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Monthly Archives: December 2011

President Aquino’s New Year’s Message

President Benigno S. Aquino III’s New Year’s Message,
Rizal Ceremonial Hall, Malacanang Palace, 28 Dec 2011

Cebuano Short Story: NASUHONG ANG PALIHI NI ISKO

Ang kinabuhi puno sa pagkamabulokon. Sa taas nga panaw, adunay daghang lit-ag ug bung-aw nga mohawid nimo. Unsa man gayud ang nagpaabot sa unahan?

“Isko, daw dili na ko makaantos pa. Sobra na kaayo ang imong pagtamak sa akong pagkatawo. Imong gikuha ang kabalaanon sa atong kaminyoon.” dala bakho nga pulong ni Menyang. Hapit na niya matiti ang mga luha nga manglugmaw sa iyang mga mata. “Siyaro, wala ka gayud makapanumbaling ug papas sa numero sa selpon

Patnubay: 2011 Yearend Report

Case Handling – Maganda ang pasok ng taon 2011 sa atin; nakauwi ang mga workers ng Innovative Company na ating inalalayan. Nakamit nila 

NEWS: Amba Tago Thanks OIC Secretary General for Sending Humanitarian Mission to Philippines

27 December 2011-The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Ambassador Ezzedin Tago met with Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Jeddah at the headquarters of the OIC on December 25.

Consul General Uriel Norman Garibay of the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah joined the meeting.

Feature Story: ISIP – Filipino Muslim Group in KSA launches a new Web TV Program

The Islamic Society for Information and Propagation (ISIP) has launched a new program in their Web TV Channel on December 23, 2011 called the  “Da’wah Patrol” – a Filipino-language program  hosted by Abu Mu’min and Mujahid Navarra. The program features various Da’wah activities such as lectures, discussions and dialogues on Basic and Advanced Islamic

Cebuano Short Story: NABUTAAN SI MELOY

Napugwat si Meloy sa iyang paghikatulog tungod sa kasipa sa naglanog-lanog nga tunog sa kanta nga mabati gikan sa sala sa ilang panimalay. “Kasaba ba aron. Natug pa man unta ko.” tuaw ni Meloy sa kaugalingon. Hinayhinay siyang nibangon. Wala na si Losyang sa iyang kiliran. Nahinulan ni Meloy ang suwat sa ilawom sa unlan ni Losyang. “Meloy, napul-an na gyud ko sa atong pagkabutang, busa nakahukom ko nga mouli na lang sa balay sa akong ginikanan sa lungsod sa Oslob aron akong kab-oton ang tunhay nga pamuyo. Dagko na atong mga anak. Pwede na

NGOs, OFW bloggers oppose Philhealth circular raising premiums of OFW members

Blas F. Ople Policy Center

Several non-government organizations involved in overseas employment issues banded together to oppose Philhealth Circular No. 022 that would nearly triple the amount of premiums to be paid by overseas Filipino workers by next year.

Philhealth convened a consultative meeting with a handful of non-profit organizations representing overseas Filipino workers this morning. Walter Bacareza, vice-president of its Member Management Group presented the agency’s plans

An Appeal to Help the Typhoon Victims in Northern Mindanao

In view of devastating calamity in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro recently set about by the typhoon “Sendong” (International name: “Washi”) in the evening of Dec. 16, 2011, members of Patnubay Online have been discussing ways through which help to the victims of this tragedy can be dispatched.

There are currently different large organizations and groups that are offering their services to reach out to our needy countrymen in these stricken areas. However after much deliberation between

December 18: International Migrants Day

“When their rights are violated, when they are marginalized and excluded, migrants will be unable to contribute either economically or socially to the societies they have left behind or those they enter. However, when supported by the right policies and human rights protections, migration can be a force for good for individuals as well as for countries of origin, transit and destination. ”  (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Message for International Migrants Day – 18 December 2011)

Taiwan Government offers up to NT$50,000 for revealing illegal foreign employees

The Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training (職業訓練局) under the Council of Labor Affairs yesterday called for local people to actively reveal illegal employment of foreign workers, which may result in a maximum reward of NT$50,000.

Feature Story: Timothy Cortez Ignacio

Timothy Ignacio (born December 16, 1982)  is a Portrait Photographer  known for creating desaturated colour photographs of people from all walks of life. He learned to mix music and photography to create a perfect and interesting art.

Timothy was born in Sta. Cruz, Laguna, the first

OFWs…Away From Home With JESUS

The feeling of being alone, is the worst dilemma that an OFW could ever have from living away from home. This is the moment in one’s life that is characterized by deep loneliness, depression, and feeling of hopelessness. Having friends around sometimes is not enough to ease the pain of longing for the loved ones. Some of us OFWs,

Qatar: Minimum salary for family visa raised to QR10,000

DOHA: Only those expatriates who earn a minimum salary of QR10,000 monthly would now be eligible to obtain a family visa, it is learnt.

The special panel at the Ministry of Interior that decides on family visa applications from expatriates has raised the salary criterion from QR8,000 to QR10,000, Al Sharq reported

Isang Minutong Smile Project ng mga OFWs sa Israel

Isang Minutong Smile Day na naman. Ilang mga kabataan na naman ang masisilayan ang matatamis na ngiti sa kanilang mga labi. Noong una, binabasa ko lamang sa blogsite ng aking kaibigan ang tungkol sa proyektong ito. Nakakagaan ng damdamin ang malaman na may ibang mga tao na nagmamalasakit at tumutulong sa mga kabataang kapuspalad. Matagal ko na ding gustong maging bahagi ng ganitong gawain, pero hindi ko alam kung paano

Human Rights Day 2011


This year, millions of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their voices using the internet and instant messaging to inform, inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights.

Today in History: Declaration on Human Rights Defenders

Free as a man. Winning logo for Human Rights

Elaboration of the Declaration on human rights defenders began in 1984 and ended with the adoption of the text by the General Assembly in 1998, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A collective effort by a number of human rights non-governmental organizations and some State delegations helped to ensure that the final result was a strong, very useful and pragmatic text. Perhaps most importantly, the Declaration is addressed not just to States and to human rights defenders, but to everyone. It tells us that we all have a role to fulfil as human rights defenders