When the global pandemic reached Hong Kong, the once busy streets in Chater Road became quiet. Domestic workers were not allowed to go out and were forced to work longer hours, including Sundays, as their employers were working at home. Others had their contracts arbitrarily terminated.
“We urge you to provide genuine service to our sector and stop taking advantage of the Immigration Department’s new policy to make money from OFWs.”
The family of an OFW who met an accident abroad is determined to make his recruitment agency pay for their negligence.
“Walang katumbas, walang katumbas na salapi. Sinira niya ang buhay namin.” (Money could not repay the suffering this has caused our lives.)
“They brought her to a situation in which she almost died.”
“This is already a crisis. How does this government define a crisis? Do OFWs need to die of hunger first?”
Relatives of overseas Filipino workers and members of the progressive group Migrante International defaced the logo of the Department of Foreign Affairs in a protest action on Mar. 16 as they commemorate the 20th year since the execution of Flor Contemplacion. Contemplacion was a domestic worker in who was falsely accused, detained and sentenced to…
“The OFWs contribute so much to the country’s economy. They call us the modern-day heroes, but they treat us this way. Is this how you treat heroes? POLO-OWWA has the funds, yet they are taking a long time to bring us home?”
KALIBUTAN By CLEMENTE BAUTISTA While meeting with allies and lobbying against the destructive mining operation of UK-listed giant mining corporation Glencore last month, I met some of our kababayans in the United Kingdom. According to Kanlungan, a charity group composed of Filipino organizations in UK, there are an estimated 250,000 Filipinos in UK, of whom…
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Various groups opposed to budget cuts in state universities and colleges (SUCs), health and social services have linked-up with government employees who are fighting against the P800 million ($18 million) slash on the 2012 budget for the country’s judiciary.
I thought, at first, that it was a mere coincidence that I get to hear similar wishes over and over again from families of OFWs in distress. But in the three years that I have been writing issues concerning migrants and OFs, it never fails.