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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 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 »

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 »

Pro-OFW groups urge the government to stop new cartel of medical clinics exploiting job applicants for Kuwait

August 11, 2016 The ACTS OFW party-list group and various civil society organizations urged the Department of Health, Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Labor and Employment to stop a new medical screening system for overseas job applicants bound for Kuwait that would give rise to a new cartel of medical clinics charging exorbitant fees per OFW. At ... 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 »

Position Paper of the Blas F. Ople Policy Center re AMLA Amendments As Submitted to the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee by Susan Ople, president, Blas F. Ople Center

March 15, 2016 The Philippines must prove to the world that we as a country are 100% behind global efforts to fight money laundering. There should be no sacred cows grazing in the shiny, metallic fields of our casinos, because any perception of leniency and non-cooperation on the Philippine side may prove disastrous to over 10 million overseas Filipinos. Our ... 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 »