To: All Filipino Community Organizations in Saudi Arabia/ Fellow OFWs
This is to inform you-all that the Philippine Embassy has launched an ONLINE REGISTRATION for all Filipinos in Saudi Arabia, as per above Philippine Advisory 24-2011.
We all knew that not all Filipinos in the Kingdom have access in the internet, in view of this, the OFW Congress-Riyadh is requesting all Filipino community organizations to register the names of your members.
To those companies where there are large numbers of OFWs, one or two OFWs in the company can collect the names of their fellow OFWs and register it at once.
Hinihingi po namin ang “Bayanihan” ng lahat upang maging successful po ang proyekto na ito ng ating Embahada, POLO/OWWA. Isantabi muna po natin ang mga hindi pagkakaunawaan, kundi bagkus magtulongan para sa kapakanan at kagalingan ng ating hanay.
Maraming Salamat Po.
From: OFW Congress-Riyadh
Overseas Filipino Workers Congress
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
“OFW Congress-Riyadh is a forum of community leaders representing various Filipino organizations. It was primarily formed to advocate for national policy and program to address the issues and concerns of OFWs in general.”
The 2011-2013 (EXECON) Executive Council Member Organizations
|Engr. Robert Ramos||Dr. Carlito Astillero (MD)|
|Samahan ng Mangagawang Pilipino||Order of the Knights of Rizal|
|SAMAFIL (Al Babtain Group & Associates)|
|Ronnie Huertas||Mario Ben|
|Elite International School||Kapatiran sa Gitnang Silangan|
|Community Relations||External Relations|
|Engr. Resty Sibug||Cesar Gervacio|
|Philippine Society of Mechanical||Royal Guardians International|
|Engineers – PSME|
|Women (Director General)||Islamic Affairs|
|Nilda Ballesteros (RN)||Habib Batua|
|Philippine Nurses Association||Federation of Maranao|
|(Ministry of Health)||Association in Saudi-FEMAS|
|Women (Deputy Director General)||Government Relations|
|Alona Efondo Dela Cruz||Engr. Boggs Bolor|
|Al Habib Medical Group||Guardians-GMGI|
|Sports||Culture & Arts|
|Faizal Mercurio||Ruperto Civil|
|Black Python Martial Arts , Inc.||Artist League for Culture & Arts|
|Entertainment & Social Affairs|
|Celso M. Ditalo, CPA|
OFWC Induction Rites (24th of February 2011 at Philippine Embassy-Riyadh)
OFW CONGRESS-RIYADH PAST OFFICERS, INCUMBENT MEMBERS AND ACTIVE MEMBERS
WITH NATIONAL RECOGNITION:
Eufemio B. Bantugan, Jr., CPA (Phil); MFP – 1998, PICPA National Awardee as Outstanding CPA in Overseas Community Service for his active role as Tax Adviser to the Filipino Community in Saudi Arabia
Dr. Carlito L. Astillero (MD) – “Most Outstanding Filipino in Saudi Arabia” award by the Philippine Embassy in 1990, the “Bagong Bayani Award” by President Corazon Aquino in 1992, the “San Lorenzo Ruiz Award as Outstanding OCW” by President Fidel V. Ramos in 1994, and the Special Presidential “Banaag and Sikat Award” also by President Fidel V. Ramos in 1996
Engr. Robert Ramos – 2009 Bagong Bayani (New Hero) awardees in various fields by the Philippine-based Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI)
Alex Veloso Bello (Accountant) – The Most Outstanding OFW 2010 land-based category, Region 8; MOFYA Model OFW Family Award 2010 in Region 8 (Regional level ); MOFYA 2010 National Special Awardee for community service.
Overseas Filipino Council International – serving our expatriates by becoming bridge builders, torch bearers, and pledge keepers. Filipino expatriates, whether immigrants or contract workers, are currently estimated at some eight million: close to ten percent of our homeland’s population. But our sheer size – growing at the rate of 3,000 per day in 2005 – has far outpaced our needs. We have become a class – “overseas Filipinos” – but have yet to become a community.
