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22nd March 2016
Thousands of OFWs leave Saudi
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on March 22, 2016, 11:05 am

(By Nelson S. Badilla, 22 March 2016, 11:05 pm)

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday virtually admitted that thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will be displaced.

But DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz however gave assurances that the affected OFWs from three big firms will receive their wages, including back pay, and their benefits.
The financially troubled firms are the Mohammad Al Mojil Group of Company (MMG), Saudi Oger Ltd. and the Saudi Binladen Group (SBLG).

Baldoz said Filipino labor officials headed by Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad 3rd and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Director Albert Valenciano have sought assistance from Saudi Arabian labor officials and also requested the three beleaguered firms’ officials to pay the wages and benefits of the affected OFWs.

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29th September 2015
A Day before the Balangiga Battle during Phil-Am War in 1901
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on September 29, 2015, 10:00 am

(By Rose San Diego, 29 Sep 2015)

CHICAGO, USA, 9/27/2015 - On the eve, the Battle for the Town of Balangiga in E. Samar turned tragic for both sides during the Philippine-American War that day on September 28, 1901.

Soon to turn another year old, the church congregation listens to Filipino WWII Jaime Pesongco, a Visayan; speak about the Bells of Balangiga of 113 years ago.  The group gives the entire WWII veterans their support for their courage and sacrifices that help saved the Philippines during the Japanese invasion, and for their continued efforts to increase awareness and encouraged open dialogs with other US veteran groups and elected US Officials.  The Filipino WWII veterans’ are planning their kick-off campaign the following day for Monday, September 28, 2015 hosted by the FDR Post923 of the American Legion.

In a recent preplanned event a couple months back on May 6th by Philippine President Aquino’s visit to Chicago, absent from the guest list, VIP or otherwise were these same statesmen who answered the call to protect their motherland, the Philippines in 1942.  Phone calls of inquiry were made to the PhilConGen Generoso Calonge of the Philippine Consulate General Chicago as to if they will be considered invitees for this honorable occasion?  No answer from any Consul Representative of the Philippine Government out of Chicago since that time.

As for the Philippine Senators who have written positive notes and letters for the actions of our Filipino veterans we extend our praise and gratitude on their behalf for your kind support, especially from those that are also proponents for the return of these historic bells of controversy.  We hope that when tomorrow comes at least one of the four Consuls will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these aging WWII icons if not as Philippine National heroes, then for their commitment to bring education and share the story of the church bells from the Town of Balangiga, E. Samar that were removed 113 years.


17th October 2013
EU official on possible ban of Filipino seafarers: Clock is ticking
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on October 17, 2013, 1:25 pm

(By Dennis Ayienza Maliwanag, Inquirer.net, 1:25 pm | Thursday, 17 Oct 2013)

 
A prospective applicant view job opportunities at a recruiting booth at the seafarer’s park in Manila.
The Philippines supplies a third of the world’s merchant mariners. AFP

BRUSSELS - Filipino seafarers could soon lose their jobs in the European Union ships if Manila still fails to correct maritime education flaws, a European Commission official said Wednesday.

“The clock is ticking,” said the official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media on the subject.

The official said the blacklisting of Filipino seafarers from EU-flagged ships should have been implemented since last year but its imposition was deferred following an appeal from the Philippine government.

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), which assists EC in monitoring maritime safety compliance, has raised concerns regarding the quality of maritime schools in the Philippines.

The official told visiting Filipino journalists here that Manila has been informed about the possibility of Filipino seafarers being banned from boarding EU vessels.

The Philippines is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of seafarers. There are about 100,000 Filipino seamen onboard  ships from the 28-member EU.

In March 2010, the EU also banned all Philippine airlinesfrom flying into the European airspace, citing safety concerns.

Last July, EU lifted its ban on Philippine Airlines but Cebu Pacific has yet to get its flying clearance.


28th September 2013
MEGAN YOUNG CROWNED MISS WORLD 2013
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on September 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

(By Associated Press / INQUIRER.net, 10:25 pm | Saturday, 28 Sep 2013)

BALI, Indonesia --- Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Saturday.

