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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 »

A Call to Our OFWs in Libya

To all our OFWs in Libya, which is under Crisis Alert Level 4, please avail of the repatriation program offered by the Philippine Government. Kindly get in touch with your Philippine Embassy in Tripoli and register for repatriation. The Philippine Government will shoulder the repatriation costs. To register for repatriation, Filipinos can contact the Embassy in Tripoli through the telephone numbers ... Read More »

Ople Center condemns tragic events involving OFWs

  July 22, 2014   Below is the official statement by Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute headed by Ms. Susan “Toots” Ople in reaction to the latest spate of tragic incidents involving Filipino workers abroad: “The OFW sector condemns the beheading of a Filipino construction worker in Libya and the missile attack that downed a commercial plane ... Read More »

Anti-age discrimination advocates call for swift passage of a law

3 June 2014 A multi-sectoral group today called on the House of Representatives to take its cue from the Senate in moving to ban age discrimination in the workplaces. Various labor groups including the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, that make up the “Abilidad, Hindi Edad” Coalition, made the call citing information that the Senate labor committee is now circulating ... Read More »

OFW group urges Senate blue ribbon and labor committees to release its report on sex-for-flight cases

April 25, 2014 A non-government organization that assists distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) urged the Senate blue ribbon and labor committees to release its committee report on the sex-for-flight hearings in light of the decision of the labor department to reprimand one of those allegedly involved in sexual harassment of OFWs. “The OFW sector is very much interested to know ... Read More »

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the MERS-CoV

  Q: What is MERS? A: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness. MERS is caused by a coronavirus called “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus” (MERS-CoV).   Q: What is MERS-CoV? A: MERS-CoV is a beta coronavirus. It was first reported in 2012 in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoV used to be called “novel coronavirus,” or “nCoV”. It is different from other coronaviruses that ... Read More »

Ople Center: DoH, DOLE should brief Middle East-bound OFWs about MERS-CoV

April 21, 2014 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that specializes in labor and migration issues, urged the Department of Health and the Department of Labor and Employment to tap the recruitment and travel industry as well as providers of pre-departure orientation seminars (PDOS) in providing information about MERS-CoV, or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus to all ... Read More »

DOH informs public of symptoms of the MERS-CoV

  The Department of Health (DOH) advised the public to be wary of the symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS virus that is spreading and affecting people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The MERS virus is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. It is a communicable disease; it could be passed ... 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 »

PHL EMBASSY REMINDS FILIPINOS TO CARRY IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS, PASSPORTS

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 make sure that their immigration ... Read More »