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Monthly Archives: March 2012

HAGIT Hero: Dionesio Calunsag Grava

Aside from educating the younger generation about Honesty, Accountability, Good Governance, Integrity and Transparency (HAGIT),  it is also our objective  to give tribute to those who stood up and fought for the HAGIT principles.  Dear readers, we would like to introduce our fourth HAGIT Hero,  Mr Dionesio Grava.

Who is Dionesio Grava? 

– Dionesio Calunsag Grava began his law enforcement career in 1966 while studying at

Cebuano Short Story: SI TARZAN IKOGAN

“Tan-awa si Tarzan basa kaayo. Nakalarga na ang lantsa nga gisakyan ni Tatay Indong nimo. Niubog na pud ni sa dagat aron pagsunod ug langoy sa lantsa.” pulong pa ni Nanay Indang nga nagtingsi sa gipakitang dili kasarangan nga lihok ni Tarzan.

“Bitaw Nay, ambot ba niining Tarzan nga wala man gayud kapoya sige ug ubog sa dagat aron paglangoy sunod sa lantsa nga sakyan ni Tatay matag biyahe padulong sa laing isla. Maayo gani kamao pud ni siya mohunong sa pagsunod

The politics of wages and oil prices – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

The political turbulence and military hostilities in the Middle East are destabilizing the flow of oil from that region to our country and pushing the oil prices to unprecedented levels. The erratic and unpredictable oil supply and the successive hikes in the price of fuel are pushing the prices of goods and services to levels beyond the reach of the poor. The buying power of the masses, especially the minimum-wage earners, has been substantially eroded. Thus, there is now a strong pressure to raise wages, along with increases in the jeepney and bus fares. The “caravan’’ instigated by one federation of jeepney and bus drivers and operators a week ago, is just a trial balloon that is likely to escalate into a nation-wide “welga ng bayan.”

It is always popular to advocate for wage increases especially at a time like now when the cost of basic commodities are being made

Italya: Aplikasyon maaari nang sagutan on line

Source:  akoaypilipino.eu

Roma – Marso 22, 2012 – Ang direct hire na pinirmahan ilang araw na ang nakaraan ng pamahalaan ay magpapahintulot sa pagpasok ng 35,000 seasonal workers at 4,000 workers na sumailalim sa mga programa ng pagsasanay sa sariling bansa. Ang mga employer ay kailangang maghintay ng publikasyon ng

Ople Center seeks joint DFA-NSO probe into proliferation of fake birth certificates in Sabah

The Blas F. Ople Center, a non-profit organization that specializes in labor and migration issues, made a formal recommendation to the Department of Foreign Affairs for an immediate and impartial probe into anomalous practices involving the sale and proliferation of fake birth certificates for irregular Filipino workers applying for Philippine passports in Sabah.

Pangunahing katanungan ng mga naulila ng isang ofw sa Italya

Source:  akoaypilipino.eu

Roma, Marso 20, 2012 – Narito ang mga pangunahing katanungan na maaaring makatulong sa pamilya o kamag-anak ng naulila, mula sa kasalukuyang Welfare Officer at OIC POLO-OWWA na si Ruth Roselynn C. Vibar.

SOS SMS /OAV Registration Brochure

ALL FILIPINO CITIZENS ABROAD, not otherwise disqualified by law, at least (18) years of age on the day of elections, may now participate in Philippine national elections under the Overseas Absentee Voting Act 2003 (Republic Act 9189).

• For purposes at the 2013 national elections, qualified Filipinos abroad may vote for Senators and Party-List representative.

Featured Servant Leader: Charito Basa

Charito Basa is a researcher and trainer on women’s migrant empowerment and founder of the Filipino Women’s Council in Rome, Italy.

