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Massive Fingerprinting of Expats Begins

Massive Fingerprinting of Expats Begins

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7 Feb. 2009/Diraiyah, Riyadh

Saudi Government through its Director General of the Passport Department are now  implementing finger-printing on all migrant workers here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This massive fingerprinting of expatriates begins today 7 February, 2009 at Saudi Oger, Diraiyah compound.

The order from the Passport Department is to strengthen its internal security measures against terrorist activities and infiltration;  crimes such as drug smuggling, manufacturing and alcohol use, visa forgery, immoral act and back door activities where undocumented expatriates were able to flee the country despite of police and court pending cases.

Although the order was already issued last year but authorities are now on its massive implemention stage. Today thousands of expatriates including Filipinos from various companies in Riyadh arrived at Diraiyah where the fingerprinting and photos of expatriates were taken at Saudi Oger compound.  

According to the interior ministry security experts substantial increase in crimes involving foreigners  were reported. Mandatory fingerprinting will help solve crimes and prevent those expats or foreigners with criminal backgrounds to return the country with false names or new identity. The system will uncover their presence upon entering the country’s air and sea ports. According to an Immigration official, “this could also prevent expatriates to leave the country using backdoor facilities”.  

The finger-printing requirement was already implemented to new expatriates coming in the Kingdom and former expatriates with new employer.

The system is now being implemented in the airport Immigration upon arrival of foreigners  to work in the country.

OFW Congress an organization of Filipino Community leaders in Riyadh, advocating OFW issues and concerns are worried about undocumented OFWs, overstaying, stranded  and ran away OFWs roaming around the four corners of the Kingdom.  Engr. Faisal Sharque of OFWC said “the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Consulates must be ready to help and protect its nationals and to house undocumented OFWs  that will surely ask for their assistance”.  

In King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology-KACST, a Government institution provide buses to their expatriate employees going to Diraiyah, Saudi Oger compound in compliance to the order.

“Philippine Embassy officials should act as early as possible and invite Filipino Community organizations to a meeting where  proactive solution to the problem must be acted upon before the jails of the Kingdom will be congested with Overseas Filipino Workers” a member organization of OFW Congress said.    

Exclusive Report by: Aiman Ahmad

Exemplary Filipino

Dr. Rusty Balderian  has been featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer with the title of “Doc Shares Blessings with Leyte Youth”  published on November 8, 2008.

Tabon Tabon, Leyte Mayor Rusty Balderian

Tabon Tabon, Leyte Mayor Rusty Balderian

This is a story of a young man from a family which owned a sari sari store in the town of Tabontabon, Leyte who practically supported himself as a working student to become an optometrist and a physician.  He went to the United States and run several successful businesses. 
 
In 2003 he went back to his hometown and opened a school for nursing.  Out of the initial enrollment of 153 only 60 graduated due to the requirement to maintain an average grade of 2 with no grade in any subject lower than 2.5.  Out
of the 60 graduates only 57 took the nursing licensure examination and out of the 57 who took the nursing licensure examination 52 passed making his school the highest in the number of graduates passing the examination in the region and the ninth in the whole country.
 

At present there are 648 students and all are 100% scholars with free use of the dormitory. This is what makes the school unique. Parents are required to work in the school for 8 hours a day. The other requirement is for graduates to pass the Philippine board examination and the NFLEX and work in the U.S. When they start working they are required to send $1000.00 a month to their parents. This amount, Dr. Balderian believes, will be spent in the community by building better homes which in turn will provide jobs for local people and multiplier effect on the local economy of the town.
 
What makes Dr. Balderian so exemplary? 
 
1. His own passion to secure education and be successful in business

2. His desire to help his community by sharing his success and offering scholarship to the youth of his town

3. His vision, creativeness and innovativeness in creating a unique school that will improve the economy of his town and help the poor while encouraging the youth to seek higher education that will qualify them to work abroad.

4. His superb administrative ability to manage a school and run a town as mayor with passion for progress and help his town as the driving force that can only end up in success.

5. His ambitiousness and courage to start something that has never been done before (school of nursing offering full scholarship to each student)

6. Despite his successful business in the U.S.A. he still went back to the homeland to start helping his town and its people. 

This is why I am anxious to share this information that he may serve as a model and inspiration for all of us.  We need more people like him.

By: Bart Saucelo

PhilEmb Advisory re: OAV Continuing Registration

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Ang Tunay na OFW

Hindi mayaman ang OFW – We have this notion na ‘pag OFW o nasa abroad ay mayaman na. Hindi totoo yun. A regular OFW might earn from P50K-P300K per month depende sa lokasyon. Yung mga taga-Saudi or US siguro ay mas malaki ang sweldo, but to say that they’re rich is a fallacy (amen!).

