
“By the way, I was able to talk to Ms. Leonida today, she is now in Koronadal. She’s in good mood…very cordial. She’s okay. I asked her if she would like to return or not. It seems that she doesn’t now want to come back,” he said. “We did not talk about the case…what is important she is now back in the Philippines and in good hands”.
Bello clarified reports claiming that the OFW is not a member of OWWA.
“She is not a member of OWWA and was not processed at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. She has no overseas employment certificate because of an arrangement that our diplomats are allowed to bring some of their personnel. HSWs are one of them,” he said.
The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier recalled Mauro after the video of her supposed maltreatment of her household worker made headlines in the South American country.
In the videos, the envoy was seen as physically abusing the 51-year-old worker on different occasions inside the diplomatic residence. (PNA)