- Icy Tagasa first went to work abroad in 2014
- She has gone through at least three employers in three years
- Despite her hard work, she still doesn't have any savings, but instead got in more debt
Icy Tagasa decided to leave her one-year-old son in 2014 to save enough for his future.
But after more than three years abroad, Icy still doesn't have any savings. What she accumulated instead was a lot of debt.
She shares her heartbreaking struggles in a letter to KAMI.
"Naisipan ko po magwork bilang OFW dahil di sapat ang sahod ni mister. At gusto ko makaipon para sa future ng family ko," said Icy.
Her husband works as a security guard. He didn't want her to leave their young family. But he still supported Icy's decision for the good of their family.
"Sinuportahan pa din niya ako. Minsan homesick ako, siya ang nagbibigay lakas sa'kin at lagi niya sinasabi isipin namin maka-ipon para sa future ng anak namin," said Icy.
Their only son was only one year and four months when she left for the United Arab Emirates.
Unfortunately, she was not able to finish her first contract.
"Magulo lagi, maraming amo, at sa loob ng room madaming ibang lahi. Di kami magkasundo ng ibang lahi. Lagi nag-aaway. At buong kamag-anak ay amo mo lahat," shared Icy.
She went back to the Philippines. After nine months, she left again. This time for Singapore.
However, she still didn't have luck with her Chinese employers.
"Napakaselosa ng Chinese na girl. Gumawa siya ng paraan para mapauwi ako kahit ayaw ko pa."
Because of the unfinished contract, her salary was deducted by 4.5 months worth.
Worse, her son and her husband both got sick. She went home to the Philippines, not with money, but with debt.
"Ayaw niya akong bigyan ng release paper kaya no choice ako kundi umuwi. Pag-uwi ko problema dahil walang pera. May sakit asawa at anak ko kaya dami kong utang," she shared.
Three months after, she left her family again to work in Bahrain.
Thankfully, Icy said she seemed to have found a kind employer. Although she has only been working for them for four months.
"Sa awa ni God, mabait mga amo ko. Pero hirap din dahil mag-isa lang ako at buong pamilya din ang amo ko," said Icy.
With her years of experience working for difficult employers, Icy has hardened herself and learned to stand up for herself.
"Bilang OFW, ipakita natin sa ibang lahi na matapang tayo at may dignidad kasi pag alam nilang mahina ka aapakan ka nila," shared Icy.
The hardworking mother hopes her sacrifices, being away from her son for so long, would give him a brighter future.
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