Malaki ang pangangailangan kaya karamihan ay nag-a-abroad. Maraming bunganga ang kailangang pakainin kaya umaalis ang mga pipol sa Philippines . Madalas, 3/4 o kalahati ng sweldo ay napupunta sa tuition ng anak at gastusin ng pamilya.

Mahirap maging OFW – Kailangan magtipid hangga’t kaya. Oo, masarap ang pagkain sa abroad pero madalas na paksiw o adobo at itlog lang tinitira para makaipon. Pagdating ng kinsenas o katapusan, ang unang tinitingnan eh ang conversion ng peso sa dollar o rial o euro. Mas okay na magtiis sa konti kaysa gutumin ang pamilya. Kapag umuuwi, kailangan may baon kahit konti kasi maraming kamag-anak ang sumusundo sa airport o naghihintay sa probinsya. Alam mo naman ‘pag Pinoy, yung tsismis na OFW ka eh surely attracts a lot of kin.

Kapag hindi mo nabigyan ng pasalubong eh magtatampo na yun at sisiraan ka na. Well, hindi naman lahat pero I’m sure sa mga OFW dito eh may mga pangyayaring ganun. Magtatrabaho ka sa bansang iba ang tingin sa mga Pinoy. Malamang marami ang naka-experience ng gulang o discrimination to their various workplaces. Sige lang, tiis lang, iniiyak na lang kasi kawawa naman pamilya ‘pag umuwi.

Besides, wala ka naman talagang maasahang trabaho sa Philippines ngayon. Mahal ang bigas, ang gatas, ang sardinas, ang upa sa apartment. Tiis lang kahit maraming kupal sa trabaho, kahit may sakit at walang nag-aalaga, kahit hindi masarap ang tsibog, kahit pangit ang working conditions, kahit delikado, kahit mahirap. Kapag nakapadala ka na, okay na, tawag lang, “hello! kumusta na kayo?”.

Hindi bato ang OFW – Tao rin ang OFW, hindi money o cash machine. Napapagod rin, nalulungkot (madalas), nagkakasakit, nag-iisip at nagugutom. Kailangan din ang suporta, kundi man physically, emotionally o spiritually man lang.

Tumatanda rin ang OFW – Sa mga nakausap at nakita ko, marami ang panot at kalbo na. Most of them have signs and symptoms of hypertension, coronary artery disease and arthritis. Yet, they continue to work thinking about the family they left behind. Marami ang nasa abroad, 20-30 years na, pero wala pa ring ipon. Kahit anong pakahirap, sablay pa rin. Masakit pa kung olats rin ang sinusuportahang pamilya – ang anak adik o nabuntis; ang asawa may kabit. Naalala ko tuloy ang sikat na kanta dati, “NAPAKASAKIT KUYA EDDIE!”

Bayani ang OFW – Totoo yun! Ngayon ko lang na na-realize na bayani ang OFW sa maraming bagay. Hindi bayani na tulad ni Nora Aunor o Flor Contemplacion. Bayani in the truest sense of the word. Hindi katulad ni Rizal o Bonifacio. Mas higit pa dun, mas maraming giyera at gulo ang pinapasok ng OFW para lang mabuhay. Mas maraming pulitika ang kailangang suungin para lang tumagal sa trabaho lalo na’t kupal ang mga kasama sa trabaho. Mas mahaba ang pasensya kaysa sa mga ordinaryong kongresista o senador sa Philippines dahil sa takot na mawalan ng sweldo.

Matindi ang OFW – Matindi ang pinoy. Matindi pa sa daga, o cockroaches which survived the cataclysmic evolution. Maraming sakripisyo pero walang makitang tangible solutions or consequences.

Malas ng OFW, swerte ng pulitiko – Hindi umuupo ang OFW para magbigay ng autograph o interbyuhin ng media (unless nakidnap!). Madalas nasa sidelines lang ang OFW. Kapag umaalis, malungkot and on the verge of tears. Kapag dumadating, swerte ‘pag may sundo( madalas meron). Kapag naubos na ang ipon, wala ng kamag-anak.

Sana sikat ang OFW para may boses sa Kamara. Ang swerte ng mga politiko nakaupo sila at ginagastusan ng pera ng Filipino. Hindi nga sila naiinitan o napapaso ng langis, o napagagalitan ng amo, o kumakain ng paksiw para makatipid, o nakatira sa compound with conditions less than favorable, o nakikisama sa ibang lahi para mabuhay. Ang swerte, sobrang swerte nila.