This is the task embraced by OFCI: serving our expatriates and thereby fashion a true, progressive community. A community responsive to the genuine needs, interests, and concerns of its members. And, ultimately, those of our homeland.
The bedrock of OFCI – our common purpose – is service. Our expatriates – specifically our contract workers – have time and again been lauded as the “new unsung heroes” of our Republic. The least we can do, by holding hands across the seas, is to facilitate the availability of the tools we require to make ourselves even more well-informed, self-reliant, and valuable to our families, to our host countries, to our expatriate community, and to our homeland by leaving a good legacy for the next generation. Join us. Our task is daunting. But we’re taking it on. Because we can. We mean it. Read more>>>>
OFCI’s hospitality Room
Several years ago, I was asked to teach Filipino cooking at the US Naval Submarine Base in Bangor, Washington State. My love for cooking did not stop at the Naval Base, I would go to American homes and proudly present our Filipino cuisine.
In 2005, while organizing the OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL in California, ANITA’S KITCHEN caricature was sent in through the internet by our President Dindo Generoso, from Australia. I fell in love with the picture, with my signature Hairdo, why not? So ANITA’S KITCHEN became the LOGO and the kitchen came alive VIRTUALLY. OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL, became OVERSEAS FILIPINO COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL and ANITA’S KITCHEN became the OFCI’s hospitality room. – nitz sese schon
read more about>>>> Anita’s Kitchen
PIA Press Release
Friday, December 17, 2010
Tacloban City (December 17) — For the first time, the Overseas Filipino Workers in Eastern Visayas have organized themselves into an association, on December 17, 2010 at the OWWA Region 8 Conference Room.
Mr. Alex Bello, this year’s Model OFW Family Awardee for Region 8, land-based category, informed the Philippine Information Agency that during the OFW Family Day, upon the suggestion of Board Member Roque A. Tiu, the group decided to meet on December 17 to formally organize into an organization.
Mr. Bello said that the OFWs could be a strong force in implementing changes in the Region, in the policies on OFWs and in helping other OFWs who are in need, even OFWs who are now back from abroad.
With Mr. Bello is the interim President, vice presidents for every province were also chosen. They are Teresita Contado; Reynaldo Tuazon of Samar, Rogelio Labarrete for Northern Leyte, Araceli Sevilla for Western Leyte, and Pablito Cuizon for Biliran.
Rosario Macapugas is the Secretary while Delia Reyes isTreasurer. Batasheba Dy was chosen as the auditor and Victor Quimbo and Nida Robin are the Marshalls.
Mr. Bello who is also this year’s National Special Awardee for community service, said that the association is named as Pagkakaisa OFWs Families in Region 8.
The name expresses the desire of the OFWs to unite together to help Region 8 and to help other OFW families who are in need.
The little help from each member will have bigger impact when added together, Mr. Bello said.
With the 26 years of being an OFW leader in Saudi Arabia, here is wishing Mr. Bello and the other officers good luck in their endeavors. (PIA 8)
Hindi ako taga OWWA, isa rin po akong OFW na katulad ninyo. Nais ko rin pong mag for good pero hindi pa sapat ang naiipon para makapagsimula. Nakapag loan na rin ako sa OWWA pero ito ay sa contruction ng fence sa aking bahay, maliit lamang pero nakatulong na rin sa akin ang OWWA. I’ll share you a little about OWWAs OFW reintegration program.
OWWA has already an existing livelihood program for returning OFWs who don’t want to work abroad again. This program is a joint undertaking of OWWA and National Livelihood Support Fund (NLSF). The program helps OFWs to become an entrepreneur when they decide to return into the mainstream of our society. It is not just only for individuals but also to organizations. Possible business opportunities are 1) general merchandise and buy and sell, groceries etc. 2) repair shops, carenderia, parlors etc., 3) Meat and fruit processing etc 4) agri-business.
