Despite what happened to her, she was very much concerned about her parents and relatives. She didn’t want them to know her miserable situation, and didn’t want to go to the province at once where the family was staying. Her problem was that she had nobody in Manila to stay with even for a while, and I immediately offered our place. She stayed with me for a week and I learned about the other ordeals she went through which were clear violations of her human rights. With our constant sharing, she slowly gained her confidence, and decided that she will be going home to tell her story to the family. Sending her off to the bus station, I thought of other Filipina domestic workers and their unheard tragic stories.
I know that the journey of Filipinos families with a migrant workers’ world is becoming more complicated, problematic and challenging. There are many issues on migration, which are negating the very essence of the Filipino family values. With the government’s favoring and promoting overseas employment, migration is becoming more attractive to the Filipinos. This should be taken seriously by the migrant family itself, and other institutions in society because it poses a real danger to the strength and unity of the family that mirrors the society.