Matatag ang OFW – Matatag ang OFW, mas matatag pa sa sundalo o kung ano pang grupo na alam nyo. Magaling sa reverse psychology, negotiations at counter-attacks. Tatagal ba ang OFW? Tatagal pa kasi hindi pa natin alam kailan magbabago ang Philippines , kailan nga kaya? o may tsansa pa ba?

Masarap isipin na kasama mo ang pamilya mo araw-araw. Nakikita mo mga anak mong lumalaki at naaalagaan ng maayos. Masarap kumain ng sitaw, ng bagoong, lechon, inihaw na isda, taba ng talangka. Masarap manood ng pelikulang Pinoy, luma man o bago. Iba pa rin ang pakiramdam kung kilala mo ang kapitbahay mo. Iba pa rin sa Philippines, iba pa rin kapag Pinoy ang kasama mo (except ‘pag kupal at utak-talangka), iba pa rin ‘pag nagkukwento ka at naiintindihan ng iba ang sinasabi mo. Iba pa rin ang tunog ng “mahal kita!”, “day, ginahigugma tika.” “Mingaw na ko nimo ba, kalagot!”, ” Inday, diin ka na subong haw? ganahan guid ko simo ba”. Iba pa rin talaga.

Sige lang, tiis lang, saan ba’t darating din ang pag-asa.

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The Paintings of Gene Loyola

“Realisms  not only a detailed of drawing and composition or form of  colors, temperature warmness, cool define and abstract of element that we feel and see in our naked eye  but this is the concrete essence of  Truth  that conquered  the wholeness of reality”

Gene Villaflor de Loyola

"Nena" Artist : Gene Villaflor de Loyola

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gene Villaflor de Loyola born on September 10, 1956 in Naga City, Camarines Sur, and Philippines.He is the second of eight children of a World War II Veteran Osmundo B. de Loyola Sr. and Leonida V. Villaflor. Married to Teresita A. Dequina of Roxas City. They have four lovely daughters who are all inclined to arts. The eldest Racquel, second is Maan, third is Soraya and the youngest is Clarissa.

 

Gene started drawing at a tender age of four. When he was six years old, he was introduced by his Father to Mr. Broulio Roman Dayao, who happened to be their neighbor in Frisco, Quezon City. Mr. Dayao, is a graduate of UP Fine arts, He is a very good artist doing landscape and portraiture. De Loyola was so impressed with the maestro that almost everyday from school, he would proceeds to the studio of Mr. Dayao to watch him paint. He was so impressed with the paintings that one day he requested the maestro to teach him, and the artist was more than willing share his knowledge of the arts. He was tough first how to use watercolors and other mediums. At age 7 the first oil painting that he did was copy of Russian scientist of a known Russian master, which belongs to a collection of Hermitage Leningrad Museum.

To read more about the artist click link : “The Paintings of Gene Loyola”  @ Anita’s Kitchen

words to remember

s56799103571_4780To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

U.S. Pres. Barack Hussein Obama

 

 

Obama’s victory and today’s  inauguration are great moments of another important U.S. history. Personally Yes! I am pleased very much with the outcome of the just concluded U.S. Presidential election. It is a big victory and a bigger challenge to American people. We are hoping that he (Obama) may have a positive outlook foreign policy especially in the Middle East. – Manuel A. Amora
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Who is Reynato S. Puno

Who is  Reynato Puno?

jpunoChief Justice Reynato S. Puno A MAN OF LAW, prose and religion, Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno exemplifies the modern Filipino intellectual.

His words have always had a profound effect on his readers. In describing Chief Justice Puno’s mastery of pen, a colleague wrote:

 Like a trained surgeon, he uses his pen with laser-like precision to separate and excise fabrication from truth and pretension from reality. In the process, he gives life to populist causes and libertarian ideals. Daring, gutsy, and erudite, he – like Justice Holmes – oftentimes wages lonely battles against conventional wisdom with his stirring dissents and insightful opinions. (Panganiban, Justice and Faith, p. 142)

He began to display his writing prowess in school by winning the much coveted editorship of the University of the Philippines’ Philippine Collegian in 1961. While in law school, he served as Chairman of the Law Register, and Recent Documents Editor of the Philippine Law Journal of the UP College of Law. In recognition of his campus leadership, he was given the Outstanding Award for Excellence and Leadership by the Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity for the years 1960, 1961 and 1962.

