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Category Archives: OFW News

PNoy’s SONA amid people’s disenchantment

PNoy’s SONA amid people’s disenchantment
By Dionesio C. Grava
First Posted in Watchdog

Four years and a month into his six-year term President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). It has always been a delight listening to the president’s low key style as opposed to the pompous oratory of some politicians we know. The words streamed in rhythmic cadence of fluent, unhesitating delivery that we in the Visayas liken to a few of our local speakers. No mean feat for an hour-and-a-half speech sprinkled with a dose of statistics sans the prompters of Obama fame, thus belying the more those fraudulent psychological reports that dogged President Noynoy during the campaign and in the early days of his administration.

USA: The Return of the Lotus

The return of the lotus

Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in watchdog

It used to be called The Day of the Lotus until organizers added a second day of activities and the Lotus Festival was born.

Petisyon ng mga OFW: NAIA Terminal Fee kasama nang babayaran sa Pagbili ng Ticket sa Eroplano.

Petisyon ng mga OFW: NAIA Terminal Fee kasama nang babayaran sa Pagbili ng Ticket sa Eroplano.
First posted in
Last July 8, 2014

Pagpaliwanag ng MIAA:

A. Unang-una, ang terminal fee ay kukulektahin na kasama sa pagbili ng airline ticket para sa mga pasaherong paalis ng bansa mula sa NAIA.

Kung ang ticket ay binili sa isang ticketing office sa Pilipinas, walang babayaran na terminal fee ang mga OFW, mga Muslim Pilgrims at mga National Athletes dahil sila ay nakasaad sa batas na exempted sa pagbabayad ng terminal fee. Wala silang babayaran basta lamang mayroon silang hawak na mga katibayan na maipapakita sa ticketing office na kanilang pagbibilhan ng ticket.

Kuwait: Filipina denies ‘love-triangle’ in murder of Filipino engineer

Philippine Consul General Raul Dado visits ‘Xylene’ at the hospital.

By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in
June 24, 2014

Filipina denies ‘love-triangle’ in murder of Filipino engineer ‘He was like brother, I worked for him for cash’

KUWAIT CITY, June 24: The Filipina woman who was at the centre of the murder of a Filipino engineer who was allegedly stabbed to death by his Filipino housemate, apparently out of jealousy, vehemently denied reports that came out in the local dailies and social networking site Facebook that she had an affair with the victim. “It’s not true. We had no relationship. I was just working part time for him, washing his clothes and cooking for him and I get paid monthly,” disclosed Xylene, not her real name. Xylene who sustained a stab wound on her right shoulder during the incident on June 17 midnight is still in trauma after witnessing the stabbing incident inside their flat. Xylene is separated with three kids in the Philippines.

DOLE Sec Baldoz, Bobo na, Wala pang puso, Utak politiko pa

Baldoz The Godmother - Protektor ng mga Abusadong POLO Officials

DOLE Sec Baldoz, Bobo na, Wala pang puso, Utak politiko pa (ang protektor ng mga abusadong POLO Officials)

Desperado na masyado si DOLE Secretary Baldoz na maitatago ang kanyang kapalpakan, pagkabobo at pagkawalang puso, at gumagawa na ng estilong politiko para matatabunan ang mga kapalpakan ng kanyang tanggapan at ng kanyang mga tauhan sa POLO. Kahapon, nagpa-press release si Sec Baldoz at Labor Attaché Padaen at inangkin ang credit ng pagkapanalo ng isang OFW na lumalaban sa kanyang karapatan.

Narito ang Press Release sa TV5 at ABS-CBN na magkapareho ang laman.


Akala siguro ni Baldoz na sa pamamagitan ng pagbabalita ay makakalimutan ng mga OFW ang pagkait nya ng katarungan sa mga kapwa OFW na nagreklamo laban kay Musa at Villafuerte na mga manyakis nyang mga tauhan.Akala siguro ni Baldoz na sa pamagitan ng pagpress release nila ay matatabunan ang katotohanan tungkol sa pagkaabusado ng kanyang mga tauhan dito katulad nina Padaen, Madrid at Garduce na ang alam lamang ay ang pangharass sa mga ofws na pumupunta sa kanilang opisina at ang pagpapakulong ng OFW dahil kinampihan ng POLO ang abusadong employer.

Mga Babala at Paalala Para sa mga OFWs sa KSA

Mga Babala at Paalala Para sa mga OFWs sa KSA

Mga Babala

1. Para sa mga kababayan natin na napasabak at nagtratrabaho sa propesyon dahil gumamit ng mga pekeng diploma, pekeng transcript of records o pekeng PRC license.

Mabusisi na po ngayon ang Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Interior at Saudi Council sa mga papers na naisubmit nyo at isa-isa itong inimbestigahan. Sa katunayan, may mga nakulong na po.

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli April 2014 Newsletter

Ang Tambuli- is the official  Newsletter of ACFIL,  started  last 2002 up to the present to form and inform the Filipinos in the region regarding the political, social & migration issues especially to those who have the difficulty in comprehending the Italian language. This was financed by the Provincia di Torino for two years and the last 6 years, ACFIL continued the action independently due to the strong demand of the community taking out also the logo of the Provincia di Torino.

Get a copy of the April 2013  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL’s-Ang-Tambuli-April-2014-Newsletter.

Kuwait: Kapihan’ tackles Pinoy housing, labour issues

Kapihan’ tackles Pinoy housing, labour issues
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in

KUWAIT CITY, April 26: The Representative of the Home Mutual Development Fund (PAG-IBIG Fund) Mahmoud Khalil urged all Filipino workers in Kuwait to avail the benefits of being a PAG-IBIG member after the Philippine government has imposed the mandatory contribution to all OFWs across the globe. Khalil made this call on Friday during the “Kapihan sa Kuwait” talk show at the Carlton Tower Hotel in Kuwait City.

