On his first day of the quarantine, an Overseas Filipino Worker from Papua New Guinea took his own life inside a quarantine hotel in Pasay City, as reported by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
The OFW, aged 40, took his own life by hanging and was found by the hotel staff as well as the PCG duty marshal. According to the records, the OFW checked into the hotel on a Sunday night to follow the health protocol mandated by the government for returning OFWs.
However, his untimely death was later found out when personnel of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration called the man through the phone, they didn’t get any answer from him. They decided to open the door forcefully and they found the man hanging from the bathroom.
Authorities have yet to conclude the reason behind the man’s death.
In some cases, OFWs take their own lives because of depression. When they are working away from their family, they feel too sad and no one is there to listen to their stories. They end up falling into the pit of depression and eventually taking their own lives.
It is unfortunate that some families tend to neglect the welfare of OFWs. If you know someone who’s working abroad, always check on them and see if they are doing fine. You may not know it, but even a small ‘hello’ or ‘how are you’ means so much to them.