PGMA’s SONA re: OFW’s

“Sa hirap at ginhawa, ang ating overseas Filipinos ay pinapatatag ang ating bansa. Iyong padala nilang $16 billion noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa..

PGMA's SONA re: OFW

PGMA's SONA re: OFW

I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found—in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is very hard work.

Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha ng mga trabahong maganda ang bayad dito sa atin so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking Filipino in search of a better life.

Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mga mas malakas na paraan upang proteksyonan at palawak ang halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force.

Hindi ako nag-aatubiling bisitahin ang ating taong bayan at ang kanilang mga hosts sa buong mundo – mula

OFW's in Hongkong

OFW's in Hongkong

 Hapon.hanggang Brazil, mula Europa at Middle East hanggang sa American Midwest, nakikinig sa kanilang mga problema at pangangailangan, inaalam kung paano matulungan sila n gating pamahalaan—-by working out better policies on migrant labor, or by saving lives and restoring liberty.

Pagpunta ko sa Saudi, pinatawad ni Haring Abdullah ang pitong daang OFW na nasa preso. Pinuno nila ang isang buong eroplano at umuwi kasama ko.

Mula sa ating State Visit to Spain, it has become our biggest European donor. At si Haring Juan Carlos ay nakikipag-usap sa ibang mga bansa para sa ating mga namomoblemang OFW. Ganoon di si Sheikh Khalifa, ang Prime Minister ng Bahrain.

Pagpunta ko sa Kuwait, Emir al-Sabah commuted death sentences.

We thank all the world leaders who have shown compassion to our OFWs, Maraming salamat po.

Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign investment. Net foreign direct investments multiplied 15 times during our administration.

Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign investment. Net foreign direct investments multiplied 15 times during our administration. Kasama ng ating mga OFWs, they more than doubled our foreign exchange reserves. Pinalakas ang ating piso at naiwasan ang lubhang pagtaas ng presyo. They upgraded our credit because while the reserves of our peers shrunk our reserves grew by $3 billion.”  - PGMA’s 2009 SONA

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Katumbas na Kabayaran

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Katumbas na Kabayaran

Maraming mga bagay na ginagawa natin dito sa mundo na hindi mo sukat akalain na ito’y makapagbigay sa iyo ng kasiyahan. Maliban sa kapangyarihan ng pera na siyang pangunahing instrumento na makapag bigay saya ng isang tao.

Ang bukal na pagtulong sa kapwa ay walang katumbas na kabayaran, ito’y kasiyahan sa puso na hindi natin maiihambing ng kahit anong halaga ng salapi.

Sa ating buhay may mga pagkakataon na maitanong natin sa ating sarili na bakit ko ito ginagawa na sa kabila ng ating pansariling problema mas nauuna pa ang iba?

Many hands have the ability not only to make work easier, but also helping each other overcome obstacles

Many hands have the ability not only to make work easier, but also helping each other overcome obstacles

Maraming paraan ng pagtulong, hindi ito sa pera lamang na kaparaanan basta bukal sa puso mo ang pagtulong sa kapwa at itoy kusa mong ginagawa at ito’y galing sa kaibuturan ng iyong puso, gawin mo ito dahil may katumbas na biyaya na darating galing sa itaas. Hindi man ito ngayon, baka bukas o sa susunod na mga araw. ***

Ang pangingibang bayan ng isang ama o ina ng tahanan ay hindi napaka simpleng desisyon sa kanyang buhay. Malayo sa pamilya at pangungulila sa mga mahal sa buhay ay ang katumbas nito.  Pangunahing kadahilanan ang makapagpatayo ng sariling bubong na matawag na sariling atin, utang man ito ngunit ito’y mapasaiyo rin balang araw. Pangalawa para sa kinabukasan ng mga anak.

Ngunit ang lahat ng pawis at dugo mong pinuhunan ay may katumbas rin na kabayaran at ito’y hindi dapat pagsisihan ng mga katulad nating nangingibang bayan. Bagkus ito’y asahan pagdating ng araw.

Kalakip ng “entry” na ito ay ang kuwento ng isang anak OFW, na pinamagatang “AKO“. Sana, ito ay makabigbigay ilaw sa ating lahat na ang pangingibang bayan ay may katumbas na kabayaran. Sa mga anak sana ngayon maiintindihan ninyo ang paglayo ko (namin).

