Archive | December 2006

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Thank you and Best Wishes

Best Wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!    Most especially to the following friends who greeted me and to those who set aside a little time of their busy hours replying my text and email greetings:   USEC Rafael Seguis of DFA OWWA Administrator Marianito Roque OWWA Welfare Officer Arman Roa […]

A Christmas Letter from Prison

To my fellow OFWs incarcerated in different jails around the globe more particularly those in various prisons in Saudi Arabia and especially those in Death Row, Wishing you-ALL, A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! To my friend DONDON  (in death row) who despite from his situation greeted me a Happy Holiday by way of […]

A Short Tale of Three Migrants

To celebrate December 18 (Migrants’ Workers Day), the PMRW (Phil. Migrants’ Rights Watch)  organized a forum entitled migrants voices which featured three OFW returnees sharing their personal lives as migrants. Mike Bolos , CMA (Center for Migrant Advocacy) member of the board, shared his quarter-of-a-century journey  through the desserts of Saudi Arabia. A migrant “by accident”, he […]

10,003 Hits

Today 18 of December 2006, I have reached a marked of 10,003 hits! Maraming Salamat Po sa Inyong Lahat! Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon!   OFW Empowerment (Funchain, Bravenet Stats Counter) from April 2006 to Dec. 18, 2006   Cumulative Statistics 10,003 Total Uniques 5,307 Uniques / Page Views Counter Start Date from April 24, 2006 […]

OFW Voices & Migration story

From New Jersey, Filipino community leader Robert Ceralvo said in an e-mail to that, “I hope we learn from this experience-every OFW should leave enough money and provisions for themselves, for emergencies like this one, just enough to buy a fare to bring them home or to safety.” At the same time, he said, […]

Lebanon OFWs top migration story for 2006

Lebanon OFWs top migration story for 2006 By JULIE JAVELLANA-SANTOS Former migrant worker Rosie Mamaoag will be spending Monday, the International Day of Migration, thanking her stars that she was able to come home in July courtesy of the Philippine government. When the Philippine government first sounded the call for overseas Filipino workers in […]

Aginaldo Para sa Bayan Conference

                  The AIM Policy Center, in collaboration with the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) and the Overseas Filipinos WorldNet (OFWNet) Foundation, Inc., wishes to invite you on International Migrants’ Day, 18 December 2006, for the activity “Aginaldo Para sa Bayan 2: Overseas Filipino Resources for Philippine Investment and Development Projects”. The activity will take place […]

Blog Exposes unsecured Online Webcam

Axis Communications, is the maker of a wide variety of security cameras that can be connected to the Internet for remote viewing. Their products are excellent as they provide clear quality video streams that runs relatively fast. The purpose of the cameras can be used for security purposes, to all sorts of monitoring. From security […]

One Year Ago

13 12 2006 One year ago, 13 December 2005, I made my first blog post “Tax Exemption a Token Gift“. It all started when I read “Nasipit to Anywhere” a blog authored by my townmate who is a lawyer, writing current events direct from our beloved hometown Nasipit (Agusan, Del Norte). Actually at that time […]

International Human Rights Day

Poverty is a cause and a product of human rights violations   It is this double edge that makes poverty probably the gravest human rights challenge in the world. The links between human rights and poverty should be obvious:  People whose rights are denied-victims of discrimination or persecution, for example- are more likely to be […]

You made my day complete

In Saudi Arabia, Saturday is the first working day of the week and I hate Saturday’s because it is the busiest day of the week too. Exhausted with all work done, I am glad that there was still time for the day to browse and read entries from my favorite links. Here are some entries […]

12 Years Without Christmas

November 24, 1993 when I first came to work in Saudi Arabia. I am so lonely then because it is only about a month to go its Christmas. Yet for the reason that I was so eager to work abroad to earn a dollar, I set aside the Holiday season and faced a new beginning […]

Power, Lust & Greed

What the House is doing to its rules will never be tolerated in any self-respecting organization. But a self-respecting House is an oxymoron. I remember Palace pekingese Alex Magno asking, “As the world rushes aid to the victims of the Leyte landslide, why are the political players of Manila more engrossed with power grabs?” Magno […]

Come and Join Us!

Discussion Board at OFW Empowerment Forum are as follows:   1)    Posted by crichard2k6 re: Things to avoid by a Balikbayan upon going home 2)    Posted by Sandstorm re: To avoid losses and Philippine Tax Primer   Come and Join Us! Articles that relates OFWs issues and concerns are Welcome at General Discussion Board.    

Filipino Household Service Workers

The Phil. Overseas Employment Administration introduced new areas of reforms in recruiting and deployment of Filipino Domestic Workers. Be noted that our Filipina Domestic Helpers has its new name  – HSW ( Filipino Household Service Workers ).   Areas of Reforms are as follows:  1. Pre-qualification of Foreign Placement Agencies. The POLO shall issue a PQ […]