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Ople Center urges reforms in OFW assistance based on Pahima Alagasi’s case

April 13, 2018   A non-profit organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) welcomed home OFW Pahima Alagasi after nearly four years of staying at the Bahay Kalinga shelter of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh. “What happened to Pahima is a textbook case of how our intricate system of migrant workers’ protection and diplomacy failed her. We are thankful ... Read More »

Ople Center offers Japanese language course for aspiring OFWs

February 27, 2018 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute is now offering language courses as part of its “Skills for Jobs” program to enhance the core competencies of aspiring overseas Filipino workers including seafarers as well as local job applicants. The policy center is a non-stock, non-profit organization that provides assistance to distressed overseas Filipino workers and ... Read More »

Ople Center urges DoLE to match OFWs affected by the Kuwait deployment ban with existing local jobs

February 12, 2018 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers, stressed the need for the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to work closely with the private sector in offering jobs to repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). “There has to be a focused and relentless effort on the part of the labor ... Read More »

NGO warns DOH-accredited clinics and recruitment agencies against online medical registration scam victimizing OFWs

News Release January 2, 2018 A non-government organization that specializes in labor migration warned medical clinics and recruitment agencies catering to OFWs not to fall for a dubious scheme hatched allegedly by the GCC Ministry of Health, which imposes a $10-fee online registration fee for every Middle East-bound OFW applicant. “This online registration scheme appears to be a multi-million peso ... Read More »

Tulungang Abante-Ople tagumpay

Mga Kwentong OFWs: OMBE NASAGIP! Sa pamamagitan ng Blas Ople Center nasagip ng mga tauhan ng Overseas Worker Welfare Administration-Philippine Overseas Labor Office (OWWA-POLO) sa Jordan ang isang overseas Filipino worker (OFW) na umano’y minaltrato ng kanyang employer. Mistulang natanggalan ng tinik sa lalamunan at kaba ang mag-asawang Rose, 45, at Jhon Ombe, 50 naninirahan sa no. 1858 Oro B ... Read More »

Awarding of Livelihood and Financial Assistance for Seven OFWs

Seven Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) namely Aiza S. Antonio, Valentina P. Lopez, Warren P. Nemenzo, Vergilio Ursaiz, Darazel Nicolas, Cheryl Caganda and Jane A. Reyes, were awarded by Senator Cynthia Vilar with livelihood packages. The OFWs were given groceries so that they could start their own “sari- sari” stores and be able to start their lives again here in the ... Read More »

OFW party-list, NGOs endorse “Sunday Beauty Queen”; seeks MMDA, FAP and OWWA support to ensure its screening in theaters nationwide

December 28, 2016 A party-list organization and several non-government organizations involved in helping overseas Filipino workers banded together to endorse the movie, “Sunday Beauty Queen” and to ask more theaters to show the lone MMFF film documentary that focuses on the lives of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong. In an open letter addressed to the Metro Manila Development Authority ... Read More »

Ople Center calls MIAA’s plan to scrap Php550 terminal fee an early Christmas gift for OFWs

November 29, 2016 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that specializes in labor migration concerns, commended the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) for its plan to scrap the collection of airport terminal fees from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by March 2017. “The heartless policy of then MIAA General Manager Angel Honrado shall soon be laid to rest, ... Read More »