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Fighting age discrimination in the Philippines

Pass a law to ban age discrimination in the workplace.

By Susan Ople
First Posted in ArabNews

On Labor Day, the Blas F. Ople Policy Center, a non-government organization that I head, launched an online petition urging Congress to pass a law against age discrimination in the workplace. As I write this column, more than 200 petitioners have signed up in a span of two and a half days. An uphill battle is expected considering the divided attention of Congress amid corruption cases, a draft Bangsamoro Basic Law as well as the 2015 national budget.

Kuwait: Kapihan’ tackles Pinoy housing, labour issues

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

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: Filipino graduates face tough economy

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.

Filipino graduates face tough economy
by: SUSAN V. OPLE
AS Published in Arabnews
Tuesday 8 April 2014

It is graduation season in the Philippines, and one can’t help but wax nostalgic about youthful indulgences and daydreams about making it to the top. Unlike Saudi nationals whose own government has made it a mission to “nationalize” the workplace, in the Philippines, the jobless compete not only with each other but also with those returning from abroad as well as hundreds of thousands of fresh graduates. Unfortunately, our society has an unspoken rule of favoring young applicants over the more experienced, but older ones. The Philippines has no law against age discrimination in the workplace. The economic burden has shifted to the shoulders of the youth.

I am sure that Filipinos in Saudi Arabia have their own stories to tell about sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, and even grandkids who are new graduates. One needs only to look at the timelines and newsfeeds on Facebook to see graduation pictures galore, with the parents standing right beside the latest star in the family. Why not? When our kids graduate, we, too, get an invisible diploma for a job well done, as parents.

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.

Why we should stop sending maids abroad – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

Now that the Philippine economy is at its best, after so many decades of economic stagnation, this is the best time to stop being the number one supplier of maids in the whole world. And if the government is really sincere in its declared policy to protect our women workers, there should be a total ban against deployment of domestic helpers to any country. This ban should be unconditional, immediate and total. The DOLE, in coordination, with other government agencies, and with the private sector, must be able to create enough jobs and enterprises that can replace overseas employment, as the preferred source of income for unskilled female workers. Maid deployment is a business that makes multi-millionaires of recruiters while our poor women are being jailed, raped or killed abroad. We have to stop this modern slave trade immediately.

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli January 2013 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 January 2013  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL’s-Ang-Tambuli-January-2013-Newsletter.

Feature Story: Hostaged!

Iceberg 1 anchored a few feet from shore. Note high-powered weapon used by the Puntland Maritime Police Force in its rescue mission from land.

Iceberg 1 had a 24-man crew led by a 61-year old Yemeni captain. It was sailing from Yemen to Dubai when pirates aboard speedboats went after the ship, using heavy artillery including an RPG to force the ship to ground to a halt.

Hostaged!
BY SUSAN OPLE ⋅ JANUARY 21, 2013
As posted in www.blasoplecenter.com

This is the story of 31-year old seafarer, Gerald Gonzales, from Iloilo City.

He holds the record for being the longest held Filipino hostage in Somalia.

Gerald boarded Iceberg 1, a cargo ship, way back in 2009 for a 9-months stint as an oiler (all-around shipmate) with a salary of US$350. His contract was to expire on April 12, 2010. But as they say, sh*t happens. Gerald’s ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in March 29, 2010.

Learning Materials: Seminar ng mga OFWs

Naisulat natin sa ating 2012 Achievement Report na noon ay mayroon tayong mga (house to house and classroom) seminars para maituro sa mga kapwa OFWs ang kanilang mga karapatan at kagalingan. Isa sa ating mga kasamang lecturers  noon ay si Mr. Alexander Asuncion. Si Ka Alex ay dating OFW sa Saudi at ngayon ay nasa Pilpinas na at pinili ni PNOY na maging representative natin para sa POEA Governing Board land-based OFWs.

Sa mga taga-subaybay ng patnubay nais po naming ibahagi sa inyo itong learning materials na isinulat at ginamit ni Ka Alex Asunsion sa mga seminars noong kasama pa natin sya dito sa Saudi Arabia. Ito po yong links

  1. Batas sa Paggawa ng KSA Seminar 2006
  2. Alamin Ang Karapatan   Seminar 2009 – (The Saudi Labor Law in Philippine Language)

Patnubay – 2012 Achievement Report

Today in History

January 25, 2005 – Sa araw na ito, walong taon na ang nakaraan ay nabili natin ang domain name na Patnubay.com. Gumawa tayo ng website noon para makapagbigay ng tamang impormasyon at para makapag-empower sa mga OFWs sa Saudi

The Joseph Peruda (OFW) Story

Ito si joseph bago ang aksidente

Si Joseph Peruda ay  isang  OFW na taga- Bislig, Surigao del Sur.  Dumating siya sa Saudi Arabia noong Sept. 22, 2005 at nagtrabaho bilang Loader Operator sa  Abdul Ali Al Ajmi Co. Ltd. Al Ahsa Hofof, KSA.