Susan Ople: 1536

Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.

by Susan Ople
First posted in

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2014, the monthly PhilHealth contributions of members with the lowest salaries was doubled to P200, with the additional Php100 contribution to be shouldered equally by the worker and his or her employer. In the case of overseas Filipino workers, this adjustment translates into a P2,400 annual contribution compared to last year’s P1,200 annual rate.

PhilHealth Circular No. 0025 s. 2013 issued in October 2013 provides for two payment options for OFWs set to leave this year:

Pay the P2,400 annual contributions in one sweep at all PhilHealth accredited collection agencies including the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and accredited recruitment agencies; or,
Pay P1,600 valid for six months premium with an understanding that the contributions for the succeeding six months will be settled within six months after the expiration of the initial coverage in order for the OFW to enjoy full benefits of the program.

Kuwait: 57 Undocumented Pinoys Fly Home, ‘No Detention’

57 Undocumented Pinoys Fly Home, ‘No Detention’
Consul General Dado Thanks HH The Amir
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in arabtimesonline

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6: A total of 57 undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWS) or whose residence visas (iqama) have expired were repatriated to the Philippines on Saturday evening as part of the series of mass repatriation of stranded OFWs in Kuwait. Philippine Embassy officials led by Consul General Atty Raul H Dado together with attaches Musa

HAGIT: Greedy Filipino businessmen, gov’t regulators trifle with the lives of passengers

By: Dionesio Grava
First posted in
July 30, 2013

Who hasn’t heard of the Titanic? The largest ship afloat at the time, RMS Titanic was a British ocean liner considered to be the epitome in comfort and luxury. And safety — but not where it counts most. She had watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors but there were only enough lifeboats for barely half of the 3,327 passengers and crew.

Kuwait: Embassy Details Repatriation Procedures For ‘Illegal’ OFWs

Image courtesy of Mike Non - PEBA/GOV Admin Group

Rumours Of Jail For Undocumented Filipinos in Kuwait Denied
By Michelle Fe Santiago
Arab Times Staff

KUWAIT CITY, July 2: The Philippine Embassy in Kuwait issued on Tuesday an advisory on the normal procedure of returning to the Philippines via the Kuwait Immigration for undocumented or overstaying Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The advisory outlining 10 steps came out after some OFWs complained why they have to be endorsed to the Kuwait Immigration authorities despite having a duly processed travel document.

Philippine Charge d’ Affaires Raul Dado brushed off talks circulating on the social networking site Facebook that the Embassy is sending undocumented OFWs to jail. He outlined that they have to understand the procedure and the important thing is to follow the law of the host country. “If we break it, we need to follow the normal procedure of going back to the Philippines. The embassy does not cause deportation. It is the normal procedure in any country like the US or Canada. The embassy helps and gives travel documents for this.

Pasasalamat at Papuri

Pasasalamat at Papuri

Unang-una ang Papuri at Pasasalamat sa Nag-iisang Tagapaglikha!

Papuri at Pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga OFWs na nandito, lalo na sa mga kababayan natin na nagsipag-ayos ng kanilang mga papel para sa pagexit o pagtransfer ng employer .

Ngayon lang po kami nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na sabay-sabay namin kayong nakausap. Sa mahigit dalawang buwan, araw at gabi, maging sa madaling araw ay nakakusap namin kayo. Sa kaunting payo ay napakadali ninyong makaintindi at sumunod sa mga proseso na

Kuwait: Undocumented OFWs Told To Get Travel Documents

Philippine Embassy Charge D’Affairs Raul Dado Addressing The OFWs In Kuwait.

Philippine Embassy ‘Issues’ 16-Pt Advisory For Filipinos
Undocumented OFWs Told To Get Travel Documents
By: Michelle Fe Santiago
First posted in Arab Times 

KUWAIT CITY, June 15: The Philippine Em-bassy led by Charge d’ Affaires Atty Raul H Dado urged the Filipino community to remain calm and sought everyone’s cooperation in disseminating the correct information amid the ongoing massive crackdown on illegal residents in Kuwait. He also reminded all Fili-pinos to follow the laws of the host country.

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah Intensify Assistance to Filipinos During Corrective Period

Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and Consulate in Jeddah Intensify Assistance to Filipinos During Corrective Period

Passport encoding at the International Philippine School in Riyadh

(Riyadh, 29 May 2013) The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh and the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah have intensified efforts to process documentary requirements to help Filipinos to take advantage of the facilities and waivers announced on 10 May as implementing guidelines of the Royal Decree on 6 April by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz giving a 90 day grace period for expatriates to correct their status. The grace period ends 3 July 2013.

Based on the guidelines issued on 10 May, expatriates may correct their status in the Kingdom by returning to their countries on final exit, or returning to their original employer, or by transferring to a new employer. 

Wala Iyan sa Super Nanay Ko!

Wala Iyan sa Super Nanay Ko!

My mother is the world’s best Mom! Iyan ang madalas kong marinig mula sa mga kakilala ko. Pero kung iisa-isahin ko marahil ang mga nagawa ng nanay ko, sasabihin ko sa kanilang “wala iyan sa nanay ko!”

Tarcela Delfin ang pangalan ng aking inay. Bunso siya sa limang magkakapatid. Grade 6 lamang ang natapos niya dahil hindi siya pinag-aral ng mga lolo at lola ko. Naniniwala silang ang babae ay dapat na nasa tahanan lamang kapag ito’y nag-asawa na.