 In 1962, Chief Justice Puno obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of the Philippines (UP). In 1966, he went to the United States for his post-graduate studies. He was a grantee of a full scholarship given by the Academy of American Law for a degree of Master of Comparative Laws at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He was also awarded full scholarship by the Walter Perry Johnson Foundation for a degree of Master of Laws at the University of California in Berkeley, California. He was also given a tuition scholarship by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, from where he finished all academic requirements for the degree of Doctor of Juridical Science Degree. He was given the Doctor of Humanities degree (honoris causa) by the Philippine Wesleyan Univeristy in 1994. Justice Puno finished the degree of Master of Comparative Laws with high honors and as valedictorian of a class consisting of 23 graduate scholars from various parts of the world.

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Christening of Manuel Dane “Andrew” Amora

I and my wife Minda (Vi) would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude to our Kumpare(s) and Kumare(s)  re: Christening of our son Manuel Dane “Andrew” Amora last December 21, 2008 at Sacred Heart Parish Church and Patio Isabel Filipino Resto, Cebu City.

 

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Manuel Dane Amora

Manuel Dane Amora

Sacred Heart Parish Church

Sacred Heart Parish Church

Back (Ninongs) - Tabon Tabon, Leyte Mayor Rusty Baderian, Davao City COuncilor Peter Lavina, Mr. Loreto Bantaran, Mr. Alex Veloso Bello, Atty. Fred Pamaos (Front) Ms. Ma. Carmen Salidadia, Mrs. Gina Parona, our daughter Angel, My Wife and Dane, Sis inlaw Mimi Amora & Former Mandaue City Vice Mayor Noel Soon

Back (Ninongs) - Tabon Tabon, Leyte Mayor Rusty Baderian, Davao City Councilor Peter Lavina, Mr. Loreto Bantaran, Mr. Alex Veloso Bello, Atty. Fred Pamaos (Front) Ms. Ma. Carmen Salidadia, Mrs. Gina Parona, our daughter Angel, My Wife and Dane, Sis inlaw Mimi Amora & Former Mandaue City Councilor/Vice Mayor Noel "Kiwi" Soon

 

(L-R) Mr. Kim and  Mrs. Fe Gimarino-Kim (Outstanding Overseas Filipino 2008 Presidential Awardee - Banaag Category)

(L-R) Mr. Kim and Mrs. Fe Gimarino-Kim President-Filipino Korean Spouses Association & Global President-United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development (2008 Outstanding Overseas Filipino Presidential Awardee - Banaag Category), (next) Mrs. Merlita Amora and OFW Congress Pres. Alex Veloso Bello with wife Vangie Morden Bello

 Again to all of you my Kumare and Kumpare, THANK YOU SO MUCH! From the bottom of our heart.

*****
 Fairy Godmother
Anita Sese Schon
 
Godfather(s)
  1) Mr. Alex Veloso Bello
2) Dr. Lito Astillero   
3) Engr. Jun Aguilar
4) Engr. Ronnie Ulip  
5) Mr. Rolando Allas  
6) Mr. Antonio “Boboy” Arante 
7) Atty. Fred Pamaos
8) Councilor Pete Lavina
9) Mayor Roy Doyon
10) Mr. Pete Vicuna
11) Prof. Cesar Torres
12) Mayor Rusty Balderian
13) Mr. Julius Gregorio
14) Mr. Loreto Bantaran
15) Mr. Rommel Baguio 
16) Mr. Gin Sung Son
18) Mr. Jun Exclamador
19) Mr. Jerry Espinosa
20) Engr. Dong Come
  
Godmother(s)  
  1) Mrs. Fe Gimarino Kim 
2) Mrs. Susie Abenojar Barbiere
3) Mrs. Freda Contreras 
4) Miss Grace Cabactulan
5) Mrs. Agnes Bello Ong  
6) Ms. Malou Mariano
7) Mrs. Eden Tiu Gicum
8) Mrs. Gina Parona
9) Ms. Ma Carmen Salidadia
10) Ms. Cherry Mae Parba

The Dream for the Ages-II

THE DREAM FIGHT FOR THE AGES – PART II

THE DREAM FIGHT FOR THE AGES
(Pacman Schooled the Golden Boy)
by Doods A. Amora, PEE

The reality of the dream came in sweet…

But in the lurking shadows, a nightmare lingers not only for now, but for long in the stretch of unkind history…

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The Dream Fight for the Ages

THE DREAM FIGHT FOR THE AGES

Doods A. Amora, PEE
(December 1, 2008)

The World’s Most Exciting Boxer Vs. The Biggest Name in the Boxing World…!

December 7, 2008 will see another holiday in the Philippines. Unnerving, bloody and frightening – an ending of an episode I saw in my vision.

THE DREAM MISMATCH

In a few days from today, the actuality of the ‘dream match’ will soon unveil. Whether this reverie can live up to the golden platter of expectations as the media hype suggests, it could be the other way around. It could turn out to be fits of nightmare of a mismatch that will linger into the inner fancies of pundits in the so-called sweet science.

