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Monthly Archives: July 2012

PNoy’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2012

PNoy’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2012

Global OFW Voices Position Statement on Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) Circular No. 22 Series of 2011

Source: OFW Voices

WE CRY FOUL to PHILHEALTH’S plan of implementing an increase in premium payment for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from PhP 900 to PhP1,2000 then PhP 2,400 effective Jan 1, 2013!

Who are we and why do we need to introduce ourselves?

We are a nation of approximately 10 million OFWs (11% of the 92 million Filipinos) scattered all over the different continents with a saga

Kuwait: 2 Firms Files Closed For Making Labourers Work During Banned Time

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KUWAIT CITY, July 19: Head of Inspection team at Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Eng. Hussain Al-Mutairi revealed that the ministry closed the files of two companies for making their personnel work during the banned time between 12 noon and 4 pm, reports Alam Alyawm daily.


Source: ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli July 2012 Newsletter

What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare? (William Henry Davies)

After a long period of cold weather everyone wishes for springtime… giving the signal that summer will be coming soon. Indeed summer is here! Signaling out the dawn of a break from a busy world. We

USA: Filipino music, culture blossom In historic show at Hollywood Bowl

The world famous Hollywood Bowl seats nearly 13,000 Filipinos for “ takes you to the Philippines” concert.

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
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LOS ANGELES — It was easily the biggest gathering of Filipinos this side of the Diaspora. The nearly filled Hollywood Bowl on Highland Ave. was a sea of bobbing heads and a babel of regional dialects going into a crescendo when the appointed time drew near. It was our turn in the 14th season of Radio Station KCRW’s


Isip ko’y gulong–gulo,
lilipad-lipad na walang
Paligid ko’y tila isang ulap
na pagkalinaw-linaw…

Tubig ng dagat sumasalamin
Sa kalawakan at na uma-aninag
sa buong kapaligiran…

Bulaklak na humahalimuyak
sa bango, at malakas na hangin
na dumadapo sa lumalangitngit
na kawayan…

USA: Mixer starts countdown to trade expo, independence fete

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First Posted :

Fresh from spearheading the 4th Annual Event Honoring Men and Women in Uniform held at the LA Convention Center, the ever busy buddies consisting of Maria Amor Torres, Kevin Kaul and Edvard Akopyan have plunged neck-deep once again into another of their mega yearly projects.

The 7th Annual Global Trade Investment Seminar and Venture Funding Expo will fall on September 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim. The following day the 2nd Annual Global Independence Day (GID) will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

POEA: Visa interview coaching, another illegal recruitment scheme

POEA News Release
16 July 2012

Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac recently revealed another come on used by fly-by-night immigration consultants to attract unsuspecting jobseekers by promising them overseas employment supposedly without payment of fees other than for medical tests and visa interview coaching in the Philippines.


JULY 20, 2012 – Overseas Filipino Workers will use Facebook and Twitter to protest the impending plan of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) to increase its premium. Dubbed as Global Webwide Protest to Stop Philhealth Increase which will run from July 20 – 25, 2012 in different social media platforms, the online protest was initiated by Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards founding president Kenji Solis who is based in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has now adherents from 67 countries majority are OFWs from the Middle East or Gulf countries, followed by Singapore and Hong Kong.

PH labor agency neglects own workers overseas

PATNUBAY volunteer Joseph Espiritu speaks before Muslim Filipinos at the Dawa Center in Riyadh where he was invited to talk on the rights and obligations of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia. He charges the Philippines own overseas labor office of not being fair to its own employees. Patnubay photo

By Casiano Mayor Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Sunday, July 15th, 2012

JEDDAH—In October 2009, a Filipino migrant worker suffered a stroke and was confined at the Shumesy Hospital in Riyadh. He later developed complications, including kidney failure, and needed dialysis.

Because he had no medical insurance and the family did not have enough savings to spend for the rising hospital bills, his coworkers had to

HAGIT: Patnubay showcases principles of Transparency and Accountability

We are demanding our government for transparency and accountability in the use of public money;  but we should all realize that the first step to do this is to apply these within ourselves.  In that way, we will be able to reduce corruption in the society and ultimately to stop it.

Italia: Regularization? Sigurado na at hindi na lamang isang pag-asa…


Roma – Hulyo 9, 2012 – Sa ngayon ay sigurado na, ang gobyerno ay inaprubahan ang isang bagong regularization, kahit pa higit itong gustong tawagin bilang “ravvedimento operoso” o “misura transitoria”. Ito ay magpapahintulot sa mga kumpanya at mga pamilya na nagbigay ng trabaho sa isa o higit pang mga undocumented immigrant upang maiwasan ang mga bagong parusang ipatutupad at sa mga dayuhan naman

UAE: Domestic workers get more protection from exploitation

Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News There are around 750,000 domestic workers in the UAE, making up nearly 20 per cent of the expatriate workforce.

By Samir Salama
Associate Editor
Gulf News,  May 2, 2012

Domestic workers get more protection from exploitation
Bill seeks to regulate employer-employee contract as per international rules

Abu Dhabi: In a bid to ensure decent working and living conditions for a population that outnumbers family members

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


Ang katigulangon bahandi sa pagkatawhanon, mapandol na lang dayon, mobukot ang pagkakalimtanon. Ang mga mata gilawa-lawaan, layo na kaayo ang tinan-awan.

“Noy, tigulang na gyud ka. Wala nay mahims? Dili na makabuga? ni Inday pa nga mahagiton.

“Hala, sulayi kon tinuod ba imong gisulti.” ni Noy Hunsoy nga niduko dayong singo sa naglabong nga butang, balhiboon kaayo.

Kuwait: Ministry Shelter for expatriate workers ready

Kuwait: The ministry of social affairs and labor has completed the construction of the permanent shelter for expatriate workers who are facing problem with their sponsors, local daily reported.