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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 »

Hotel jobs, sinigang na hipon waiting for Qaddafi’s kasambahays

A tearful, joyful homecoming, a steaming bowl of “sinigang na hipon”, and assured jobs in a well-known hotel in Cebu await Diana Jill Rivera and Mary Anne Ducos, two domestic workers recently rescued from the residence of Col. Moammar Qaddafy’s niece in Tripoli, Libya when they arrive in Manila within the week. This was the announcement of the Blas F. ... Read More »

Ople Center calls on local executives to help distressed OFWs in Syria

The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that assists distressed overseas workers, urged all local governments to link families of OFWs in Syria with the national government to fast-track rescue efforts. The Center noted that since most of the Filipinos in Syria left the country as tourist workers, the Philippine Embassy might not know the whereabouts of all ... Read More »

OFW Reintegration Program 2011

9:00am- 5:00pm, July 29, 2011, Friday, at the Activity Center of Star Mall Mandaluyong
Recently, the Ministry of Labor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) designed a concrete incentive program for the nationalization of the private sector workplace called the Nitaqat. Its primary aim is placing skilled and qualified Saudis in a career field and creating business growth. Although the Saudization Law was already put forward since 1994, this time the government has already outlined specific processes and timelines to implement it with specific sanctions for those who will not comply. With millions of OFWs working in Saudi Arabia, thousands of OFW families are expected to feel the effects of the Nitaqat at the household level. In light of this, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center sees the urgent and vital need to inform OFW families about the government’s Reintegration Program to prepare them for its consequences, and to ensure that economic opportunities abound despite external factors affecting them. Our event dubbed as “OFW Reintegration Fair 2011” shall take place from 8:00am – 5:00pm at the Star Mall Edsa, Mandaluyong City, on July 29, 2011 (Friday). We shall also have other resource persons from the government as well as the private sector, and expect about 150 participants to take part in this event. The fair shall be open for all OFWs free of charge. The OFW Reintegration Fair 2011 is presented by Blas Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, in partnership with Sagip-OFW, OWWA, and the NRCO, and made possible by Fortune Life Insurance Co, Inc., Passenger Accident Management and Insurance Agency Inc., and Met Tathione. Read More »

Cases Solved

(updated as of June 22, 2011) Leticia from Qatar (case closed as of May 6, 2011) Leticia is a 46-year old Pangasinan native who traveled to Qatar to work as a baby sitter. Last April 30, 2011, she passed away. The nurse who took care of her at the hospital in Qatar reported Leticia’s death to her daughter. With the ... Read More »