Oscar and Manny are living legends – they are top recipes to a dream date. But from the very beginning, the Pacquiao–Dela Hoya match has been seen as a bizarre concept, a morbid joke in fact.

Mismatch? Probably yes, maybe not… But then, that’s what makes the bout very interesting.


Albeit they are giga-champions, they don’t suppose to belong in the same circuit. Pacman is too small while Dela Hoya is obviously huge. Note that when Pacquiao had his 1995 light-flyweight debut as nobody in the boxing world, De La Hoya had already been preparing for his third defense of a lightweight title. In other words, while the Pacman was about to start tasting the impact of real fists camouflaged in leather, Dela Hoya had already been a world champion in two weight divisions. They were then 30 pounds apart; they were 30 pounds apart a few weeks ago when the match-up was announced!

Yet at a catch weight of 147 lbs, (the limit in the welterweight), the dream is about to become real. Manny has to climb up while Oscar to slide down from their respective weights. But Oscar has always been much bigger than Manny, and “it’s tricky to estimate or underestimate the end-effects on their respective physique even if both have to weigh no more than 147 pounds at the weigh-in time”, as one sports columnist said.

Will the pint-sized Pacquiao shock the intimidating frame and height of De La Hoya? On the other hand, can De La Hoya bulldoze & flatten his tiny opponent easily? The possibility that Pacquiao could be badly hurt has become a streaming denigration as the match was being pursued. Obvious as it is; the reach and height advantage, superior technical skills and overall ring savvy, made the odds favour immensely for a Dela Hoya victory!

IMMORTALITY
Immortalized in 44 fights (39-5 with 30 by KO’s), De La Hoya has defeated seventeen world champions (and former champions) and has won ten world titles in six different weight classes. From Lightweight (135 lbs) to Middleweight (160 lbs) range, Oscar had fought the best, the most fearsome and the biggest names in boxing in these weight divisions.

Pacquiao, (47-3-2, 35 KO’s) on the other hand, is a rampaging hurricane terrorizing the light-flyweight to lightweight divisions. Currently acknowledged as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, the Filipino fireball has likewise achieved his own immortality over lighter and smaller boxers. The southpaw piston has a number of truly astounding victories on his record, but then his last fight at 135 pounds was just where Oscar started.

Skepticism and intrigue have it that the match could be a making of a grand script – in a theatrical circus that is counter-productive to the sport. Highly marketable even in these financially beleaguered times, skeptics say the mismatch could only be for the money – and lots of it… mind boggling as it is.

Generating the richest payday & pay-per-view revenues, Oscar, the Golden Boy, has been dubbed as the most popular boxer in recent history. De La Hoya, the only guy capable today of drawing at least 500,000 pay-per-view buys regardless of who the opponent is. But Pacquiao is the most exciting fighter in the world – he too has his own PPV following. A De La Hoya victory means more profitable work schedules at least for one year more. A Pacquiao victory means the end of Oscar’s mega-buck heydays and eventually his retirement as a prize-fighter.

But Filipinos love to play underdog. Trusted by his countrymen to crush Oscar, the guy Pacquaio outmatched in size, weight, height and reach; it would be pleasant to see how the diminutive countryman beat one of the best in the heavier divisions. Note that ODLH happens to be the biggest name in the sport. Beating Oscar will put the Pacman on top of the world!

Pacquaio had already surpassed Elorde’s achievements when he successfully grabbed the WBC Lightweight World Championship past David Diaz via a stunning knock-out. Now, it would be more than stardom. It would be for the more grandeur in the chronicles to come by future generations.

In the meantime, Pacquiao must have been honored to have with him Dela Hoya in the ring. In Pacquiao, the challenge to overcome the bigger challenge must have been the other motivation. On the other hand, Oscar, wanting an explosive performance prior to his eventual exit, chose the best of today’s fighters in a smaller & beatable Manny Pacquiao. To Oscar, Pacquiao fits the qualification perfectly.

CAN OUR PACMAN DO IT..?

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Loan Assistance to OFWs

Loan Assistance Package to OFW's

Loan Assistance Package to OFW

The Days to Remember – Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 1998

The Days to Remember – Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 1998
by: OFW Congress-Riyadh

10 years ago, on November 27 and December 4, 1998, elections were held at the OWWA Center to select the 21 Executive Council members from among 78 duofwc-logoly-registered candidates. The Committee on Elections, consisting of the Philippine Embassy staff, supervised the election that was perceived by the community to have been free and honest.

It was a defining community experience when some 8,000 OFWs gathered to express their right of suffrage. (Many other compatriots were unable to vote because the OWWA Center could not accommodate the great number of people who gathered then.) Who would have imagined that we could hold such an exercise free of the goons, gold and guns so pervasive at home?