"I promise to be the best Miss World ever," Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country's flag.

"Salamat sa mga kababayan ko.  Mahal na mahal ko kayo (Thanks to my compatriots. I love you very much),” said the teary-eyed actress after she was crowned on Hindu-majority Bali at the end of a three-week contest.

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21st August 2012
7,000 OFWs in Jeddah seek repatriation
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on August 21, 2012, 8:10 pm

(By Ronald O. Reyes, Source: www.manilachannel.com, 21 Aug 2012)

At least 7,000 undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia continue seeking repatriation today, according to the report from migrant’s right group based in Middle East.

The group also said OFWs need over 1.3-M Saudi rials (roughly equivalent to P14.5-M) for unpaid lease rental of their temporary shelter.

The Philippine consulate started renting the shelter in Al-Mina hajj terminal sometime October 2010 when it started the mass repatriation of undocumented OFWs who have camped out under the Khandera bridge in Jeddah, according to Migrante-Middle East spokesperson John Leonard Monterona.

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22nd July 2012
PINOYS IN PARIS JOIN 'MIGRANTE MAGING NEGOSYANTE' BUSINESS WORKSHOP
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 22, 2012, 7:25 am

(By GMANetwork, 22 July 2012)

Overseas Filipino workers in France benefited from a recent seminar on business and investment opportunities organized by the Philippine Trade and Investment Center and the Philippine Embassy there.

The seminar on "Business and Investment Opportunities in the Philippines for Overseas Filipinos - Migrante, Maging Negosyante" was held at the embassy last month, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

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14th July 2012
DFA: 17 more OFWs due home from Syria this weekend
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 14, 2012, 9:46 pm

(By GMA News, 14 July 2012)

At least 17 more overseas Filipino workers are due to arrive home in two batches this weekend, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.

In a news release, the DFA said two of the repatriated OFWs are to arrive Saturday on an Etihad Airlines flight (EY 424).

The other 15 are to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 aboard an Emirates flight (EK-334) at 10:10 p.m.

Of the 15 repatriates to arrive Sunday, 10 are from the Syrian capital Damascus, while the rest are from the coastal cities of Tartous and Latakia and the conflict-stricken city of Homs, it said.

Last July 12, the DFA said seven other OFWs from Aleppo arrived home, their repatriation facilitated by the Embassy and the Philippine Honorary Consul.

As of July 12, at least 1,775 Filipinos have been repatriated since the Philippine government started carrying out its mandatory repatriation plan for Syria in December 2011.

Meanwhile, the DFA urged anew the families of Filipinos in Syria to provide its Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs (OUMWA) with information regarding their next-of-kin's location and contact details.

They can call the OUMWA at (02) 834-4996 or (02) 834-3333.


4th July 2012
Unknown disease kills 60 children in Cambodia: WHO
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on July 4, 2012, 8:55 am

(By the World Health Organization through Y! News, 3 July 2012)

An unidentified disease has killed 60 young children in Cambodia in three months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it raced to identify the cause.

"The number of deaths reported to WHO is 60 cases and they have all been in young children," said Dr Nima Asgari, a public health specialist for the UN body in Cambodia, adding that the first casualties were reported in April.

The WHO is currently working with the Cambodian Ministry of Health "to identify the cause and the route of spread of this disease", he said.

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1st May 2012
Migration is good
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on May 1, 2012, 6:12 am

(By Tont La Vina, Manila Standard Today, 1 May 2012)

I write this column Sunday evening of 29 April 2012 in the Fressciarossa, the fast train that connects major Italian cities. I had just come from a graduation ceremony in Turin of the Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship (LSE) Program for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), a training program of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), the Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSent), Associazione Pilipinas OFSPES (Overseas Filipinos Society for the Promotion of Economic Security), and Social Enterprise Development Partnerships, Inc. (SEDPI). It is supported by the Philippine Embassy to Italy, our Milan Consulate, and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) officers in Italy.

