Despite all the hardships of Filipino domestic helpers who are sometimes subjected to difficult work conditions and at times even cases of abuse; some are still determined to deliver the best kind of service and offer loyalty to the families that have given them employment and decent treatment.
And for this reason, migrant groups and labour officers are keen at identifying worthy employees who have shown excellence at work, loyalty, and the best kind of service they can offer during their stay in the country for work.
Loyalty Awards Given to Filipino Domestic Helpers in Kuwait
Three Filipinas who have been working as long-time domestic helpers in Kuwait have been recognized for dedication and loyalty to their work, as shared in a report by the Kuwait Times.
The awards were given at a Christmas party for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) organized by the Filipino Clients Relations Officers (FILCRO). The distinctions were given to three domestic helpers: Aisha Husain, Cathy Hadcan and Zenaida Ramos.
FILCRO President Maripol Abdullah shared that the three awardees were able to demonstrate perseverance and loyalty, which are not common anymore, given the fact that not all domestic helpers are treated fairly in Kuwait, or elsewhere.
Abdullah added that these women are deserving of recognition for their hard work, dedication and commitment to their sworn duty, in their own merits.
Husain, who began working as a domestic helper in Kuwait when she was only 13, hid her real age from her first employer before she requested to be transferred. She was solely employed by a big family, and could not handle all the responsibilities by herself. Fortunately, her next employer had taken her in like family. She has since stayed with her employer for almost 30 years.
Ramos, who went to Kuwait in 1991 shared that she has only worked for one Kuwait employer since she started working in the country. She has not had any issues with her employers which is why she hs managed to stay with them for 28 years.
And finally, Hadcan had been working for her Kuwaiti employers for more than 15 years, and shared that they were kind enough to assist her in helping them pay for the rebuilding of their house when Typhoon Haiyan had struck her hometown back in 2013.
Each domestic helper received USD 950 (PHP 50,000) and a plaque for their achievement.