Former Consul Jesus Gary S. Domingo (now Minister, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, Geneva), who was chairman of the COMELEC, likened it “to a blooming in full of a flower in the middle of the desert, born under the most trying of conditions. It was unprecedented, an achievement that prides us all to say that we can hold such clean, free and honest election. It yielded us a rich harvest of goodwill and allowed us to look forward as a community united in our efforts to promote our common good.”

He cited further the parallelism between the OFW Congress and the Malolos Congress.

“The Malolos Congress established a government to unify the many islands of the country. The OFW Congress a hundred years later was born as a step in the struggle of overseas Filipinos to become part of the bigger Philippine society, to become a true and active partner in nation building, even while in the state of diaspora.”

On December 11, 1998, the inaugural session of the Congress was then held at the Philippine embassy grounds in Riyadh. As the first-ever deliberative assembly of OFWs in Saudi Arabia, and possibly elsewhere, the Congress served as the highlighting event of the Filipino community’s celebration of December as the OFW Month.

On January 14, 1999, at the Philippine Embassy, the Executive Council selected its officers and assigned portfolios to the Council members.

The Executive Council known as the EXECON convened a CONCOM (Constitutional Commission) who adopted and promulgated its Constitution and By-Laws.

On March 15, 1999 the OFW CONGRESS was formally established and promulgated its Constitution and By-Laws.

The structure of the OFW Congress definitely allows participation of organizations and individuals community-wide. In fact, the OFW Congress, through its General Assembly, is the forum for which organizations can discuss and resolve issues of common concern. The General Assembly has passed a number of resolutions and advocates OFW Issues and concerns.

Organizations, leaders and members alike, are welcome to participate in both the Central Committee and the General Assembly, for the common good, the rights and welfare of fellow OFWs. No matter if we are all volunteers to the tasks, our greater vision is to seek a better place under the sun for OFWs and their families in a progressive Philippines.

In Article II, Section 1 of its Constitution and By-Laws states the following:

The OFW Congress recognizes the enactment of Republic Act No. 8042 known as the Migrant Workers and Overseas Act of 1995. It shall therefore, act as partners of the State in the protection of Filipino migrant workers and in the promotion of their welfare. Towards this end, the organization shall plan, initiate, advocate, and spearhead the drafting, lobbying, passage of motions, measures, resolutions and position papers on vital issues affecting the rights, welfare and economic well being of the OFW’s.

10 Years Ago – Nov. 27 to Dec. 4, 1998 “The Days to Remember”.

More Power!

Election Result

Election Result

The Election

The Election

Megaworld’s Overseas Marketing Network

Megaworld’s Overseas Marketing Network, the Global Marketing Arm of MEGAWORLD CORPORATION, the country’s leading developer of residential Condominiums is here in Saudi Arabia for a two weeks tour in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar. They will present to OFWs their latest condominium projects in Metro Manila areas and nearby provinces.

Megaworld Project Presentation

Megaworld Project Presentation

The Attendees

The Attendees

Megaworld Asst. Marketing Manager and Training Manager Mr. Gerald Bito together with Megaworld Business Development Consultant Mr. Danilo Madlansacay, showed to interested OFWs various Megaworld Projects. It was emphasized during the presentation held at Dajen Restaurant Auditorium, the transformation of the Metro Manila landscape through a series of large-scale residential and office developments including urban centers integrating office, residential and commercial components.

Marketing Associates Engr. Willy Morden and ERnie S. Perez with Megaworld Asst. Marketing Manager and Training Manager Mr. Gerald Bito

Marketing Associates Engr. Willy Morden and ERnie S. Perez with Megaworld Asst. Marketing Manager and Training Manager Mr. Gerald Bito

William R. Jao of WRJ Forwarders with Megaworld Business Development Consultant Mr. Danilo Madlansacay

William R. Jao of WRJ Forwarders with Megaworld Business Development Consultant Mr. Danilo Madlansacay

Alex Veloso Bello was appointed Megaworld Overseas Marketing Manager in Riyadh and WRJ Forwarders owned by William R. Jao of Tubigon, Bohol is the Megaworld representative office in Riyadh.

To: Interested Overseas Filipinos, below are the list of Megaworld Projects.

