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Ople appeals to OFWs: Vote and make a difference!

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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 […]

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

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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. […]

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NGO seeks immediate repatriation of scalded OFW

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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 […]

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OFWs in Libya seek understanding — Ople Center

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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 […]

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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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Deployment ban could harm PH ties with 41 countries

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The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization focused on labor and migration issues, cautioned the Philippine government to brace itself for adverse reactions from any of the 41 countries cited as unsuitable for Filipino workers by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). The Center noted that though the executive branch had no choice […]

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Heroes

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By Susan V. Ople Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa is a hero. While in Libya, he fulfilled his promise to bring home two Filipino domestic workers being held against their will by their employer, deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s niece. While the Department of Foreign Affairs had enunciated its position to wait for the Libyan transition […]