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Medicine Donations Make Up for OWWA Inadequacy

Medicine Donations Make Up for OWWA Inadequacy By: Bien Custodio (Arab News: 7/20/2003) RIYADH, 20 July 2003 — The bad news is that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Manila has been slow in releasing the monthly medical allowance for distressed Filipino workers abroad. The good news is that here in Riyadh, there are […]

Don’t Go to Iraq, Hostage Tells Fellow OFWs

Don’t Go to Iraq, Hostage Tells Fellow OFWs Arab News JEDDAH, 11 July 2004 — To Filipino workers who are still tempted to seek work in Iraq: Don’t. This message came from Angelo dela Cruz, the driver from the northern Philippines who had been taken hostage by Iraqi captors while on his way to restive […]

Sports Tapped to Promote OAV

Sports Tapped to Promote OAV By: Bien Custodio (8/16/2003) RIYADH, 16 August 2003 — Amid a poor turnout by overseas Filipinos in the registration for absentee voters, the Philippine Embassy and organizations in Riyadh are looking into creative ways of stirring interest among community members in the Kingdom. Embassy officials and community leaders have began […]

Overseas Filipino Workers object strongly to taxation plan

Overseas Filipino Workers object strongly to taxation plan By Julie Javellana-Santos OFW Journalism Consortium An Arroyo administration proposal to tax overseas Filipino workers has stirred criticism from overseas Filipino workers and migrants from all over. Instead of taxing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), “the government should be more creative and resourceful to tap the enormous potential […]

Overseas Absentee Voting in Riyadh

Overseas Absentee Voting in Riyadh OAV FILCOM VOLUNTEERS Boy Macion, Bong Amora, Jun Petite, Bagong Bayani Awardees Cesar Saavedra and Rene Caseda with Mar Vera Cruz Bong Amora received OAV Certificate of Appreciation from Ambassador B. Guinomla with Alex Bello & Bogs Bolor Absentee voter list-up a success: Comelec, DFA Posted: PDI 8:40 PM (Manila […]

Group formed to help build Pinoy database in Riyadh

Group formed to help build Pinoy database in Riyadh 28/11/2002 By Roland Blanco, Special to Arab News RIYADH, 28 November 2002 — A new Filipino community organization is inviting volunteers to help build a database for Filipinos working in Riyadh and to also help in the awareness campaign on developments concerning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). […]

Plan to Revive Tax on Overseas Filipinos Opposed

Plan to Revive Tax on Overseas Filipinos Opposed Bien Custodio & Julie Javellana-Santos, Arab NewsRIYADH/MANILA, — A proposal to restore the tax on the incomes of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has come under fire from migrant workers and other advocates, some of whom have decried it as “an effort to bleed OFWs” hard-earned income dry.” […]

Philippines Names Vice President Adviser for Migrant Workers

Philippines Names Vice President Adviser for Migrant Workers Bien Custodio, Arab News RIYADH, 12 August 2004 — Vice President Noli de Castro was named presidential adviser for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) yesterday, and the supposed beneficiaries and advocacy groups want to know the implications. “What does this mean? What are the implications of this?” Ellene […]

Arroyo Tops Mock Poll Among Riyadh Workers

Arroyo Tops Mock Poll Among Riyadh Workers Bien Custodio, Arab News RIYADH, 12 April 2004 — Incumbent President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo won a convincing 32 percent of the votes cast in a mock election held for a five-day period among Filipinos in the industrial areas of Riyadh. Conducted by the Kalipunang Kaakabay ng Manggagawang Pilipino […]

27 New Organizations Sign Partnership Agreement With Philippine Embassy

27 New Organizations Sign Partnership Agreement With Philippine EmbassyBien Custodio, Special to Arab News Ambassador Bahnarim Guinomla met with the so-called Accredited Community Partners (ACPs) at the Philippine Embassy last weekend and told them that their assistance was most needed. RIYADH, 15 May 2003 — A total of 27 professional, sports, advocacy, and civic groups […]