HOUSE & LOT:

1. Laguna BelAir III/IV, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
2. Governor’s Hills, Gen. Trias, Cavite
3. Sunrise Hills, Dasmarinas, Cavite

CONDOMINIUMS:

1. California Garden Square, Mandaluyong City
2. Cambridge Village, Cainta Rizal
3. Eastwood Excelcior, Quezon City
4. Eastwood Parkview, Quezon City
5. One Orchard Road, Quezon City
6. Grand Eastwood Palazzo, Quezon City
7. Olympic Heights, Quezon City
8. Forbeswood Height, Makati City
9. Greenbelt Parkplace/Radisson, Makati City
10.Paeso Parkview, Makati City
11. The Bellagio, Makati City
12. Residential Resort Newport City, Pasay City
13.Manhattan Garden Square, Cubao Quezon City

For more Inquiry, please contact Manuel A. Amora (Riyadh-Megaworld Marketing Associate) at Mobile No. 0509797120 or 00966 509797120 or email addy: bongamora14@yahoo.com

Global Bisayan Entrepreneur (GLOBE) Multi Purpose Cooperative

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I was invited last Friday by William R. Jao, a fellow Boholano from Tubigon in a get together meeting of Global Bisayan Entrepreneur (GLOBE) Multi Purpose Cooperative.  GLOBE is a group of OFW’s hails from Visayas and Mindanao who collectively tightened the bonds of helping each other forming  a Cooperative that could ensure promising prospect when they decide to go home for good. They start the “banana” project where they market “Golden Saba” here in the Kingdom.    

The Primary objectives for which this Cooperative is formed are:   

a.   To encourage thrift and savings mobilization among the members for capital formation;

b.   To create funds in order to grant loans for productive and providential purposes to its members; 

c.   To encourage among members systematic production and planning;

d.   To provide goods and services and other requirements of the members;

e.   To develop business expertise and skills among its members;

f.   To engage in all forms of general and allied services needed to promote, protect and pursue the social and economic upliftment of its members; 

g.  To insure against losses of the members;

h.  To promote and advance the economic, social and economic educational status of the members; 

i.   To establish, own, lease or operate cooperative banks, cooperative wholesale and retail complexes, insurance and agricultural/industrial processing enterprises, and public markets;

j.  To coordinate and facilitate the activities of the cooperatives, and to undertake any and all other activities for the effective and efficient implementation of the provisions of Cooperative Code of The Philippines (RA 6938); 

 

GLOBE MEmbership Meeting

GLOBE MEmbership Meeting

 

During the meeting proper, we discussed the pros and cons of cooperativism where many OFW Cooperative groups formed by our fellow OFWs in the Kingdom fails to pursue the long term success of the Cooperative.  

It is important to identify the keys towards the success of its operation and understanding the causes of cooperative failures. 

It was also discussed during the meeting the importance how changes in various means of finance can affect member control and influence in their cooperative owned businesses in the near future.   

The Global Bisayan Entrepreneur (GLOBE) Multi Purpose Cooperative is duly registered with Cooperative Development Authority and all their members attended the Pre-Education Membership Seminar (PMES) conducted by the Overseas Filipino Workers Cooperative Council.  OFWCC is an umbrella organization of Cooperative based in Jeddah, KSA whose members are accredited CDA lecturer.  

To: William Jao, Romy Cometa, Rino Punay and to those I forgot the names, THANK You so much and see you this coming Friday. Mabuhay ang GLOBE!

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The Essence of Filipino Diaspora – Buhay Abroad Talaga

HAY BUHAY ABROAD TALAGA 
 
Akala ng mga tao na nasa Pilipinas kapag nasa DUBAI  ka akala nila madami ka ng pera ng langis. Ang totoo, madami kang utang, dahil credit card lahat ang gamit mo sa pagbili mo ng mga gamit mo. Kailangan mo gumamit ng credit card Kasi naubus na ang cash pinadala sa pinas, kase pag hindi ka nagpadala, iisipin nila nakalimutan mo na sila.
 
Akala nila mayaman ka at marami kang pera kasi buwan-buwan libo-libo padala mo walang palya at kapag pumalya iisipin nila baka nagbisyo ka na o may sinusustentuhang iba. Hindi nila alam food allowance na lang ang natitira sayo at pag kinulang pa umuutang pa at lista muna sa malapit na bakala.
 
Pag may okasyon sa pinas birthday, fiesta, anniversary, pasko, new year, at iba pa, padala ka agad panghanda sarap ng kainan nila, di nila alam ikaw tiyaga sa budget meal, kapsa, noodles o de lata at itlog na nakakabutlig na ng balat, hay naku!
 
Akala ni Tatay, Nanay, Ate, Kuya, anak, mga pamangkin at iba pa namumulot ka ng pera sa Dubai kada may problema text kaagad, kumusta sa una sa bandang huli kelangan ng ng pera! Hay naku…nakaka-alergic na ang text sa roaming puro gastos…minsan padala ka pa ng load! Load mo nga utang pa Pana! Hay naku bakit ba nauso pa yan dagdag gastos lang talaga at pag di ka pa reply aawayin ka pa!
 