Saan KAMI sa Puso MO

State of the Nation Address : Saan KAMI sa Puso MO   (Walong Taon na ang nakalipas “Pagbabalik Sulyap sa SONA ni PGMA”)

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SONA 2001

SONA 2001

 

 

 

 

“Instead of speculating, let us further strengthen the financial sector. We will design innovative policies to develop our capital market. We will set up a secondary housing mortgage market, an asset management company, and a provident  fund for overseas Filipinos”.

“I ask Congress to enact a law giving Overseas Filipinos, who continue to play a critical role in the country’s economic and social stability, giving them the right to vote”.

SONA 2002

SONA 2002

 

N O N E

                        

SONA 2003

SONA 2003

 

 

 

 

“The Filipinos  is now recognized as a truly global worker, both at home and abroad”.

“Eight Million Filipinos live and work abroad, in jobs where they enjoy the unbeatable comparative advantages of an English speaking education, advanced skills and a uniquely caring nature”.

“The Filipino people will work anywhere because he is not afraid, like Manny Pacquiao, given the chance to compete, he will take it and he will win. It was only fitting that because of your work in Congress, Overseas Filipinos were given the overseas voting right”.

SONA 2004

SONA 2004

 

 

 

 

 

“Why was Angelo Dela Cruz saved? Because I stuck to my oath. Since I first became President in 2001, my declared foreign policy focus has been to protect the vital interest of the nation, including our eight million overseas Filipinos”.

“Sacrificing Angelo Dela Cruz would have been pointless provocation; it would have put the lives of a million and a half Filipinos in the Middle East at risk, by making them part of the war”.  
SONA 2005

SONA 2005

 

 N O N E

 

 

SONA 2006

SONA 2006

 

              

 

 

“Sa ating mga OFW, tunay kayong mga bagong bayani. Sa inyong paglilingkod sa pamilya, sa ating bayan at sa Diyos, maraming salamat”.

 

SONA 2007

SONA 2007

 

  N O N E

 

 

 

 

SONA 2008

SONA 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I care for our OFWs, famed for their skill, integrity and untiring labor, who send home their pay as the only way to touch loved ones so far away. Nagpupugay ako ngayon sa kanilang mga karaniwang Pilipino”.

ReVOTElution 2010 Takes Off

ReVOTElution 2010 Takes Off

There  is a peaceful and pro-people revolution initiated by Overseas Filipinos and Overseas-Filipino workers (OFWs) that will be done through the diligent exercise of suffrage. The ReVOTElution proponents want to do an uprising in the hearts and minds of the Filipino people, so as to create positive changes in the homeland.

Bobby Mercado-Reyes, one of the chief architects of the peaceful revolt, coined the word, “ReVOTElution.” It principally wants to duplicate the people-powered revolt in February 1986, although it wants to change the meaning of the EDSA into “Economic Development and Social Advancement” EvoteLUTION. More details about the new Overseas-Filipino initiative can be found in its website, the http://www.revotelution.com.

 The  ReVOTElution 2010 began in Southern California and has attracted the support of many OFWs in the Middle East, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The mission, aims and objectives of the ReVOTElution 2010 are described in the “Vision RP 2021” manifesto that is published in this website.

The ReVOTElution intends to have a political arm, which is now performed by the Partidong Pandaigdigang Pilipino, which some OFW community leaders have organized. It is billed as the   “Worldwide OFW-led Political Party.” More information about the budding political movement can be found in its website, http://www.partidongpandaigdigangpilipino.org/ 

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In Southern California, supporters of the ReVOTElution have organized a branch of the PPP, which they call the “PPP-Labor BalikLaban Chapter.

Slowly the http://www.ReVOTElution.com    Section of the www.MabuhayRadio.com will be transferred to the new website, so that the original website will be completely apolitical.  

The ReVOTElution 2010 will be launched officially sometime in August 2009. Details of the launching will be announced in several websites. # # #

Reyna Elena’s OFW Logo

Reyna Elena  is one of the many blogs that features the life of OFW’s.  I started reading this blog way back 2006 when I was still a neophyte in the world of blogging. The award winning blog is maintained by a certain “Reynz“. 

