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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 urges the DFA to send an investigative team to look into alleged abusive behavior of a Philippine ambassador against her domestic worker

September 15, 2016 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that assists distressed migrant workers, called on the Department of Foreign Affairs to send an investigative team to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York City to look into the alleged abusive behavior of Philippine Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre towards her household staff. According to the ... Read More »

Ople Center appeals to gov’t to launch nationwide manhunt for illegal recruiters

August 26, 2016 OFW advocate Susan Ople called on law enforcement agencies in partnership with the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior and Local Governments and the Department of Labor and Employment to intensify its manhunt for illegal recruiters, particularly those with pending warrants of arrest. The Ople Center recently referred a case involving more than 200 victims of ... 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 appeals to OFWs: Vote and make a difference!

May 5, 2016 OFW advocate and senatorial aspirant Susan Ople urged overseas Filipino voters to get out and vote so that they can help make a difference in shaping the country’s future. “Vote pa more!” Ople reminded OFWs especially those longing for labor and economic reforms. Ople, a former labor undersecretary and the lone Nacionalista Party senatorial bet noted that ... 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 »

NGO seeks immediate repatriation of scalded OFW

September 8, 2014 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), today called on the government to prioritize the repatriation of scalded OFW “Candice” Alagasi in light of the dismissal of the public rights complaints filed against her employers by a Saudi prosecutor. The NGO called on the Department of Foreign Affairs ... Read More »

OFWs in Libya seek understanding — Ople Center

5 August 2014 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center today said the decision to leave Libya is not an easy one for many overseas Filipino workers to make due to the circumstances in their place of work. “Some of them have this strong sense of obligation to keep working because Libya’s basic services and critical industries are reliant on their ... Read More »

NGO wants stiffer penalties on labor attaché linked to cover-up of frustrated rape of OFW

February 21, 2014 Labor advocate Susan Ople called on the Department of Labor and Employment to reconsider its decision to merely impose a one-month suspension without pay on a labor attaché accused of covering-up the frustrated rape of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). Describing the decision an “insult to all OFWs”, Ople noted that the offense was far greater than ... Read More »