Archive for the ‘Labor’ Category

Layoffs of OFWs in Saudi not due to oil price slump: labor attaches

Despite decline in global oil prices, the Saudi labor market remains stable for Filipino workers. The reported retrenchments are not due to the oil price slump in recent months, according to assessment of Saudi-based labor attaches and diplomats of the situation in the Middle East kingdom that hosts some 800,000 OFWS. The positive assessment should […]

February 15, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Labor  8 Comments

Fired nurse in Singapore should read Elbert Hubbard

The firing of Filipino nurse Ello Ed Mundsel Bello by the Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore for his Facebook rant against Singaporeans once again demonstrates the danger of people being in social media without fully knowing its capabilities and limitations. Last week, Bello, under the FB name Edz Ello, ranted on his wall: “Now […]

January 14, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Labor, Malaya, Media  10 Comments

Lessons from Taiwan incident: minimize inflammatory remarks

Update: Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lin just announced the lifting of the ban on hiring of Filipino workers for Taiwan, MECO Representative Antonio Basilio said. One lesson from the unfortunate May 9 incident in Balintang Channel that led to a strain in the otherwise robust relations with Taiwan is for government spokespersons to be careful […]

August 8, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Labor  2 Comments

Tripleng dagok sa mga kawawang OFW ang Sex for Flight

Dapat itapon sa impyerno, sa lumiliyab na apoy, ang mga kawani ng pamahalaan na sangkot sa racket na sex for flight sa Kuwait, Jordan at sa iba pang bansa sa Middle East kung saan maraming mga babaeng OFW ay nag-iistambay sa iba’t ibang dahilan. Ibinulgar ni Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello noong Martes na sa halip […]

June 23, 2013  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Foreign Affairs, Labor  187 Comments

Hindi yata tama gawing legal ang pagpuputa

Inirekomenda ng United Nations Development Program (UNDP) na gawing legal ang prostitution o pagpu-puta para daw maproteksyunan ang mga kawawang puta. Hindi yata tama. Naawa ako sa mga puta dahil hindi talaga kanais-nais na trabaho ang kanilang ginagawa at marami sa kanila ay napipilitan lang para mabuhay ngunit mali yata ang solusyun na paggawa nito […]

October 21, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Health, Labor  29 Comments

P100 million to combat human trafficking

Amidst stories of Filipinos being lured by syndicates to a life of misery and degradation, here’s a silver lining: Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad has granted the request of the Department of Justice for P100 million for the 2013 operations of the Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking. There were fears earlier that the DBM would only […]

July 2, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Justice, Labor, Malaya  10 Comments

More funds needed in fight vs human traffickers

Okay, the Philippines has evaded going back on the Watch List of the United States Department of State’s monitoring of Trafficking of Persons. Considering that the government has intensified export of Filipino workers overseas because it cannot provide jobs for them, continuing to avoid going back in the Watch List is a consolation, however small […]

June 29, 2012  Tags: ,   Posted in: Justice, Labor, Malaya  86 Comments

The Filipino worker today

VERA Files took snap shots of the state of the country’s greatest resource,Filipino manpower, on Labor Day: JENNY Tanael, 47, is a wife of a minimum wage earner and mother of a contractual worker. Her eldest son Juan Paolo keeps on hunting for a job each time his five-month contract in a fast food chain […]

May 6, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Labor, Vera Files  320 Comments

Binawi ang ban ng OFW sa 41 na bansa

Heto na naman. Pumalpak si Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz sa pag-anunsyo na may ban sa pagpadala ng manggagawang Pilipino sa 41 na bansang hindi pumirma sa kasunduan sa Pilipinas para protektahan ang mga Pilipino na nagtatrabaho doon. Ngayon, hindi niya alam kung paano babawiin dahil sa masamang reaksyun ng mga bansang apektado. Sabi niya pansamantala […]

November 5, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Abante, Labor, OFW concerns  20 Comments

Tigilan na ang pagpadala ng domestic helpers sa Middle East

Dapat tingnan ng pamahalaan ang problema ngayon ng ating domestic helpers sa Saudi Arabia na oportunidad para ibahin, o kaya tigilan na ang pagpadala ng domestic helpers sa Middle East. Marami ngayon sa ating mga mahirap na kababayan na may mga kamag-anak na domestic helper sa Saudi Arabia ang nangangamba na mawalan na hanapbuhay dahil […]

July 3, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: Labor, Malaya  10 Comments