The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration has confirmed receiving a report of a Filipina domestic helper who committed suicide in Mong Kok last November 2, Saturday.
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The 37-year old Filipino domestic worker died after she hanged herself in Tai Kok Tsui over the weekend according to the police.
CONFIRMED: Filipina Domestic Helper Commits Suicide in Mong Kok
In a statement released by a Police Public Relations Branch spokesman, the death of the Filipina was confirmed after her body was found hanging inside her room in the flat of her employer at 11 Hoi Fai Road on Saturday (Nov. 2), as shared in a report by the Hong Kong News.
According to the spokesman, the police received a call from the domestic worker’s employer at around 10:35 in the morning.
“The worker was Filipino. Her name was Ellen,” the spokesman confirmed in an interview.
The spokesman relayed the information provided by the domestic helper’s employer noting that the Filipina “took her own life using a towel inside her room.”
He also noted that investigators and an emergency response team arrived at the scene and brought the worker to the Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.
Investigators revealed that there was no suicide note found and an autopsy would be conducted on the remains of the worker to determine the cause of death.
As per the initial investigation, authorities found nothing suspicious in the worker’s death and the police are treating the case as a suicide.
For her part, Welfare Officer Virsie Tamayao explained that she has been in touch with the employment agency that deployed the victim, Ellen M.T., to less than two years ago.
In line with this, the agency representative and Ellen’s employer are expected to go to OWWA on Nov. 5, to discuss the repatriation of the OFW’s remains.
It’s unfortunate to know that another one of our kababayan has fallen into despair and did not find any means to get immediate emotional or social support for whatever she may have been dealing with on her own.
We would like to offer our prayers and condolences to the family of the OFW, and we hope that OFWs, wherever they may be in the world, would find the means and support that they need to get through their daily struggles overseas.
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Overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong who are in distress and need assistance can call the Philippine Consulate General at 9155-4023, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) at 5529-1880, or the POLO-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration at 6345-9324.