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NGO seeks ILO’s help in ensuring fair and humane treatment of Filipino workers in Sabah

A non-government organization that specializes on labor and migration issues urged the International Labor Organization to closely monitor and help verify reports of abuses in the handling of Filipino migrant workers and deportees by Malaysian authorities as the Sabah crisis continues. “We wish to appeal to the ILO to work with member-states — Malaysia and the Philippines — in ensuring ... Read More »

OFW Christmas

By Susan Ople (Originally published in Philippine Panorama, 30 December 2012) The Christmas season is a playground of emotions. Once the “-ber” months dominate one’s desk calendar, the percentage of yearning rises despite stagnant incomes pending the release of the most beloved Christmas bonus. Can you imagine if your parents named you “Bonus”? You’d be the most in demand employee ... Read More »

Why the conviction of Singaporean trafficker “Alfred Lim” is Important

More than three years ago, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia referred two human trafficking survivors to the Blas F. Ople Policy Center for assistance. Their names were Marilou Bagsit and Marivic Capistrano, both residents of Lipa City, Batangas province. They were married and with young kids, and the meager state of family finances prodded them to accept an offer of ... Read More »

Deployment ban could harm PH ties with 41 countries

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 but to implement the law ... Read More »


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 council to take over the ... Read More »

Philippine Senate commends Labor Attache to Libya Nasser Mustafa

Led by Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada, the Philippine Senate adopted a resolution commending Labor Attache to Libya Nasser Mustafa for his daring rescue of two overseas Filipino workers held against their will at a farmhouse owned by a close relative of deposed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. In his resolution, the chair of the Senate labor committee said that ... Read More »