Around 400 or so Filipinos from different parts of Thailand have gathered together at the recently concluded 3rd Filipino Community Leaders’ Congress. The event was jointly organized by FCLC Secretariat and OFW QuickservANTs United4Du30 on October 19-20 at Suan Sunandha Rajabaht University.
Fellow OFW Judeah Seludo Paelmo who was asked to deliver a speech about the struggles her family faced when her father had a stroke, was in tears as she narrated how her father needed immediate medical attention due to a clogged artery and on how OFW QuickservANTs United4Du30 and its president Nelly Palpallatoc, extended financial medical assistance thru the help of DFA and OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac amounting to 180,000 baht.
Read her full speech below.
“To our distinguished guests, organizers and to my fellow OFWs, a pleasant day to all of you.
I am Judeah Seludo Paelmo, I am an English Teacher at _________________. I have been a teacher in Thailand for ____ years. I am so blessed to be staying here with all my family members, which includes my parents, sisters, nieces, husband and son.
Aside from being an OFW myself, I was a daughter of an OFW for 35 years. I was 2 when my father worked as a mechanic to different parts of the Middle East. We can all see him for a few weeks every year and then balik abroad na naman.
It was difficult at first, not to see your father as often as you want, but now, working away from my country, I completely understand what he was feeling back then. I’m sure everybody will agree with me when I say that it is not easy working away from your family.
Now, he is with us, The Seludo Clan is complete again, and we were all happy. Until 1 dreadful day, June 28, my father had a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. He had a clogged artery in his brain which needed immediate medical attention.
To cut the story short, he has been bed ridden for almost 4 months now. Our hospital bill shot through the roof, in a way that we, my sisters and I can’t imagine how we are going to pay for it.
Amidst this unfortunate circumstance, God has sent angels who helped us went through all these struggles. With the help of the OFW QuickServants President Nelly Palpatoc and her constituents, financial assistance were extended from different agencies of the government.
Our sincerest thanks to the people from DFA, who sent us medical assistance in the amount of 180,000 baht. This was headed by diligent Commissioner Cacdac.
To OWWA Medicare commissioner for their 500$ medical assistance. We are truly grateful for all your help and support.
All this time, we never felt that we are alone. The prayers and words of encouragement coming from our fellow kababayans kept us going.
All of us have been through a lot. I know that each one of us has our own story to tell. Everyone has our own personal struggles and burdens. But remember mga kababayan, though we are far from our country, we are not forgotten. People from this administration are trying their best to help each and every one of us. Their hands are extended to our needs. We just need to ask them how they can be of service to us.
This gives me such joy and made me more proud to be a Filipino.
Again, thank you for the opportunity of standing here in front of our country’s heroes. To the administrators and government officials who are present here today, on behalf of all the OFWs here in Thailand, we would like to thank you and we want you to know that we appreciate all the assistance that you have extended and will extend in the future. Mabuhay po kayong lahat. Mabuhay ang mga OFWs. Mabuhay and Pilipinas. Salamat po.”
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