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PHL EMBASSY REMINDS FILIPINOS TO CARRY IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS, PASSPORTS

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From the Department of Foreign Affairs 16 January 2014 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reminded Filipinos in Malaysia to fully complete their immigration documentation and always carry proper identification documents in light of the Malaysian Government’s announced crackdown on undocumented foreign nationals starting January 21. “We would like to remind our nationals to […]

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Empowering women through technology

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by Susan V. Ople The best protection against labor exploitation and slavery is the possession of marketable, employable skills and knowledge about one’s rights not only as a worker, but as a human being. This is the philosophy behind the expanded TULAY program of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute. The expanded […]

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News Advisory

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August 28, 2013 In case families of OFWs remaining in Syria find it difficult to get through the DFA’s hotlines, they can also call the Ople Center through its hotline: 833-5337 or send an SMS to +639158435498 to pass on information and messages that can result in the rescue and repatriation of their loved ones. Families of […]

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Financial Fitness 101: A Day of Inspiration

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Para sa mga OFW at kapamilya ng OFW, matutong mag-impok, magpalago ng pera, at pangalagaan ang kinabukasan ng pamilya.  Sumali sa Financial Fitness 101: A Day of Inspiration sa August 24, 2012 sa Laurel House, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City simula alas-8 ng umaga.   Tumawag sa 833-5337 o pumunta sa link na ito para magparehistro: http://www.bizwhiz.com.ph/financial-fitness-for-ofws.html

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Confucius says …

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Confucius says, “When anger rises, think of the consequences.” Filipinos around the world sympathize with the family of Hung Shih-cheng, a 65-year old Taiwanese fisherman killed in the high seas when officers of the Philippine Coast Guard aboard a maritime patrol ship fired at the fishing vessel where the old man was. Whatever the outcome […]

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Hostaged!

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This is the story of 31-year old seafarer, Gerald Gonzales, from Iloilo City. He holds the record for being the longest held Filipino hostage in Somalia. Gerald boarded Iceberg 1, a cargo ship, way back in 2009 for a 9-months stint as an oiler (all-around shipmate) with a salary of US$350. His contract was to […]

Anti-Human Trafficking

Modern Slavery

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By Susan V. Ople (Published in Philippine Panorama, Dec. 23, 2012)   What is the difference between forced labor and human slavery? Forced labor and slavery is defined by the Anti-Trafficking Act of 2003 as the extraction of work or services from a person by means of enticement, violence, intimidation or threat, use of force […]