All OFWs and their dependents can avail for a loan, all you need to do is to visit OWWA Regional office near in your area. I advice you na sa ngayon palang na andito ka, papuntahin mo na ang member ng iyong pamilya or asawa para magtanong sa mga kailangan kung paano maka avail sa loan para sa pag uwi mo handa ka na sa iyong gagawin.
If ever you’re residing Laguna, instruct your family members to visit ATIKHA in San Pablo, Laguna. This NGO or Non-government organization helps OFW and OFW family members in determining viable business in your area. They will give training and assist you to start the operation. If you have time please visit this site: http://www.atikha.org/index.php
Good luck and please share this message to our fellow OFWs.
Salamat sa pagbisita.
P.S. To my readers and fellow OFW, I just want to share with you a Video taken at ATIKHA web site. The title of this Video is “Migrants’ children struggle with absence of loved ones.”
I was invited yesterday to witness the mass induction of the newly set of officers, members and promoted Karate belters of the Black Python Martial Arts Association, Inc.! CONGRATULATIONS!
OFW Congress-Riyadh President, Alex Veloso Bello was present to induct the officers along with OFWC Executive Council Member Engr. Faizal Sharque. The induction rites was held at a resort yesterday October 1, 2010.
The association was organized in Year 1998 and registered as Filipino Community partner of the Philippine Embassy/POLO/OWWA in Year 2000. BPMA is also registered with Securities and Exchange Commission. It was founded by 7th Dan Black Belter “Boy Macion.” The main headquarter of the group is in Hinundayan, Souther Leyte.
The mass induction was also highlighted with kata’s and karate combat and judo exhibitions. Parlor games and gift giveaways contributed to the joyous occasion.
I would like to thank BPMA Grandmaster and Founder “Boy Macion” and officers for the certificate of appreciation they presented to the blogger during the ceremony. BPMA is always a partner of KAKAMPI-KSA and OFW Congress in many community activities since the 1990 up to present.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is a Philippine government agency tasked with the care, protection and assistance of Overseas Filipino Workers. Its policies have a tremendous impact on the lives of millions of Filipinos working overseas and the families they leave behind.
With the new Aquino administration, there is a need for a review of the OWWA, its failures and successes, adherence to the regulations and implementation of needed reforms. Part of this reform is the creation of a new OWWA Board. This petition is to request President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, to consider the appointment of Francisco “Jun” Aguilar to the Board of the OWWA.
Francisco “Jun” Aguilar had spent thirteen years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as an Overseas Filipino Worker from 1985 to 1998. He worked at the King Abdulaziz Military Academy as a technical analyst and later moved to the National Industrialization Company. As an OFW, he was witness to the distressed situations of Filipino workers whom he assisted as best as he could. It was an experience that will influence his unwavering dedication to improve the lives of the Filipino workers.
Upon returning to the Philippines in 1998, he formed the Filipino Migrant Workers Group, a principled recruitment agency. This is the only agency that does not charge a placement fee from applicants. He also encouraged savings and investment programs for the Overseas Filipino Workers and their families for their retirement and re-integration. He volunteers numerous hours on social-civic-political advocacies.
Mr. Aguilar’s experiences as a former Overseas Filipino Worker, a recruitment agency owner and as a humanitarian worker provide him with the appropriate know-how and mindset that will guide him as a progressive Board member. He can articulate on the perspectives of the workers, recruiters as well as clients and, therefore, effectively assist with the policy making of OWWA. With a proven track record of leadership, commitment and dedication to public service, he is the voice of the Overseas Filipino Workers.
We, therefore, request the newly elected Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and his administration to appoint Francisco “Jun” Aguilar on the board of OWWA because of his merits. More importantly, his guiding principles exemplify those of the current administration with its mantra of change.