Ang  kanyang kontrata ay dalawang (2)  taon lamang pero pinili niya na hindi umuwi at  mag-extend pa ng dalawang taon  dahil kailangan nya pang kumita para sa kanyang pamilya.  Si Joseph ay may asawa  at mayroon silang tatlong anak ( isang grade 5, isang grade 2 at isang kinder).

Oct. 16, 2008 nang maaksidente si Joseph sa oras ng trabaho.  Sumabog ang “gas tank” ng kanyang loader at tumalsik ang takip ng tangke sa kanyang mukha.

Job Principles – by Ms. Susan Ople

By Susan V. Ople
As Posted in www.susanople.com

Your first job shapes you. You come in, timid and careful, soaking the environment in while wanting to blend with the wall. Days and weeks after, you passed the first hurdle, a simple task, and made contact with your first-to-be friend and confidante. Life proceeds from there, and your first job becomes a process of self-discovery like no other.

Subsequent jobs are yours to shape. No matter how you lost the first one, the jobs that follow it bear your imprint as a more experienced employee. By this time, you’d know how to extend your hand for the standard pleased-to-meet-you handshake, while easing in your calling card during a conversation with a potential client at the appropriate time. Isn’t this the natural progression for career-oriented people? A career ladder goes upwards, not sideways and certainly not downwards from midway to the bottom rung.

The true leaders’ missions for the country – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

The first mission of a true leader is to search, jointly with the people, for A COMMON VISION, a nation’s or an organization’s common aspiration, one that embodies the dreams, the desired situation, the long-range goals of the people. The leader must be able to articulate in few and simple words what the people wish fervently in their hearts and minds. He must not impose on the people what he personally wants. Rather, he must guide them in expressing their own genuine definition of the future that they choose to create for themselves and for their posterity. Moses was such a leader.

The second mission of a leader is to UNITE THE PEOPLE and in the pursuit of the common vision. This vision must be taught by him and his trusted co-teachers to all the people. The common vision should transcend all barriers, break all boundaries of social and economic status and political colors and ideological leanings. Uniting the people means that the leader must be able to create a unifying message of hope, a reassuring atmosphere, where the strong shall not oppress the weak, and the weak shall not rebel against the strong. Jesus Christ was such a leader.

ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli December 2012 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 December 2012  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL’s-Ang-Tambuli-December-2012-Newsletter.

Patnubay Online Archives 2011 – 2013

Pinapasalamatan po natin nang lubos ang ating mga volunteers, contributors at authors na nagbigay ng kanilang mga articles ng libre para makapagshare ng information, makapag-empower at  makapagpasaya sa ating mga readers. Maraming salamat po sa mga sumusunod; dahil sa inyo naging successful tayo sa loob ng dalawang taon.

PH CONSULATE IN TORONTO WARNS AGAINST NURSE RECRUITING SCAM

News Advisory
20 November 2012
Posted in poea.gov.ph

PH CONSULATE IN TORONTO WARNS AGAINST NURSE RECRUITING SCAM

The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto (Toronto PCG) warned the public against a scam circulating by e-mail which offers Philippine nurses non-existent jobs in Toronto-based hospitals.

Roll of Successful Examinees for Architects and Civil Engineers in Middle East

Roll of Successful Examinees in the
ARCHITECT LICENSURE EXAMINATION – MIDDLE EAST
Held on OCTOBER 25 & 26, 2012
Released on NOVEMBER 23, 2012

  1. ABIAN, CARLO MAGNO MIRANDA
  2. ACAR, ANNA VANESSA DAGSA
  3. AL-MUHSIN, JASSIM JAMAL WAJE
  4. ALBERASTINE, ALLISTER JOSEPH PIL
  5. ALIPASPAS, VICENTE DULGUIME
  6. AMBROCIO, JOCELYN IMMACULATA
  7. ANTONIO, EDUARDO AGUALLO