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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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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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NGOs push for inclusion in investigative panel and expansion of probe into “sex-for-flight” allegations

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There is a groundswell of support building up for the inclusion of civil society representatives to join the government panel tasked with investigating the alleged “sex-for-flight” complaints against certain embassy personnel particularly in Middle East posts. Susan Ople, President of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, said that a group of civil society leaders and […]

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NGO welcomes Saudi King’s intervention to suspend crackdown; calls on PH government to augment embassy personnel and resources for Saudi Arabia

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The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers, lauded the decision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to order the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labor to stop the crackdown on foreign workers without proper work documents for three […]

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NGO seeks ILO’s help in ensuring fair and humane treatment of Filipino workers in Sabah

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A non-government organization that specializes on labor and migration issues urged the International Labor Organization to closely monitor and help verify reports of abuses in the handling of Filipino migrant workers and deportees by Malaysian authorities as the Sabah crisis continues. “We wish to appeal to the ILO to work with member-states — Malaysia and […]

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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 […]

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OFW Christmas

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By Susan Ople (Originally published in Philippine Panorama, 30 December 2012) The Christmas season is a playground of emotions. Once the “-ber” months dominate one’s desk calendar, the percentage of yearning rises despite stagnant incomes pending the release of the most beloved Christmas bonus. Can you imagine if your parents named you “Bonus”? You’d be […]

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Happy OFW Christmas Party 2012

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On December 12, 2012, which incidentally is also the International Day Against Trafficking, the Blas F. Ople Center will hold its annual Happy OFW Christmas Party at the Ramon Magsaysay Hall, on the second floor of the Social Security System Main Office, East Avenue, Quezon City from 1.00 to 5 P.M. We expect at least […]

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500 OFW families to “pass the hat” at Christmas party for OFW on Saudi death row and typhoon victims

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Over five hundred relatives and families of overseas Filipino workers will celebrate Christmas with their own party organized by the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that assists migrant workers, on Wednesday, December 12 at the Ramon Magsaysay Hall of the Social Security System Building at East Avenue, Quezon City from 1 to […]