It is about time that a true bloodied OFW will be a given a hand to represent OFW Sector (land-based) in the OWWA Board, please sign the PETITION.
To know more about Engr. Francisco “Jun” Aguilar click here >>>>>
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People Power Volunteer Center “Voters Education”
MARIBOJOC, Bohol–THE explorer Pigafetta would have chosen this town over Mactan had it already sported a Hollywood-like sign on its mountain ranges.
But had this town did, it may have attracted not only Pigafetta –desperate to escape after his and Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet was pummeled in the Battle of Mactan– but also other explorers who may know only Bohol because of its famed chocolate hills.
That is ultimately what this project hopes to accomplish, according to mayor Leoncio Evasco: to lure back its former residents, or at least their resources, from abroad.
Evasco said he has secured commitment from the Maribojoc Association USA to construct a Maribojoc billboard —similar to what Hollywood in Los Angeles, USA, has— on the side of the mountain range that faces the Maribojoc Bay.
Evasco is the man behind such project that, he said, aims to raise tourism receipts and attract investors in his town, a five-minute ride northwest of Bohol’s capital city of Tagbilaran.
Evasco said he’s starting with Maribojocanons overseas as a target market.
“We want to raise awareness to the returning Maribojocanons about the town that they left, of what it has become today, and of the values and people that were lost here.”
Evasco spoke to the OFW Journalism Consortium last month to promote the project, which will be announced during the annual town fiesta on May 5.
The fiesta is the highlight of a town-wide reunion from April 10 to July 31 called Balik Maribojoc.
Aside from announcing the construction of the Hollywood-like sign, the reunion aims to showcase some of Maribojoc’s tourist spots.
One of this is Punta Cruz, Bohol’s remaining watch tower, which deterred Spanish pirates during the 19th century.
Punta Cruz is also symbolic for overseas Filipinos and their families in Maribojoc since it is here where the germ for the town’s version of diaspora philanthropy was seeded.
PUNTA Cruz is a historic site for the informal, town-wide group of families of overseas Filipinos who meet in this triangular, sturdy structure almost every month.
The last gathering in October of over-300 families affirmed Evasco’s belief in the possibility of tapping OFWs as source of social investment.
People just kept coming and the seats were not enough. Municipal government employee James Mabilin, then manning the entrance of the watch tower compound, couldn’t stop the influx.
The organizers said they expected representatives of only 200 migrant families.
Seafarers waiting for their next contract bankrolled lechon (roasted pig). College-schooled children of overseas Maribojocanons hosted parlor games around the grassy complex.
Amazed at the turnout, Evasco said he donated P5,000 for additional cash prizes for the parlor games.
“We never had this kind of a crowd, coming from OFWs [and their families] in our town,” Evasco said.
Still, those who joined the gathering represented only half of the total 742 overseas workers and emigrants from this town of 18,133 people.
The figure is based on Mabilin’s census of families with dependents and relatives abroad in Maribojoc’s 22 upland, lowland, and coastal villages.
While only half were represented in that gathering last year, it failed to dampen the spirit of Virginia Alindajao, 48, wife of an electrician in Saudi Arabia since 1993.
“I never realized that we OFWs and OFW families,” she said in Tagalog, “are just around waiting to get ourselves together.”
Alindajao is also one of the organizers of Punta Cruz Environmental Organization.
When the buzzword of forming an OFW group swept Maribojoc, she signed up.
Alindajao’s euphoria was shared by Laura Manuta, mayor Evasco’s sister and a former nurse in Germany and in Saudi Arabia.
Manuta is also a volunteer nurse for the Holy Cross Parish’s medical clinic since retiring in 1997.
She’s also president of the land-based OFW family circle group called the Maribojoc Land-based Migrant Workers and Beneficiaries Association.
On the other hand, the Maribojoc Seafarers and Beneficiaries Association has the town’s agricultural officer, seaman’s wife Eva Bolasco, as its head.
