MANILA, Philippines – With everything she’s been through, Gloria Ortinez deserves a break.
And a break she got after her employer offered the overseas Filipino worker (OFW) her old job back following an emotional reunion in Hong Kong.
“Mission accomplished!” wrote OFW advocate Susan Ople on her Facebook page. “After a tearful, bitter parting of ways last night that even required the presence of HK police, Nanay Glo met with her employer again this morning. They agreed on a settlement that includes a prospect of a new contract once Nanay Glo is prepared to come back. We will monitor this agreement. Meanwhile, we await the results of the NBI tanim-bala probe.”
Elaborating on what happened, Ortinez’s counsel Atty. Spocky Farolan said she was initially given the cold shoulder treatment by her employer on Sunday as she arrived to collect her belongings and say goodbye to her boss’ child whom she cared for over 12 years as a nanny.
“It was very dramatic and emotional yesterday,” he told ABS-CBN. “She was not invited to come inside the house, and her things were just placed on the side of the street.”
Farolan added Ortinez and her employer’s first conversation which took place at a park nearby also did not end well.
“The employer was agitated, maybe also because of the ‘laglag-bala’ issue,” he pointed out.
On Monday, however, Ortinez’s employer called her up and admitted to being sad over her departure.
They met at a restaurant where Ortinez was offered her job back, Farolan narrated.
The employer’s 13-year old son went down to the ground floor of the building without his mother’s knowledge to bid his “yaya” goodbye. The mother witnessed how emotionally affected her son was by her decision to let go of Nanay Gloria, according to Ople.
“You study well. I love you,” Ortinez told her crying ward. “If you love me then why are you leaving me,” the boy replied while hugging Nanay Gloria.
“This morning, Nanay Gloria was surprised to receive a call from her employer. She was sorry, she said. Her son cried the whole night and refused to eat breakfast before going to school. The employer then invited Nanay Gloria to meet her at a small restaurant across her apartment. The meeting took place around 10 am and the employer asked Nanay Gloria about the tanim-bala case. It was the first time that they discussed the incident face-to-face and the employer expressed her sympathy over what the OFW went through,” said an updated account on the Facebook page of Ople, a former labor undersecretary and head of the Blas F. Ople policy center.