This is how one Filipina domestic worker’s ‘tiny’ room in HK looks like


This may not be the case for all overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong, or in any other parts of the world for that matter, but it definitely reveals how a particular number of our so-called “modern-day heroes” are being discriminated, one way or another.

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Her bed supposedlly measured only 170cm x 69cm (Photo Credit: Coconuts Hong Kong)

This picture was supposedly sent by a Filipina working as a domestic helper in Hong Kong to the website Coconuts Hong Kong. The article written by Laurel Chor was published on March 30, 2015.

According to the article, citing the writer’s conversation with the Filipina lady through Facebook, it was the first time the OFW encountered such type of room in her eight years of employment in Hong Kong. She has been with her latest employer for two years now.

The room allegedly measures only 170 centimeters (5.5 feet) long and 69 centimeters (2.3 feet) wide with a wooden partition on one side and pushed against a concrete wall on the other.

“It looks like a cabinet with a bed,” the article quoted the OFW as saying and described her feeling when lying down over it as like “sleeping on a coffin.”

She further explained that while the area where her bed lies is a little bit bigger, she is confined only to that particular space and the rest is not part of her sleeping quarters.

To prove her point, the OFW also sent a photo of a washing machine which supposedly lies next to her bed; thereby further limiting the space.

The Filipina said she has been having nightmares everytime she retires to bed, but is forced to endure the discomfort; back pains included. She added she can’t even move properly or stretch her hands for comfort.

“I need my job so I have to endure the pain!” she reportedly said in resignation. She did not give her name to Coconuts Hong Kong and wishes to remain anonymous.

The article also noted it has been discovered lately that some new housing developments in a certain area in Hong Kong reveals incredibly small sizes of maid’s room – so small that it could not even accommodate a single bed.

This article has gone viral and has been viewed 51097 times so far. Article originally posted: April 1, 2015, 12:40 pm (UTC-0). Last update: April 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm (UTC-0).

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  • Aizman1

    Maybe it is time our people move back home.

    • september03

      Excuse me, but then do what? There are not even enough jobs for those who stayed yet u suggest we OFWs come back home?

      And wouldn’t you have thought that if there were other better oppurtunities or places with better living conditions, say moving back home, that we will not be on the first flight back? Then again, I can only speak for myself.

      • mrbeancurd

        I think Aizman1 is pointing out that there should be a bigger movement to have more opportunities in the Philippines.

        • betterthanu

          There are but the no education for women that most families practice, the eagerness of the families for their daughters to be prostitutes or look for old foreigners to support their families, and the uber corrupt government that steals from the poor, it is a long way for the average Pinoy to benefit. Till then like for generations, they will just breed more prostitutes that after used up will marry old foreigners

      • Juan

        Yes it’s time to go home. See what Chinese does, They keep moving in the Philippines, also Koreans. They making business because locals are not thinking of it, they want to be a servant to foreign countries. The real gold is not in other land, It is in our country.

        • Jose de la Cruz

          These Chinese and Korean are millionaires who have capitals to put up businesses in the Philippines. Slave-rate pays in the Philippines are not enough to support their families so OFWs leave and work abroad.

      • Jose de la Cruz

        You’re right. Until our economy gets big enough to create enough GOOD-PAYING jobs for our job-seekers, OFWs – the saviors of our country, will continue to work abroad.

      • DM

        the problem is that some of the filipinos are not suitable for the jobs available int the country. what the government should do is to invest on education.

      • Aizman1

        Eh HUwag kayo reklamo kng ganyan kayo tratuhin ng mga Chinese.Ang trabaho kasi sa Pilipinas hinahanap. Kung gusto marami paraan pag ayaw maraming dahilan.September 03 baka tamad ka lng mag hanap ng trasbaho dito sa Pilipinas

  • Maui

    This is so outrageously outright!

    Who are there to look into the welfare of the children while their parents are away busy with their work for both career and personal whatever-advancement? And this is how they show appreciation or even just consideration?

    OFW’s are there to carry on with the duties and responsibilities of the parents, to give attention, to care and to spare love to their children while they are at work or pleasure!

    That sucks!

    • Jose de la Cruz

      This is what happens when our country too many people too fast, yet creates very few good-paying jobs. So, Filipinos who have no jobs are forced to work as nannies and domestic helpers even under outrageous conditions.

      • Maui

        Partly true, living in that “outrageous” condition is better that being jobless back home but, is that enough reason for the OFW be treated that way and bear it because of the fear of being jobless?

        Or our government, since Filipinos couldn’t not resist working abroad or couldn’t find the job back home, must have or establish bilateral agreement between countries to protect our OFW fair & well?

        Or was it because, there’s this wrong notion about fulfilling your BIG dreams can only be achieved working abroad and bear all the sacrifices?

        That’s adding insult to injury!

  • Vergil

    Some people are just Heartless! That’s a fact!

  • jan lim

    its small, but at least it has a cushion, it’s not the best accommodations but its not the worst either!!!

    • Maui

      The picture provided in the above article is just a representation.
      And whatever goes along with having a small accommodation or room, as an added “amenities”, are unknown to us.

      There’s more to that…..worst than that, I bet you!

  • Jose de la Cruz

    Accommodations in Hong Kong are small and expensive. A family of four, for instance, usually live in a two-bedroom apartment. The owners sleep in one room while the other members of the family live in the other. In Dubai, it is common for 8 to 10, or more OFWs to share a two-bedroom apartment unit with just one bathroom.

    • Maui

      I beg to disagree!
      That is NOT common in Dubai, though there have been reported cases of overcrowded rooms, the Dubai Ministry for Urban Planning are cracking down on that illegal practice, and they mean Illegal!

      Practices like that and maltreatment like in the above article can be avoided and eventually be controlled if NONE or NO ONE buys or tolerate it.