Reynz  sense of humor earned him the respect of his fellow bloggers like me. He posts anything that captures his senses, from science to fictions, from love stories, commentaries to politics. His wits fascinates me and sometimes envies the style the way he blogs. According to Technorati, “Reynz”  maintains blogs  like; the Reyna ElenaOfw Center and  Barrio Siete   all of these blogs are widely read by OFW’s.  

But the most of all, the logo he used in all of his blogs captures my heart. 

Thanks “Reynz” for having a heart of an OFW and more power!

The logo in far sight and in its entirety is like an explosion of confetti and light. A celebration of Success and dreams of all the Achievements of OFWs, both the nameless and the famous. A logo of positive emotions, feelings of jubilation and the patriotistic pride of being one of the New Heroes of the Philippines.
The logo in far sight and in its entirety is like an explosion of confetti and light. A celebration of Success and dreams of all the Achievements of OFWs, both the nameless and the famous. A logo of positive emotions, feelings of jubilation and the patriotistic pride of being one of the New Heroes of the Philippines.(Click the logo, to read the maker’s inspirations that enabled him to create the logo).

         

How overseas Pinoys can register to vote in 2010

OAV Primer

OAV Primer

The Overseas Absentee Voting mechanism was implemented in the Philippines in 2003 to provide an opportunity for Filipinos abroad to exercise their right in electing the President, Vice President, Senators and one Party-list Representative. [Click on the image above to activate the interactive guide]

With over eight million of them scattered throughout the globe, overseas Filipinos could decide the result of the 2010 national elections. After Congress approved the OAV in 2003, about 300,000 Filipinos abroad registered to vote in the two-month registration period.

But this number dipped in 2006 when only 142,000 Filipinos in the 13-month registration period for the 2007 elections.

GMANews.TV prepared this short interactive primer as a guide for the Filipinos living and working abroad on the voting registration process for the 2010 national elections.

The OAV registration process opened in February 2009. The government has set a goal of 1 million OAV registrants by August 31, the last day of the registration period. Only 115,650 overseas Filipinos had signed up as of end-June.

This OAV primer is the first in a series of information materials that the Pinoy Abroad team is producing so that the voice of overseas Filipinos may be heard in the polls. - The Pinoy Abroad Team, GMANews.TV

Manila Summer Festival 2009

 
To: All Filipino Community in Riyadh
 
We are inviting everyone to come and witness the Opening Ceremony of MANILA SUMMER FESTIVAL 2009 which will officially open this July 24, 2009 at 5pm – 10pm to be held at the basement of Manila Plaza Center, Batha.
  
There will be weekly activities (every Thursday & friday) like sports tournaments, libreng tawag sa Pinas, food festival, bazaar, tiangge at iba pa.
 
See you all.
 
SE Productions 
 
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26 Filipinos arrested for possessing fake papers in Dammam

Wednesday, 15 July 2009,  DAMMAM – Twenty-six Filipinos were arrested by local police over the weekend in two separate raids held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia for possessing fake documents, the Philippine embassy in Riyadh reported.

Local authorities found out that those arrested possessed fake marriage contracts and “iqama” or resident certificates. Last Thursday, eight couples were arrested when police found them drinking inside a flat. An irked neighbor tipped off the authorities because of the noise, an informant identified only as Becka told ABS-CBN.

Fake marriages and giving refuge to workers who fled from their employers are serious offenses which carry a penalty of imprisonment, lashes and excessive fines if found guilty. - Ambassador Antonio Villamor

Fake marriages and giving refuge to workers who fled from their employers are serious offenses which carry a penalty of imprisonment, lashes and excessive fines if found guilty. - Ambassador Antonio Villamor

Becka said that two of those arrested were her co-workers at a ladies shop in Dammam. One is a master-cutter and the other one is a beautician.  “All sixteen of them got arrested, eight men and eight women. Of those arrested, two are my workmates,”Becka said. Due to the arrest of her two co-workers, Becka said their employer temporarily closed their shop. Becka fears that she might also lose her income if the dress shop will not be reopened soon. Becka told ABS-CBN that she only learned about the arrest on Friday morning.

“My friends called me while inside the prison asking to transfer celfone loads so that they can call their families back in the Philippines. I have been in constant contact with them because I am also worried their situation,”  she said. The eight couples, as Becka was told by her friend, were planning to go night swimming on Thursday. They were busy preparing their food which they will bring to the beach when the police came. At first they were apparently caught drinking liquor. Becka said her friends denied this during their telephone conversation. When the police asked for their identification, some of those arrested ere caught having fake marriage contracts and iqama.

