About this Blog

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 I’ve been reading blogs already, particularly from famous blogger politician Peter Lavina.

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Blogging under blog name “OFW Empowerment”, with the abovementioned first entry using widely known template blogger.com followed by “OFW Representation“. Despite busy hours of my job, I have done my homework at home and it became a hobby. And as an active member of the Filipino community in Riyadh, I was determined to write about OFWs issues and concerns mixed up a little bit with politics.

In late April of 2006 it occurred to me that I was doing it anyway, why not continue doing it. Then I shifted to Funchain an easy to use blogger guide created by fellow Filipino an IT expert from Davao Mr. Jason Banico.

OFWs the Best Political Electorate” that was published online at Inquirer 7 supplement under Network Highlights INQ7 @ 5 was one of my first entries using Funchain. The said entry was based and inspired from my previous posting “OFW Representation”.

I immediately was on the receiving end of encouragement from colleauges in the Industrial Areas in Riyadh, and so with my readers like Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina, Atty. Loloy Compendio and Atty. Fred Pamaos– all fellow bloggers. Then the traffic started climbing and the rest is history.

Exactly two (2) years, December 13, 2007 (OFWEmpowerment blog 2nd Anniversary),  A Closer Look at  the  Filipino Diaspora  was published at Global Nation, Inquirer.net.   It was  posted in this blog  December 12, 2007.

Last year (2008)  I shifted to WORDPRESS,  upon advice of my blogger mentor Mr. Jason Banico.

Please allow me to thank  all of the readers and commenters in here.

And of course, to the member organizations of OFW Congress-Riyadh. To former Ambassador and now DFA Undersecretary Rafael Seguis, Labor Attache Jainal Rasul, Jr.,  and lastly to Tita Fairy Godmother Anita Sese Schon of Overseas Filipino Council International.

Also, to my brod Doods  (Engr. Dominico A. Amora) and dear friend Ms. Ellene Sana of  Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA).

And before I forget to my  IT  friend Bobby Ocafor the OFWempowerment logo.

Thank you so much to ALL of you! 

I know I’m not everybody’s cup of tea for the fact that I am neither a journalist nor a writer, but for one thing, it’s self-deserving and this blog is dedicated to all Overseas Filipinos.

MABUHAY ANG OVERSEAS FILIPINOS!!!

Inyong lingkod para sa mga Mangagawang Pilipino sa Buong Mundo,

 

Manuel “Bong” “Mawe” Amora

 

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206 thoughts on “About this Blog

    • hi hayden lahat ng ofw sa ksa dapat mag renew ng iqama pag malapit na itong ma expire. kung may re-entry ka dapat ma renew mo ito bago ka mag bakasyon. pag exit ka dapat lang na ma issue ang exit visa mo bago ma expire ang iyong iqama.

  1. GOOD NEWS TO MY BELOVED RELATIVE! THE BILL AMENDING RA 8042 IS NOW A LAW! IT HAS LAPSED INTO LAW WITHOUT BEING SIGNED BY GMA DUE TO THE TREMENDOUS PRESSURE BY GAMCA, CMA (OF ELENE SANA), PASEI, FAME, AND OTHERS ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING GMA’S VETO OF THE SAID BILL.

    NOW, OUR OFWs HAVE MORE PROTECTION!

    I STILL CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHY ELENE SANA WIDELY DISTRIBUTED AND SPREAD LIES AND DISINFORMATION ABOUT THE SAID BILL. PLEASE READ THE SAID BILL FOR YOURSELVES AND DO NOT JUST BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU HEAR ABOUT IT.

    IT IS NOW A LAW! EVERYBODY MUST OBEY AND FOLLOW THIS LAW!

      • Hello po,
        Ako po ay ngtatrabaho dito sa dammam sa king fahad specialist hospital dammam as sub contract.2 taon na ako ako dito at nag apply ako ng exit visa ko.Kea alng ang problima ay hindi poako papayagan na umuwi kasi daw 3yrs.contract ako sa companya ko pero may 2yrs.contract copy ako galing sa POAE Phils.. At ngayon hindi ko enerenew ang eqama ko kasi gusto ko na talagang umuwi.at malapit ng maexpire ang eqama ko this coming july 2,2010.kung papauwiin man ako kelangan kung mag antay ng kapalit ko sa trabaho para makauwi ako,.Ang tanong ko ay hanggan kelan ako mg aantay ng kapalit ko at malapit ng maexpire ang ko.

        thnx…………

        • dapat lang na maghanap na sila ng iyong kapalit bago ma expire ang iyong iqama. kung pumirma ka ng 3 yrs contract pagdating sa ksa may karapatan silang i-renew ang iyong work permit for 1 year pagkatapos ng 2 taon. ngunit malinaw na contract substitution ang nangyari, pero dahil pumirma ka ng 3yrs contract, ang kahulugan nito ay sinang ayonan mo ito o sumang ayon ka nito.

  2. I AM THE SON OF NILDA AMORA AYANO WHO MARRIED MY LATE FATHER – FRANK PASION (DECEASED OFW LEADER AND FOUNDER OF THE FIRST N.G.O. FOR OFWs, THE ASSOCIATION OF FILIPINO OVERSEAS WORKERS, INC., FOUNDED IN 1978).

    MY MOTHER NILDA, IS THE DAUGHTER OF MATILDE AMORA OF CANDIJAY, BOHOL AND THE LATE CHIEF-OF-POLICE OF CANDIJAY, BOHOL.

    I AM NOW A SUPERVISING LEGISLATIVE STAFF OFFICER 1 IN THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSEAS WORKERS AFFAIRS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. JUST E-MAIL ME IF YOU NEED MY ASSISTANCE AT fapasion@yahoo.com. MY TEL. NO. IS 9323608 AND MY CELL NO. IS 09226977978.

