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Maid in HK With Stage 4 Cancer Sacked by Employer
Diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer, domestic helper Nida Ampaguey is coming home Tuesday to an uncertain future after her employer in Hong Kong terminated her employment.
And the only assistance she has obtained so far from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) is an ambulance ride from the airport in Manila to her home in Baguio City.
Activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes, who is helping Ampaguey, said Congress should allow Owwa to provide health coverage and financial assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who suffer from chronic diseases, like cancer.At Stage 4, the cancer has already spread beyond the breast and already affects other organs, such as the lungs, liver or brain.
Under present Owwa rules, the agency is allowed to help only OFWs who lose their limbs or the relatives of those who die while working abroad, Reyes said.
“If you have a limb amputated, you get P50,000 (S$1,500). If you die, your family gets P200,000. But what about those who get diagnosed with chronic diseases, like cancer?” Reyes said in an interview.
“We should have legislation for this because this is becoming critical for our OFWs. We are getting reports of OFWs having this problem not just from Hong Kong but also from other countries around the world,” he added.
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