“ano pang gusto nilang gawin ko?”


[ We were in no position to give her expert advice, so in the end we gave in to her original request: to let others especially in the Pinoy community in New Zealand be more aware of her plight. In view of the language of our letter-sender, we chose to post in a Taglish mix predominantly Tagalog, any lapses in elegance are all mine. Translations where helpful, thanks for reading! thanks and acknowledgment for the photo to safetyandhealthmagazine.com! ]

TWING PINUPURI ang Pinoy worker, alam na natin ang mga nauuna nating pang-uring nababanggit : sipag, tyaga, galing makisama.

[ Each time the Filipino worker is praised, you can bet the first qualities mentioned will be : hardworking, resilience, and team player. ]

Ngunit marami pang mga sumusunod : matiisin, pasensyosa / pasensyoso, masayahin, maparaan. Lahat ito ay madaling hanapin sa mangagawang Pinoy, nakasanayang mga ugali mula nang nagkaisip tayo sa Inang Bayan, hanggang ngayon.

[ But there are other apt definitions. Stoic, patient, cheerful, efficient, and all other qualities easy to find and natural in Filipinos we’re used to seeing from the time we grew up in the motherland, to this very moment. ]

Di maipagkakailang marami tayong nakakasundo at nagiging kaibigan rito sa New Zealand. Subali’t mayroon din namang pagkakataong di nagkakaintindihan, di pagkaunawaan at minsan ay humahantong ito sa di-inaasahan.

[While we can’t deny that, as an ethnic group,we get along and make friends easily in New Zealand, there are times when because of misunderstandings, the failure in communication and the differences caused by language and culture, workplace conflicts happen.]

Bigyang pansin saglit ang liniham sa atin ng ating kabayang health care worker, na itago natin sa pangalang “Mhaylin.” Gawin mo na lahat, makisama ka na, minsan ay sama ng luob pa rin ang iyong aahihin:

[Please bear witness to a short letter written to us by a kabayan health care worker who for now will go by the way “Mhaylin.” Do everything, try to get along, sometimes you still reap the bitter fruit of disappointment: ]

Hi sir, I work at xxx DHB, as healthcare assistant po, I was assigned at one of the cancer wards. The work is alright but yung nursing team, grabe po talaga iba sila sir. Meron pong mga tamad na nurses sa ward namin at isa na roon sa tamad ay yung Asian nurse.  For me, ok lang naman na mag report sa manager basta po yung honest reporting kaso puro di totoo yung ni-report sa boss ko at ang sad part po ay naniwala ang boss ko at ngayon ay meron akong formal meeting with HR, my manager, my support person from the union at ako. We are in talks before the lockdown and there will be an upcoming meeting soon when the alert level is lifted na.

[ Dear sir : Hello, I work as a healthcare assistant in one of the cancer wards in xxx DHB. The work is alright but the nursing team is something else. There are quite a few lazy nurses and one of those is the Asian nurse I work with. For me it’s perfectly acceptable to report me to the manager, as long as it’s an honest report. The sad part is our boss believed in the complaint and now I need to attend a formal meeting with HR, manager, my support person from the union and myself. We were in talks before the coronavirus lockdown and there will be an upcoming meeting soon when the alert level is lifted. ]

Last 2018 ni-report po nila ako sa boss ko then ngayong 2020 it happened again. ang saklap po sir, yung kagaya ko po na nasa mababang position yun po lagi ang dehado po.

[Last 2018 I was reported to our boss and then this year 2020 it happened again. The most painful part is, those at the lowest position like mine will be at the greatest disadvantage.]

I’m sure sir you will agree with me when I say na tayong mga Pinoy, we are a YES people, kahit busy tayo when others need our help po, we always say yes, di tayo marunong mag  NO.  I’ve been in my ward for 5 years now & when I started sa ward ko we only have 7 to 9 in patients the most but the ward is a 15 bed capacity so sanay po ang mga nurses sa ward ko na relax lang sila compared sa other wards na fast paced po talaga ang work.

[I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that as Pinoy workers we are a YES people, even when we’re busy, when others need our help we always say yes, we don’t know how to say NO. I’ve been working in my ward five years now and when I started in my ward we only had seven to nine patients at most but we have now reached our 15 bed capacity, our nurses who are used to the slower pace now have to work faster. ]

Yung mga nurses ko po sa ward when they asked me to do things for them po they want it to be done straight away even though I am still helping other patients.

When I respond  “is it alright I just finish this” they perceive that I don’t want to help them and that I am rude. When I don’t say anything and just do the things they ask me to do (without comment), the nurses will say I have an “unacceptable behaviour.”

Pina EAP (training under Employee Assistance Program) ako nang amo kasi raw I need coaching with my communication skills because I am rude, that’s why my colleagues are hesitant to ask for help from me, rude and rough daw din po sa patients.

Last 2018 at now po 2020 yung Asian nurse po ang nag report skin then yung boss ko po nag side sa indian nurse kaya ako po ngayon ay naka formal meeting.

[In both 2018 and 2020 cases the Asian nurse reported me, then my boss sided with her, and that’s why my case is now subject of a formal meeting.]

Ok lang po mabanggit nyo ang situation ko sa blog nyo po sir, without mentioning my name, salamat po sir.

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Lininaw ni Mhaylin na hindi sya humihingi ng advice or tulong sa amin, sa halip ay gusto lang nya I-share ang kanyang karanasan para lumawak ang ating pananaw pagdating sa pagwork ditto sa iba’t ibang sector ng NZ workplace.

Ang masasabi ko lang sa ‘yo Mhay, wag mo na lang isipin na inaapi tayo lagi ng mga ibang lahi sa workplace, kahit na ito ang nangyayari. Minsan kasi dahil sa lack of communication at pagsalin na may “lost in translation,” may mga misunderstanding na namamagitan minsan. Malas mo lang at naunahan ka ng iyong kapwa health worker at yun ang pinanigan ng bisor. Sa akin at iyong mga kabayan, alam naman natin kung sino ang tama. 

Ano’ng masasabi nyo sa work condition at dinanas ni Mhaylin? Welcome po lahat ng comments at response, as long as we keep it respectful, mabuhay at salamat sa pagshare mo Mhaylin!

Thanks for reading, mabuhay po tayong lahat!

3 thoughts on ““ano pang gusto nilang gawin ko?”

  1. Yes, this is really happening entirely lalong lalo an as health sector. Racial discrimination is getting high. It is a hight time to give them a go lesson. Go to Race Relation Commissioner.

    This happened to me even in organizations outside work.

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