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OFW advocates, recruitment industry seek Senate, House to probe new monopoly on medical tests for Kuwait-bound OFWs

August 15, 2016 Labor advocate Susan Ople urged the labor committees of the Senate and House of Representatives to look into a new medical certification scheme for Kuwait-bound OFWs that charges nearly triple the costs of prevailing medical tests and limits the number of eligible clinics to only seven Metro Manila-based medical centers. The head of the Blas F. Ople ... Read More »

Ople Center commends Duterte administration for coming to the aid of stranded OFWs in Saudi Arabia

August 15, 2016 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center commended the Duterte administration for its all-out assistance to thousands of stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia. The Ople Center noted that Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is set to leave for Saudi Arabia today with a 40-man delegation to include representatives of the Philippine recruitment industry and a ... Read More »

Sweet corn vendor welcomes son home after 7 years on Saudi death row

May 25, 2016 Sweet corn vendor Editha Langamin and her husband, Clemente, welcomed home today their son, 32-year old Jonard Langamin, who was recently released from the Dammam detention center in Saudi Arabia after spending seven (7) years on Saudi Arabia’s death row. Langamin arrived at 10 A.M. aboard Philippine Airlines flight no. 0683 from Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He has ... Read More »

Ople cites possible human rights violations vs Nanay Gloria

OFW Advocate Susan “Toots” Ople today expressed concern over possible human rights abuses taking place right at the country’s international airport terminals because of the alleged syndicated planting of bullets on unsuspecting passengers.   Ople, who heads the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, said that 56-year old overseas Filipino worker Gloria Ortinez was interrogated by unidentified airport personnel without the ... Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions on the Ebola Virus

  What is Ebola virus disease (EVD)? Ebola is a severe, infectious often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees) caused by infection with Ebola virus.  It is very infectious, kills in a short time but can be prevented. How did it spread? The natural reservoir of the virus is unknown and it is not always clear how ... Read More »

CSO Summit 2014: Trafficking vs Technology PPT

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