OFW Political Empowerment 2016

OFW representation in Congress

The Philippine Election 2016 is fast approaching. It will be held on May next year and being at home, I can feel and smell the preparation of some politicians in the surrounding community that I belong. Even in TV ads, some Presidentiables are busy making their own “papogi points” to the public. Of course, it’s part of their strategy to win the public sentiment on national issues at hand.

Talking about OFW Political empowerment, the OFWs were able to get a seat in Congress through the OFW Family Party List group who made it in the last 2013 election. Truly, we are proud that OFWs are finally represented in Congress since 14 years when former Congressman Sid Aligada and  Omar Fajardo were appointed by former President Fidel Ramos to represent OFWs in the Philippine lower house of Congress.

But frankly, I can’t feel of any changes being made or introduced on the various issues of government policies that concerns our OFWs. I am not against Congressman Roy Seneres and in fairness, the good Congressman filed several bills in Congress since he assumed office yet none of them made it to the President’s desk. Surprisingly, I read an online article that he is eyeing for 2016 Presidential election. That, I have so much doubt that he can even reach number  10 in the list of the highest votes for the Presidency. Well, for me 750 thousand votes are not enough to change the course of history from Congress to Presidency. My sincere apology to the former Ambassador, that’s only my opinion and I am entitled to it. However, if the good former Ambassador will stick to where he is now and ask his colleagues in Congress to prioritize his bills, then Sir, you have my one vote again.

OFW Political Empowerment in barangay level


Photo taken from the website of Barangay Info System-Davao

During the 2013 barangay election there were 53,786,223 registered Filipino voters according to COMELEC website It means out of 101 Million Philippine population (taken from  worldometers) half of our population are registered voters.

How many per cent of OFW family comprised a mere barangay?  According to my neighbour who works at the local office of the Philippine Statistics Authority, in one particular barangay in Cebu, OFWs is comprised of 5% of the barangay population. Each family of that 5% population has 4 to 5 family members who are registered voters. Good enough for an OFW (former OFW or OFW family members or relatives) who wants to run as a barangay councilman with a 2,500 votes for a barangay population that consist of 10,000 registered voters.

Perhaps, the continuing saga in our fight for OFW political empowerment must start in barangay level. So, by representing the concerns of OFWs in a barangay or in many barangays around the Philippine archipelago, then the national scene will follow.

According to the April to September 2014 statistical report by Grace Bersales of Philippine Statistics Authority, there was an estimated 2.3 million Overseas Contract Workers (OCWs/OFWs) or those with existing work contract comprised 96.0 per cent (2.2 million) of the total OFWs.  The rest (4.0% or 92,000) worked overseas without contract.

The total of 2,392,000 OFWs plus  five of their families back home can even move a mountain apart to put a President in Malacanang with a total of 11,960,000 votes; near enough to what President Aquino garnered in 2010 presidential election.

Well that’s only a simple presumption, nonetheless  Benjamin Banneker, an African American scientist once said “presumption should never make us neglect that which appears easy to us, nor despair make us lose courage at the sight of difficulties.”

That’s the reason why I am advocating Overseas Absentee Voting registration and requesting those  975,263 Overseas Absentee Voters worldwide to update your voting status, especially to those 237,504 registered voters who failed to vote in the previous Philippine national election.

To my fellow OFWs, talk to your families back home, ask them to participate in the October 2016 barangay election and through them, we can now empower by representing our OFW sector in the barangay level.BongA    


4 thoughts on “OFW Political Empowerment 2016

  1. Dear Mr. Amora, First, let me congratulate you on your advocacy and passion for helping our fellow kababayan and inspiring the reader on every post on your website.  I myself benefit a lot on what I read on your column and it became the content of my counselling once the family of OFW come to our office and ask for help.  We  have been in partnership with Mam Toots Ople . Some of our kababayan who were abandoned by their employer sought the help of Patnubay.  Thank you very much and may God bless you hundredfolds in your endeavor.  Miss June InabayanHelp Desk CoordinatorGlobal Filipino movement Foundation Inc.10th Flr. State Center Bldg IIOrtigas Ave., Mandaluyong City

    • Hi June, thanks a lot! Yes, i know Maam Toots, the daughter of our great nationalist leader Ka Blas. I don’t know if Maam Toots knows me but through Mr. Ka Jun Aguilar, maybe he already mention to her our blog.

      About Patnubay, Yes they’re very active group who lend a hand to those in needs and its not just by “pen” but they’re working closely in the arena, i mean in the “battlefield.” I met some of them when I was still an OFW in KSA and they’re one of the many silent heroes sa aming hanay.

      Thanks for dropping by and Mabuhay ang Global Filipino movement Foundation.

  2. Magandang Gabi Sir, Bong tanong ko lng po 6years na ako d2 sa company ko sa saudi al khobar ngayon po nag palit nang manager ang company ko at yng pumalit pilit niya ako pinapapirma nang bagong contrata, ayaw ko naman pumirma sa dahilan may dati akong contrata sa dating kng manager, tanong ko lng po ulit kng sakali mag pasa ako nang resignation paper ko may makukuha ba ako sa 6years kng serbisyo sa company ko… maraming salamat po …….

    • Tama ka na hindi ka nag pumirma ng bagong kontrata dahil nasa indefinite term of contract ka dahil wala kang pinirmahan na bagong contract mula ng na expire ang iyong unang kontrata.

      Pangalawa, huwag mong gamitin ang “resignation” dahil nasa indefinite term of contract ka. Below are the pertinent clause in SLL:

      Article 75: If the contract is of an indefinite term, either party may terminate it for a valid reason to be specified in a written notice to be served to the other party at least thirty days prior to the termination date if the worker is paid monthly and not less than fifteen days for others.

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