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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 »

NGO sees new dawn breaking for OFWs as they welcome the plans that “Tatay Digong” laid out in his SONA

July 26, 2016 OFW advocate and former labor undersecretary Susan Ople sees the breaking of a new dawn in the relationship between government and millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) under the Duterte administration given the President’s directives in his first State of the Nation Address. Ople heads a non-profit organization known as the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, which ... Read More »

OFWs use “selfies” to celebrate World Day vs Trafficking

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) participated in the global observance of World Day Against Trafficking (June 30) by posting “selfies” bearing the hashtag #DiAko4Sale on Facebook as part of the joint social media campaign of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Pinoy Blog/OFW Awards (PEBA), two non-governmental organizations helping in the fight against modern-day slavery. The #DiAko4Sale social media campaign ... Read More »

IACAT, POEA enlists support of recruitment industry in fight against human trafficking

  Leaders and representatives of the land-based recruitment industry will convene an anti-trafficking workshop on Monday (May 11) to discuss and map out plans on how to help the government and other stakeholders in combating human trafficking, notably within the overseas employment sector. Organized by the country’s biggest associations of recruitment agencies led by Elsa Villa of the Philippine Association ... 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 »

Over 30 million people enslaved worldwide today

Based on a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), there are 29.8 million or more people working as modern-day slaves today. Statistics revealed that three out of every 1,000 persons worldwide are in forced labor at any given time. Despite the awareness on the issue, it is still rampant because of one reason – it is lucrative. Modern-day slavery is a $150-billion-per-year ... Read More »

Pope Francis condemns human trafficking

In his first mass of 2015 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican, Pope Francis called on all nations to fight modern-day slavery. “All of us are called [by God] to be free, all are called to be sons and daughters, and each, according to his or her own responsibilities, is called to combat modern forms of enslavement,” he said in ... Read More »

Ople Center, IBP and Rotaract Club of Malolos, Bulacan to give free legal aid to trafficking victims

    ONE AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING – On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute headed by Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople (seated from left), in partnership with Atty. Purificacion Bartolome-Bernade and Ms. Julianne Marie Mapalad, presidents of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Gat Marcelo H. del Pilar (Bulacan Chapter) and the Rotaract Club ... Read More »

Empowering women through technology

by Susan V. Ople The best protection against labor exploitation and slavery is the possession of marketable, employable skills and knowledge about one’s rights not only as a worker, but as a human being. This is the philosophy behind the expanded TULAY program of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute. The expanded TULAY program is a two-week ... Read More »