The number of oversees Filipino workers (OFW) is increasing every year. According to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), OFWs are the primary contributor to the country’s economy with a monetary value amounting to billion dollars, surpassing the sector of business processing outsource or the call center industry.
In an episode of Ben Tulfo’s BITAG: New Generation entitled “Unfit to Work,” we get to hear the complain of an OFW regarding her failed medical examination.
Racell Roxas is an OFW and had worked for seven years in Taiwan. She serves as a breadwinner to her family and a single mother to her two children. Her contract ended last 2014 so she decided to return to the Philippines for a while.
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But just recently, Racell got a call from the broker who was handling her previous employer asking her to come back and work again. The agency handling her contract is the World Wiser Agency, who is also responsible for the processing of her documents.
One of the standard operating procedures is to undergo a medical examination. Since she is a “balik manggagawa” or a vacationing worker, there’s no need for her to pay for a placement fee and she could go back directly to her previous employer.
But unfortunately, it seems like Racell will not be going anywhere. According to her, she was tagged as “unfit to work” by the doctor of the clinic where she had her medical examination. Racell said that the St. Peter-Paul Medical Clinic in Ermita, Manila was the suggested clinic of the World Wiser Agency.
According to the result of Racell’s examination, she was said to be unfit to work oversees because she had acquired tuberculosis according to Dra. Cythia Romero, the physician who examined her.
She went to the Lung Center of the Philippines to have a second opinion and there, an expert doctor told her that what was seen in her lungs is just a small scar and it is far from infecting her pulmonary system nor could be contagious. According to the doctor, Racell is fit to work, to travel, and to study. In short, Racell passed the medical examination.
After getting a positive result from her second examination, she went back to the St. Peter-Paul Medical Clinic to show her diagnosis, but the clinic just ignored her and told her that whatever result she got, they are already closed for her.
Watch what would happen next when Bitag finally made a move:
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