    • Gaw,

      Thank you so much for the good news! Yes, im from Anda and your from Candijay. Blood is thicker than water gaw. Glad to know that you are one of the legislative staff on the Committee on Overseas Workers affairs in Congress. Hope to see in person Gaw Sano. Ill call you one of these days.

      I would appreciate it much if you can provide me the copy of the amended R.A. 8042.

      Thanks.

      Bong

  3. Good day Sir,

    I’m Kriztel from Laguna po, working as an Area Development Assistant sa isang NGO which is Atikha Overseas Workers and Communities Initiative, Inc. here in Laguna. We will conduct a Financial Literacy Training of Trainors in Dubai this year.
    Our organization provides programs and services for OFWs and their families here in the Philippines. Your blog is really a great help para sa mga kababayan natin. Sana Mabisita and mapromote nyo din po ang aming website (www.atikha.org) sa mas marami pa nating kababayan ng sa gayon ay mas marami pa tayong ma reach out and matulungan na mga OFWs.

    Best regards,

    Maraming Salamat po!

    Kriztel

    • hi kriztel,

      yes, i knew atikha, in fact i mentioned atikha in this blog many times because i do believe atikha’s vision for the ofws and families of our ofws at home. i also mentioned atikha when i was one of the resource speaker during reintegration forum here in riyadh.

      ang alam ko naka link na kayo sa blog ko. if not then i will promote your site.

      thanks!

      bong

  4. gud evening sir!

    im remar friend of jhen who already sent u a complain, regarding dun s employer nya who threatened her & ung maling trato s kanya & s mga ksma nya n nurse s alsameria medical center in jeddah! may update n po b about dun? concern lng po me about s health nla & s status po nla! kc nga binantaan n cxa ng amo nya ng d maganda!

    waiting for response & more power

    remar

    • remar,

      gaya ng nabanggit ko, nasa riyadh ako at wala sa jeddah kaya medyo mahirap mag follow-up. pero subukan ko na makausap ang mga kaibigang community leader doon para perosnal kayong matulongan. sa ngayon, ang maipayo ko lang, dumulog kayo sa polo owwa sa jeddah mismo para ma aksyonan agad ang problema.

      bong

  5. Dear Bong Amora,

    This blog is such a good resource for OFW. I am here in the US. I just started a business in real estate.

    Although I am here in the US, a real estate investor in the Philippines asked my help to sell the property he has in the Philippines. I want to ask your help to inform the OFWs looking to buy a property in the Philippines – maybe for retirement or something they want for their family in the Philippines. I hope to receive a response to you soon.

    Thank you and God bless you for the work you do.
    Maria

  6. To Mr Mr Bobong AMora

    COngratulation ..Nieghbor kita No 35 lawanit Villages at classmate kita since we are elementary and up to 2nd yr high school I am surprised sa Website mo Super bongga ka na .

    For me Im working now here in AFrica .Hope you remember me .Bong di na kita tawagin SIr kasi ALam ko naman na freindly ka ny nature .

    Bong saan ba kita mapadalhan ng resume ng borther ko He is excellent in COmputer ENgr he was trained inCalifornia USA Now he wanted to apply in Oil company .I will send you his resume or CV .Help me pls .

    i AM SO PROUD OF YOU ..Galing mo Keep up a good work .

    Respectfully

    MS CImacio

    • Hi Ming! he he. Ming, unsaon pagkalimot sa mga panahon sa atong kabatan-on. Ilabi na ang Lawanit Village memories. Kumusta na? Bahin sa imong brod na Computer Engr. and trained in USA mas maayo pa sa uban na lang na nasod siya manimpalad Ming. Mas daghan pa na mas nindot ug opportunity sa lain kaysa KSA. Well, Saudi ARAMCO is the best dinhi sa KSA Ming, if we talk about Oil companies.

      Just email me in this email addy: bongamora14@yahoo.com para makasitorya ta daghan.

      Imong silingan,

      Bobong

  7. Dear Bong Amora,

    first of all, congratulations on putting together such a neat and interesting homepage!

    I am currently doing some research for university on the Philippine migration policy and I have a couple of questions and I would be truly interested in hearing your opinion. You seem like a very knowledgeable person!

    Could you maybe provide me with your contact information so I can email you one or two questions.
    It would be very much appreaciated!!

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Sabrina

    • Dear Sabrina,

      Thank you so much! It’s my pleasure to share with you some of my thoughts about Philippine Migration policy. You can also read some related infos about migration in my other blog : http://ofwnewsjournal.wordpress.com/ . Please also check some good links found in my blog that tackles migration.

      Thanks again for visiting ofwempowerment blog.

      Best regards.

      Bong Amora

  8. Hi OFW,

    I hope you are doing well. I have visited your blog and it is interesting to see someone’s efforts to address the issues faced by foreign workers in Saudi Arabia. I have a request for you.

    We would appreciate if you could help us in promoting the website for the Association For Discussion Of National Issues Of Saudi Arabia (ADNISA) in your Saudi group by messeging all your members about it. Your assistance will help ADNISA to take things to the next level and create awareness about issues which are unheard of but important ones to consider.

    Thank You,
    Regards,
    Salman

    • Hi Salman,

      Assalamu Alakum Wa Rahmatulah Wa Barakatuh!

      Ramadan Karim Mr. Salman,

      Im deeply honored receiving your comments in my blog. Yes! it my pleasure and honor to feature your site by having it listed as one of my favorite links. I visited the site and there are many interesting issues that needs expatriates and foreigners to know more about Saudi Arabia and their way of life.

      I will also email to my friends and egoups informing them what ADNISA is all about.

      Thank you and wishing you and family the best of health this Holy month of Ramadan and the years to come.

      Sincerely,

      Manuel

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