A native of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, Basa holds key positions in the boards of migrant organizations, Italian women’s associations and European networks and has also collaborated with UN agencies, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the International Organisation for Migration on issues concerning migrants, human

“Rage for RH! — Rally against Gender Discrimination, for Women’s Empowerment!” -RHAN

In celebration of women’s month, Reproductive Health Advocacy Network (RHAN) invites you to “Rage for RH! — Rally against Gender Discrimination, for Women’s Empowerment!” on 30 March 2012, from 3:30 to 7:00 pm, at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Grounds, Quezon Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City.

Rome: Pinay, nagnakaw ng limang Rolex sa employer

Source: akoaypilipino.eu

Roma, 23 Marso 2012 – Hindi naitago ang ginawang pagnanakaw at agad ay inamin ito sa kanyang employer, ang pagnanakaw ng limang Rolex na nagkakahalaga ng halos 50,000 euro. Ang Filipina, isang colf at may edad na 46, ay kinumpirma maging sa mga pulis ang krimen. Kinasuhan ng pagnanakaw

POEA lifts ban on OFWs to Nigeria, Libya, South Sudan

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda-Dimapilis, who is also the chairman of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration Governing Board, yesterday announced that the Board had issued three separate resolutions lifting the ban on the deployment of Filipino overseas workers to Nigeria, Libya, and South Sudan.

The first resolution, Resolution No. 4, Series of 2012, fully lifts the ban on the deployment of OFWs

OFWs may now take PRC exams without returning to the Philippines – Baldoz

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who wanted to take their board licensure examinations and enhance their edge and competitiveness, even if they are based overseas, can now do so at their pleasure.

USA: LA Derby Dolls: Super heroines of Historic Filipinotown

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava

Some said she was going 25-plus mph easy. I thought it could have been faster, the image a blur as the demon jammer whizzed by. Didn’t get her name but who does. Everyone of them are aliases, names like Smarty Pants, Haught Wheels, Windy City Rollers and so on and so forth.

Basically it’s badass girls in hot pants and colored shirts uniform plowing through other badass girls of a different uniform. A fastpaced action initiated by jammers jamming to score points while the blockers block. How simple can that be? Contact sports? Go see football and the likes. What we have here is collision sports. One can just imagine the sores and aches and occasional bruises. Most amazing, they’re all chicks!

KSA Ministry of Labor launches SMS Service for foreign workers to inquire about the Nitaq (Range) of their company / employer

After the deadline set for private companies that did not comply with the Nitaqat Ranges, the Ministry of Labor launches an SMS Service that allows foreign workers to inquire about the Nitaq (Range) of their company or employer.

Can you renew your work permit?

An SMS will give you the answer!

Your work permit renewal depends on the Nitaq of your employer.

Red – if your employer falls with the Red Nitaq, this will prevent you from renewing your work permit and you will be required to to find a new employer within the Excellent or Green Nitaq.

Yellow – If your employer falls with the the Yellow Nitaq, your work permit will not be renewed if you completed a duration of 6 years working in Saudi Arabia. Therefore you will be required to find a new employer within the Excellent or Green Nitaq in order to be able to renew your work permit.

Italya: Mga dapat gawin sa pagpapauwi ng bangkay sa sariling bansa

Source: akoaypilipino.eu

Roma – Marso 20, 2012 – Kapag nagpasyang ipauwi sa sariling bansa ang bangkay, ay mahaharap sa isang prosesong hindi madali at simple.

Sangguniang mga Batas at alituntunin

Sa kasalukuyan, ay walang batas sa pagpapabalik ng bangkay sa sariling bansa. Sa Italya ay maaaring sumangguni sa regulasyon ng National Mortuary Police, sa circular ng Ministry of Health n. 24 ng 1993, at

USA: Winsome hopefuls vie for Ms. Philippines USA crown

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava

It was time to holler words of encouragement as the beat and the well-choreographed routine ratcheted up. A time to ogle at each broad smile, the studied gait and stance, the made-up countenance and whatever little things the judges might look and notch on some database that