- Libeth Montemayor Alagao shared her OFW story with KAMI
- The 54-year-old has been a domestic worker in the Middle East since 1991
- She has spent 13 years in Qatar with an employer who treats her well
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By now, we have all heard of the many stories of abused overseas Filipino workers.
Some were treated as prisoners who couldn't even cook their own food inside their employers' house. Others were physically maltreated, or worse. Some even end up dead.
But there are also countless stories of OFWs who get treated as family by their employers.
Lilibeth Montemayor Alagao shared hers with KAMI.
The 54-year-old first went abroad in 1991. She decided to go to Saudi because they weren't earning enough money to send their only child to college. Her husband worked as a janitor for a private hospital.
She was a domestic worker in Saudi for four years before moving to Qatar.
For the last 13 years, she has worked for one family in Qatar.
Lilibeth said her employers were not generous, but they treated her with kindness and respect.
"Marunong magsabi si amo ko na iwanan niyo na yang trabaho, tulog na kayo bukas niyo na yan linisin. Kahit wala kami day off pero pag nagpaalam kami na mamili, halimbawa, payagan naman kami with driver," said Lilibeth.
She works with another Filipina domestic helper in the same house.
She also said they don't have problems with food in the household.
Even though Lilibeth's daughter has already graduated and got married, she still works hard in Qatar.
She was able to buy a piece of land for her husband in Abra. They have a small rice field there. She was also able to renovate their house.
But despite her successes, she is still in Qatar because she wants to save up for her retirement.
"Nag-iipon na talaga ako para pag for good ko hindi naman ako nganga," said Lilibeth.
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