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30th April 2012
Kuwait Filipinos top OAV globally
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on April 30, 2012, 6:41 am

(By Michele Fe Santiago, Special to the Arab Times, 30 April 2012)

Target exceeded: Philippine Embassy

KUWAIT CITY, April 30: The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait ranks first in the total number of Overseas Absentee Voters (OAV) registrants among the 94 Philippine posts across the globe, Dalidig Ibrahim Tanandato, the OAV Administering Officer at the Philippine Embassy, disclosed Monday.

"We are pleased to announce that a total of 4,117 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait had registered for the OAV from the period of November 2, 2011 to April 24, 2012. This figure far exceeds the Embassy’s target of 3,453 for the six-month period. We are very happy that we have topped all other posts. This is a good indication that Filipinos in Kuwait are keen on exercising their right of suffrage," outlined Tanandato.

He said included among the top 10 from November 2, 2011 to April 17, 2012 are the following Philippine posts: Los Angeles with 3,227 followed by Singapore 2, 849; Madrid 2,262; Rome 1,970; Hong Kong 1,923; London 1,819; Riyadh 1,744; Tel-Aviv 1,610 and Toronto 1,407.

There are over 180,000 OFWs in Kuwait and about 60 per cent of these are working as Household Service Workers (HSWs), and not all employers allow their HSWs to go to the embassy and register for the OAV.

"We hope to further increase the number of OAV registrants in Kuwait, hence, we are encouraging all Filipino organizations in Kuwait or those companies with a big number of Filipino workers to register during weekdays from Sunday to Thursday, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm,” urged Tanandato. He added that those who cannot register on weekdays due to their hectic work schedule may write to the embassy, stating the number of would-be registrants, date and time that they would want to go to the embassy. “They just have to coordinate with us so we can accommodate them. They must also bring with them a copy of their passport,” he explained.

Tanandato stated that OFWs in Kuwait can register until October 31, 2012. The local and national elections in the Philippines will be held in May 2013. Filipinos abroad who have registered as Overseas Absentee Voters will be able to cast their votes and have their voices heard during the elections.

"Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9189, otherwise known as “The Overseas Absentee Voting Act of 2003,” all citizens of the Philippines abroad, not otherwise disqualified by law, at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the election, and who are registered overseas absentee voters with approved application to vote in absentia, may vote for Senators and Party-List Representatives,” cited Tanandato.

He added that for this purpose, all qualified Filipinos citizens not registered as voters under Republic Act No. 8189, otherwise known as “The Voters Registration Act of 1996,” (the system of continuing registration) shall file an application for registration while those who are already registered under the said Act shall file an application for certification.


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 ON THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT
Immigration >>
MEGAN YOUNG CROWNED MISS WORLD 2013, September 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

7,000 OFWs in Jeddah seek repatriation, August 21, 2012, 8:10 pm

Migration is good, May 1, 2012, 6:12 am

Kuwait Filipinos top OAV globally, April 30, 2012, 6:41 am

Cathay offloads 'unruly' consul, April 24, 2012, 9:04 pm

OFW >>
Thousands of OFWs leave Saudi, March 22, 2016, 11:05 am

Scrap terminal fees for OFWs, court asked, October 29, 2014, 6:57 pm

OFWs take risks in Libya, August 5, 2014, 9:35 am

MEGAN YOUNG CROWNED MISS WORLD 2013, September 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

OFW PERKS BENEFITING THE ECONOMY, October 7, 2012, 9:01 am

Life Abroad >>
Thousands of OFWs leave Saudi, March 22, 2016, 11:05 am

MEGAN YOUNG CROWNED MISS WORLD 2013, September 28, 2013, 10:25 pm

7,000 OFWs in Jeddah seek repatriation, August 21, 2012, 8:10 pm

Migration is good, May 1, 2012, 6:12 am

Headlines >>
Malaysia alerts Philippines of new kidnapping, November 20, 2016, 4:10 pm

Thousands of OFWs leave Saudi, March 22, 2016, 11:05 am

 
 
 
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