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Awarding of Livelihood and Financial Assistance for Seven OFWs

Seven Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) namely Aiza S. Antonio, Valentina P. Lopez, Warren P. Nemenzo, Vergilio Ursaiz, Darazel Nicolas, Cheryl Caganda and Jane A. Reyes, were awarded by Senator Cynthia Vilar with livelihood packages. The OFWs were given groceries so that they could start their own “sari- sari” stores and be able to start their lives again here in the ... Read More »

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 calls MIAA’s plan to scrap Php550 terminal fee an early Christmas gift for OFWs

November 29, 2016 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that specializes in labor migration concerns, commended the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) for its plan to scrap the collection of airport terminal fees from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by March 2017. “The heartless policy of then MIAA General Manager Angel Honrado shall soon be laid to rest, ... Read More »

Ople Center urges the DFA to send an investigative team to look into alleged abusive behavior of a Philippine ambassador against her domestic worker

September 15, 2016 The Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-profit organization that assists distressed migrant workers, called on the Department of Foreign Affairs to send an investigative team to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York City to look into the alleged abusive behavior of Philippine Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre towards her household staff. According to the ... 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 »

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 »