Becka said the Filipinos fear they may be charged with prostitution.  “My friend said its not true that they were doing something wrong. They were just preparing for the picnic. However, it was a big mistake that they planned to go out in the evening,”Becka said.

Immorality - Fake Marriage

Immorality - Fake Marriage

Meanwhile, 10 more Filipinos were arrested also last Saturday night. Labor attache  David Dicang admitted that five more couples were arrested for having also fake marriage contracts. Dicang said that the local authorities are currently conducting saturation drives to stop the illegal activities of expatriates, particularly those who do not have work permits or resident certificates. This, however, also led to the arrest of couples who have fake marriage contracts. But according to the labor attache, they have yet to receive the formal reports from the local police. He already sent his staff to get the names of those arrested and the charges filed against them.  “Some of them are runaways, and some have fake marriage contracts. So these might be the cases to be filed against them. One couple who got arrested do have legal documents. However, they may be charged of harboring illegal workers or harboring runaways,”Dicang said.

Ambassador Antonio Villamor instructed Dicang to closely monitor on the situation of the 26 Filipinos arrested and to give them the required assistance. Villamor again reiterated that Filipinos in the kingdom must abide with the laws and regulations of the host country. He said that the embassy noticed an increasing number of OFWs being caught and incarcerated due to illegal activities.  “As guest workers in the kingdom, we are not only expected but are obliged to follow and respect the laws and regulation being enforced by the Saudi authorities,” Villamor said. The ambassador stressed that fake marriages and giving refuge to workers who fled from their employers are serious offenses which carry a penalty of imprisonment, lashes and excessive fines if found guilty.

By DINAN ARANA  ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau

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Let us wield the power of the overseas vote

INQUIRER.net First Posted 12:37:00 07/05/2009 Filed Under: Migration, Elections, Eleksyon 2010,

Some four years ago, the Overseas Absentee Voting Act and the Dual Citizenship Act were passed by the Philippine Congress and signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The first enabled overseas Filipino immigrants to vote in Philippine elections. The second allowed those of us who had become naturalized citizens of other countries to reacquire Philippine citizenship and thus enjoy the right of suffrage, among other rights.

OFW Vote

OFW Vote

We who live in America lobbied long and hard to have both laws passed. We said we wanted to alleviate poverty, stimulate national development, and change the culture of corruption and incompetence in government. We demanded a say in the way the country was being run because we were keeping its economy afloat with our billions in dollar remittances. And we argued that our voting potential, numbering in the millions, could place honest, competent, and dedicated leaders in office and bring about a renaissance in the Philippines.

But what has happened when we were finally given the right to vote? Of the millions that make up the overseas Filipino population, only a few disappointing thousands have bothered to register and even fewer actually voted in the last Philippine elections.

Many reasons have been given for this. Stringent election rules and requirements. The belief that our votes would not be counted anyway in an electoral process notorious for cheating. The cynical view that the incumbent rascals would simply be replaced by a new set of thieves and incompetents.

But weren’t these the very reasons why we demanded our rights as citizens? Didn’t we insist that our enlightened votes could change the status quo?

As strangers in a foreign land, we have dared uncertainties and challenges and have become masters of our own destiny. Should we now become defeatists in the face of a challenge that we are perfectly capable of confronting?

In only a few months, a crucial election will take place. In May 2010, a new president will be elected, amidst increasing poverty and growing unrest among the masses and allegations of rampant corruption, extra-judicial killings, and abuse of power. Once more we are being asked, as overseas Filipino citizens, to participate in the electoral process and help achieve the reforms that our country desperately needs.

It is not enough to send money. Not enough to criticize and complain. Let us not turn a deaf ear to the pleas of our country and people. Let us perform our sacred duty as Filipino citizens. Let us wield the power of the overseas vote.

Yes, we can elect competent and honest public officials if we cast our votes wisely. Yes, we can make our votes count by being vigilant and involved. Yes, we can help lift the Philippines from its miserable state.

The last day of registration to vote in the 2010 presidential elections is on August 31. Let us all register and vote.

We can do it. Yes, we can!

Global Nation:  Let us wield the power of the overseas vote 

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