THE stronghold of Maribojoc’s OFW population, Mabilin told the OFW Journalism Consortium, is not the remittances plowing into the town, estimated to be between P52 to 84 million annually.
It is the OFW townmates’ alayon (bayanihan in Tagalog, or community spirit), Mabilin said.
Last December, the groups recommended foregoing a town-wide Christmas party to donate school supplies and slippers to children in the town’s poorest village of Candavid.
Filipino migration-and-development analysts have remarked the potential of luring the resources and bayanihan spirit of overseas Filipinos and their families right in the migrants’ rural hometowns.
Evasco and the OFW family circles that his office, the Municipal Manpower Development and Placement Office, facilitated to organize are seeking to make that spirit transform the town into an economic paradise.
Currently a fourth-class municipality whose income in 2008 was P61.358 million, this sleepy town lacked jobs, forcing some middle-class residents go to the provincial capital of Tagbilaran City, the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao (like Evasco himself) and Manila, and overseas.
Overseas Maribojocanons’ remittances that pass by the town’s only two pawnshops, as well as banks and money transfer outfits in Tagbilaran City (some 14 kilometers from Maribojoc), are the single biggest economic drivers of Maribojoc, says Evasco.
The lack of vibrant economic activities apart from retail trade, fishing, and farming made Maribojoc a fifth-class municipality previously.
“Nothing wrong if you go elsewhere,” two-year mayor Evasco recalled telling some Maribojocanons during casual conversations, “but come back home and bring with you the ideas and experience you learned elsewhere.”
Maybe after the Hollywood-like sign facing the sea, some would mimic Pigafetta’s journey but not accidentally landing in this town whose name was taken from a pine tree named “Malabojoc”.
by JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO ( OFW Journalism Consortium)
ABB-SA Employees donates P121,612 for flood Ondoy victims in Philippines
By Bong Amora
RIYADH, 5 January 2010 – ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri) Electrical Industries Co. Ltd., Saudi Arabia employees has proven once again that colors, cultures, beliefs, languages and nations are not hindrance in time of unity and communal effort helping those in needs. ABB or ASEA Brown Boveri is the leading power and automation group in the world.
ABB-SA employees announced yesterday through Mr. Roland Suarez, ABB-SA QA Administrator who is currently in Manila that it has donated P121,612.00 to the victims of typhoon Ondoy in the Philippines.
Philippines was struck by a historic typhoon in September of last year putting over 26 provinces under a state of calamity. Some 80% of Manila was submerged, displacing 450,000 people. More than 120,000 are now still in makeshift shelters. The historic 85 kph typhoon “Ondoy” surpassed the highest 24-hour rainfall in June 1967 in Metro Manila.
The cash donation contributed by ABB-SA employees initiated by Filipino employees led by Mr. Alex Veloso Bello of ABB-SA Purchasing Department was handed to SAGIP Kapamilya of ABS-CBN Foundation last December 22, 2009.
Bello in his thank you email message to ABB-SA employees particularly to fellow Filipinos said “Typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng probably one of the worst natural calamities to hit our country, ruined a lot of things but not the Filipino spirit.” Bello is also the President of Overseas Filipino Workers Congress-Riyadh.
“Once again, we would like to thanks our ABB pinoys and to our non-Filipino colleagues/ boss/ friends, we thank you Sirs for giving Filipinos space in your heart. “ Bello added.
ABB-SA and its hundreds of employees mostly professional Filipino electrical engineers are always committed helping the country in time of calamities. ABB-SA employees were one of the biggest donors during the 2006 Philippine Landslide that hit Guinsaugon, Leyte where only 139 bodies have been retrieved and 973 remained missing and believed buried up to now beneath tons of mud. ABB-SA alone collected almost P 100,000.00 for the victims of one of the nation’s worst disaster ever experienced. The Filipino community around Riyadh collected a total of P 204,740 intended for the survivors and families of the victims. (click Philippine Landslide Survivors Get Donation From Riyadh Community)
Like so many Filipino migrants forced abroad, away from loved ones and sending remittances to keep Philippine economy afloat, the spirit of oneness (bayanihan) remains in Filipinos heart forever in times of needs.
