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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Outstanding Employer of the Year (Personnel Managers’ Choice) – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

While the leaders of Asia Pacific nations have wrapped their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, the people managers in our country held its 49th National Conference here in Cebu. The more than two thousand personnel managers all over the Philippines have just adjourned last night its annual convention at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, after a three-day conference on the theme: “Revolutionizing People Management in the Philippines”. Globally recognized experts on leading and managing people, and famous inspirational speakers from all over the world graced the occasion, coming from Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. The highlight of the conference was the much-awaited proclamation of the personnel managers’ choice of the Most Outstanding Employer of the Year Award of PMAP (People Management Association of the Philippines).

Cebuano Short Story: ANG GILOK NI BENIGNA

Makahatag ang gilok ug kabalisa nga mosangpot sa hilaw nga pahiyom. Pagkadili masabot kon bukotan ka sa kagilok. Nindot kawton, tuslokon, tayhopon, hikapon ug kulitogon ang gilok. Mura ka’g gitikon, apan dili ka makakatawa, magpabilin ang gilok. Daghan ang bahin sa imong lawas ang atakehon sa kagilok ilabi na kon kini manggimok.

Si Benigna wala makapugong, “Dot, tabangi ko. Unsaon man ni nga gilok man kaayo. Unya katol-katol pud.”

USA: All that jazz!

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
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For a while those Anglo features fooled me. But Mitch Franco has a Filipina mother, the former recording artist Gemma Franco, and that makes him Filipino. Good-looking and tall for his 19 years, Mitch is a crooner who would not be out of place in any kind of musical programs. His “Fly Me to the Moon,” for example, made the ladies and the gays in the

Robert F. Kennedy’s “A Tiny Ripple of Hope” in Philippine Languages

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English – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

USA: Big waves by Pinay militants in Hollywood rally

Participants from women's groups congregate in Hollywood Blvd. for the start of the Women’s Equality Day rally.

Words and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
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The fighting words emanated from the stage: “Makibaka!” Some in the crowd responded: “Huwag matakot!”

Today in History: September 11 attacks

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The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th or 9/11)[nb 1] were a series of four suicide attacks that were committed in the United States on September 11, 2001, coordinated to strike areas of New York City and Washington, D.C. On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally piloted two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. The hijackers also intentionally crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and intended to pilot the fourth hijacked jet, United Airlines Flight 93, into the United States Capitol Building[2] in Washington, D.C.; however, the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers attempted to take control of the jet from the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 246 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes.

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Cebuano Short Story: SI INDAY SELOSA

Ang selos magdala ug pangigi, pagduda ug walay hunong nga pangunot sa agtang ug pangyamiid sa binuhat nga giputos ug selos. Iyang dughan walay hunong sa pagkulba, magbutokbutok ug iyang kabalisa manggimok. Ang selos mahimong sinugdanan sa kapungot, bagutbot ug mga kamot nga mangumot, imong buhok mahurot ug kalarot, imong nawong mug-ot, imong mata magpitok-pitok.

Si Dodong, namulong, “Ayaw kabalaka Day, ikaw ra gayud ang akoa.” ni Dodong pa nga daw napugwat.

OFW na namatay, inilibing sa Riyadh na hindi alam ng pamilya sa Pilipinas

Noong nakaraang linggo, lumabas sa sabq online arabic news na nagsampa ng kaso ang isang Saudi advocate laban sa Ministry of Heatlh ng Riyadh. Ito ay dahil umano sa pagpalibing ng naturang ahensya sa isang namatay na Pilipino na hindi man lang pinaalam sa kanyang pamilya sa Pilipinas. Dagdag pa ng advocate na may nakabinbin pang reklamo ang yumaong pinoy laban sa kanyang employer sa Saudi Labor Court.

Ang bukas ay babalikan mo… LUMAHOK at MAKIALAM sa HALALAN 2013

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Calling All OFWs and other Overseas Filipinos: Register as Overseas Filipino Voters for the May 2013 Elections.

The OAV Summit Group composed of different civil society groups, committed to the political empowerment of our migrant workers through the ballot.


Employers’ highhanded treatment of their workers – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

Not only in the scriptures but also in Philippine labor laws, that this dictum appears overriding: To whom much is given, much is expected. In our labor statutes and jurisprudence, employers are called upon to exercise utmost diligence, and even solicitousness in making sure that the rights of their workers are respected, their human dignity cared for and the exacting standards of labor regulations are complied with. The State is mandated to afford full protection to labor especially because employers have all the power, resources and knowledge. Thus, the law mandates that all doubts shall be resolved in favor of labor and that, in most labor disputes, the employers bear the burden of proof.


Ginaingon nga ang pagpanapo maoy buhat nga motabon, motago, mohatag ug salimbong sa butang nga inampingan, dili gayud pahayagan, dili ipadaylang, likayan kini nga makit-an, bantayanan nga dili makahungaw aron dili masingo ang hinungaw, pastilan ang pagpanapo, magsugod kini sa kabatan-on apan makalimtan kon maabot na sa pagpangapo.

“Naa ka ra man gud diay dinhi Kolas. Pwerti nakong nakapangita nimo ganiha pa.” pulong ni Sito sa iyang higala nga daw sa wala lamang manumbaling sa iyang pag-abot.

Detailed Overview of Procedure for Police Cases in Saudi Arabia

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Patnubay shares this information to achieve the following objectives:

1. To educate Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) about their rights and empower them on how to fight for those rights as per the existing laws and procedures.
2. To educate OFWs on sharing accurate reference to the media and non-government organizations (NGOs). Hence, refraining from providing false, misleading and inaccurate information that could muddle the issue.
3. To educate the officers of the Philippine embassy and consulate about the laws and procedures of Saudi Arabia before the Philippine government deploys them to Saudi Arabia.