Akala nila masarap maging OFW at tinatawag na bagong bayani…..naku mas masarap pa yong nasa pinas na sa katas ni bagong bayani ay syang umaani! Utang sa DUBAI lalong dumarami.
 
Akala nila masarap sa DUBAI di nila alam di ka na nga makauwi kasi roundtrip tiket kina-cash pa mapadala lang at ibayad sa utang.
 
Akala nila sosyal ka na kulay ng buhok mo uso pa at naka-highlight pa, di nila alam buhok mo namumuti na sa stress at problema at pag minalas pa nalalagas pa!
 
Akala nila masarap sa DUBAI kasi pag-uwi mo mestiso ka, maputi at mamula-mula ang balat mo, di nila alam babad ka sa opisina at kulong sa bahay mo dahil no choice ka, mga kapit bahay mo di mo kaano-ano, walang paki-alaman at kung lalabas ka sunog ang balat mo, init ng araw sobra!   
 
Akala nila mayaman ka na kase may kotse ka na. Di nila alam hulugan pa ito! Ang totoo, kapag hindi ka bumili ng kotse sa dubai maglalakad ka ng milya-milya sa ilalim ng init ng araw o kaya sa winter na kasama ang asawa mo dito sa dubai .. O kaya naman tiyaga kang mag -abang ng RTA Bus or Coaster na ubod ng babaho ng mga pasahero at pagbaba mo amoy putok ka na rin, grabe!  Walang jeepney, tricycle o padyak sa dubai .. madami mga indianao, Bangladesh na driver na ubod ng baho. Pag minalas ka paskitani na taxi driver na rapist pa!
  
Akala nila masaya ka kase nagpadala ka ng picture mo sa Burj Al Arab, Desert Safari, mall of emirates, Atlantis, Al Mamzar Beach,  at iba pang attractions. Ang totoo, kailangan mo ngumiti kase minsan minsan ka lang makakapicture para mapadala mo sa mga mahal mo sa buhay.
 
Akala nila malaki na ang kinikita mo kase dirham na sweldo mo. Ang totoo, medyo malaki pagpinalit mo ng peso, pero dirham din ang gastos mo sa dubai .  Ibig sabihin ang dirham mong kinita sa presyong dirham mo din gagastusin.

Ang P15.00 na sardinas sa Pilipinas AED3.00 sa Dubai , ang isang pakete ng sigarilyo sa pilipinas P40.00, sa Dubai AED 6.50, alangan namang puro cafeteria food ang kakainin mo aba mamatay ka sa highblood o heap nyan kasi nga umaapaw na sa mantika madumi pa! Mga kadiri , kaya lang pag naubusan ka ng pera no choice you have to take the risk .
 
Akala nila buhay milyonaryo ka na kase ang ganda ng bahay at kotse mo.nag pa-lypo kay calayan at nagparetoke kay vicky belo, Ang totoo nag loan ka lang sa Mashreq ,HSBC o CITIbank  na huhulugan mo ng limang taon. Ibig sabihin, alipin ka ng bahay at kotse mo at ng luho mo at ng bansang ito !!kasi nga magloan ba naman dahil sa luho bwahahaha!
 
Madaming naghahangad na makarating sa Dubai . Lalo na mga nurses at mga medsec at eto pa pati cleaners, mahirap maging normal na manggagawa sa Pilipinas. Madalas pagod ka sa trabaho. Pag dating ng sweldo mo, kulang pa sa pagkain mo. Pero ganun din sa ibang bansa katulad lalo na kaya sa Dubai madaming outlet ng stress mo !kasi walang bawal!!! .

Hindi ibig sabihin dirham na ang sweldo mo, yayaman ka na, kailangan mo ding magbanat ng buto para mabuhay ka sa ibang bansa.
 
Isang malaking sakripisyo ang pag alis mo sa bansang pinagsilangan at malungkot iwanan ang
mga mahal mo sa buhay.Hindi pinupulot ang pera dito o pinipitas o iniigib. Hindi ako naninira ng pangarap, gusto ko lang buksan ang bintana ng katotohanan.
 
Mahirap mangibang bayan…sino ba ang may kasalanan na iwan sariling bayan?  Manilbihan sa dayuhan at malayo sa pamilya ay may kahirapan. Hangga´t may pinay DH na nangingibang bayan na simbolo ng ating kahirapan, kawawang bayan ni Juan patuloy na mapag-iiwanan. Kaya Juan iwan ka ng pera para sayo, para sa kinabukasan mo!

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