The ABB-SA employees hope that their donations contribute in a small way to a happier New Year 2010.
To our friends and co-employees in different nationalities and cultures in the Kingdom, the more partnership, cooperation and solidarity, the further we are to a new world where there is an equality, peace, unity and justice. – Bong A.
Press Release (7 October 2009)
Filipino Community and their Organizations in Saudi Eastern Region united for a common cause: Gathering relief goods, cash for typhoon victims
Different Filipino Organizations in Al Khobar, Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, have gathered yesterday night at Al Andalus International School to assess how far they have gone since first meeting on September 28, 2009 as a response to the call made by Migrante-Middle East to initiate a donation drive for typhoon “Ondoy” victims.
“The outpouring of support from OFWs in all professions is overwhelming; every participating organization had brought their own share of donations, in cash and in kind –a manifestation that helping the victims of typhoon is every body’s business, and so we did,” said Gerry de Guzman, Migrante-Al Khobar Chapter Secretary-General.
Last night Filipino Community leaders’ meeting was facilitated by Labor Attache David Des Dicang.
Aside from Migrante-Al Khobar, the following organizations were also present: Bulakenyo Community, Eastern Region OFW Congress, AFSCOM, Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity, Al-Andalos School (Teachers & Staff), the Filipino Pop (Filipino Pop Music Association) under Dr. Molina, Worley Parsons Co. Filipino Employees, Dammam Med. Tower, PAGASA Association, GUARDIANS Eastern Region Association, AAIS association, Dubaib & Sulaim Co. Filipino Employees, ABQIAQ community, JAL, SI Samahang Ilocano, PSME association, IECEP association, UFBF association, RASA association, Filipino Bowlers association, Ras Tanura Fil. Com. Association, ROFNA Bowling Association, ASOC association, RC Parishioners, Mrs. Mary Jane Tupaz, Dr. Ronaldo Molina, and the Social Development and Aid Organization (SDAO).
The meeting was attended by more than 80 OFW leaders.
“The cash on hand collected by the council and Filipino Community leaders as at 6:00p.m. October 4, 2009 is 31,978 (Thirty One Thousand nine hundred seventy eight) Saudi Riyal, while there are already 57 boxes of goods at the warehouse of Al-Andalus International School as reported,” de Guzman added.
The Filipino Community leaders agreed to cut the donations drive until October 10, 2009; cash donations will be remitted in the afternoon of October 10 as well as the boxes of goods.
The Filipino Community leaders have agreed to send their donations to the Local Government Units (LGUs) through its local Social welfare and development offices.
“We have indentified the most affected areas as recipient of the donations we have gathered like Cainta, Antipolo, San Mateo in Rizal Province, Dinalupihan in Bataan, Marikina and Pasig in Manila,” said Rod “Choie” De Leon, Migrante-Al Khobar Chairperson.
De Leon said it was agreed by the Filipino Community coordinating council that in order to be transparent in the distribution of their donation the POLO-Eastern Region will officially endorse Migrante International to be witness and could monitor the actual distribution of goods to the intended beneficiaries in every recipient LGUs.
“We have also asked POLO-Eastern Region to communicate with the Bureau of Customs not to confiscate the boxes of relief goods once it reaches the Philippines so that its distribution by the recipient LGUs could take effect without delay,” De leon added.
Migrante-Al Khobar had also get the consensus of the Filipino Community leaders to conduct a symposium on Migrants Rights and Welfare, and Human Rights activity on December 2009, Blood Letting Program and Fun Run for a cause, right after the donations drive for typhoon victims. – end –