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Writing Seminar for Healing and Self Discovery

June 01, 2017 Pag- IBIG Fund, Justinne Building, Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City   The “Writing Seminar for Healing and Self Discovery” aimed to utilize creative writing as a tool for former distressed OFWs to start the process of recovery, re- discover their self-worth and purpose, and map out their life plans.  The workshop was a pilot program and was ... 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 groups favor Congress probes over BOC dialogue

A coalition of OFW groups and advocates that have raised vigorous objections against the Bureau of Customs’ imposition of tighter controls over balikbayan boxes today welcomed the Senate and House hearings as a more appropriate platform for OFW concerns to be heard. John Bertiz, a former OFW and coalition spokesman, said leaders of the coalition forged a consensus that the ... Read More »

Ople Center seeks comprehensive review of balikbayan box memorandum

  The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that specializes in labor migration issues, called for a comprehensive review of Memorandum Circular No. 7990 issued by the Bureau of Customs in 1990 that sets guidelines on the use of balikbayan boxes by overseas Filipinos. Susan Ople, the center’s founding president, noted that costs of goods here and abroad ... Read More »

OFW groups back DFA, DOLE position to suspend MIAA’s IPSC scheme

A coalition of civil society groups and labor advocates today welcomed the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) call on the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to suspend the implementation of the integrated airport terminal fee in view of the exemptions granted by law to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Susan Ople, president of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and one ... Read More »

OFW groups to show solidarity VS MIAA’s terminal fee integration scheme

  Seventeen overseas Filipino workers’ organizations and advocates belonging to the Coalition #No to 550 today called on millions of Filipino migrant workers all over the world to show a united front against the government’s move to integrate the airport terminal fee in all air tickets on February 1 despite a law exempting OFWs from paying the PHP550 airport fee. ... Read More »

CSOs and local recruitment hold dialogue on human trafficking

Leaders of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Recruitment Industry will hold today (Jan. 14) a dialogue on human trafficking aimed at forging a framework of cooperation on how they can join hands in the fight against human trafficking and human slavery. The one-day dialogue will bring in experts in the government to help the participants assess the impact ... Read More »