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Monday, April 30, 2012

35 OFWs arrive from Syria

A TOTAL of 35 Filipinos from strife-torn Syria yesterday arrived in the country after availing of the Philippine government’s mandatory repatriation program.

On hand at the NAIA to assist the Filipino nationals, mostly overseas Filipino workers, were members of the repatriation team under administrator Carmelita Dimzon of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), who said that the mandatory repatriation program was raised last December 4.

Dimzon said the release of the workers from their respective employers was made possible by the negotiating team of the government composed of officials from Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Labor and Employment and the OWWA.

The “exit clearances” were granted to the workers after the employers agreed to allow them to leave the strife-torn country, she said, adding that the Filipino workers who are opting to avail of the repatriation program have been trickling down at the Philippine Embassy in Damascus.

Aside from assisting the workers through immigration and customs formalities, the OWWA team also offered them temporary shelter at the OWWA halfway home in Pasay City as well as assistance in their transportation to their respective provinces. Itchie G. Cabayan


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pinoy nurse in UK caught attacking Alzheimers patient

A 30-year-old Filipino nurse — Jonathan Aquino — was caught on a hidden camera attacking an 80-year-old Alzheimer's patient in the United Kingdom, a report of the news site Daily Mail said.

Suspecting that her mother was being abused, the daughter of patient Maria Worroll, a retired school canteen manager, placed a hidden camera in her mother's bedroom in a home care institution, the report said.

Aquino, who had no previous convictions, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for "dreadful breach of trust."
The Daily Mail said Jane Worroll, 30, captured "harrowing" images showing how Aquino struck her mother Maria on the face "before slapping her arms repeatedly."

Aquino was also seen striking the victim in the stomach area four times on June 21, 2011 in
Kentish Town, North London.

Upon learning that his actions were caught on camera, Aquino was apologetic, the report said.

Aquino, who had an 18-month-old daughter, was later dismissed from his job.

Jane said somebody as vulnerable as her mother should not have to suffer unprovoked attacks at the hands of her supposed carers.
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Monday, April 16, 2012

After 11 Years In Jail The OFW Is Ready To Go Home

In a news report from the GlobalNation, Rodelio Lanuza, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) will soon come back to the Philippines after being jailed for almost 11 years in Saudi Arabia.

According to Migrante International the Saudi Reconciliation Committee (SRC) has given Lanuza freedom after his friends and family had raised the blood money to compensate the family of the man he killed.  The blood money amounts to P35 million.

Wikipedia defines Diyya as a is financial compensation paid to the heirs of a victim. In Arabic, the word means both blood money and ransom
"We are very happy for Dondon and the Lanuza family. All our efforts have not been in vain, and we attribute this mainly to Dondon’s fighting spirit and the collective efforts of friends, supporters and family,” said Garry Martinez, Migrante International chair.

"If not for these, the Philippine and Saudi governments would not have given proper attention to Dondon's case,” he added.

Lanuza was sentenced on the year 2000 for killing a Saudi man.  However, he maintained his innocence saying that the only reason why killed the man was for self defense.

According to Migrante International website there are still 122 Filipinos on death row abroad.  Migrante International is handling eight cases including the case of Lanuza.

* picture was taken from Migrante International

Monday, April 9, 2012

OWWA urges OFWs to undergo proper documentation

Filipinos who have plans to go abroad must follow proper procedures to be properly documented as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) region 2 Regional Director Robert Bassig urged the public.

The pronouncement of the director was made during the media conference at the Philipine Information Agency (PIA) region 2 as he admitted that the challenge is still posted on undocumented OFWs in different countries in the world, working in different field using only tourist visa or directly hired without proper doceuments.

He explained that despite the series of calls the government made in different countries where most of undocumented OFWs were arrested, tried, and jailed, there are still a number of undocumented workers.

"In the documents we have, there are countries where majority of OFWs are undocumented versus those who are documented. This is a great challenge to us, especially so that we are facing problems in countries having internal difficulties; here, undocumented Pinoys will be having challenges. We therefore urge them to always follow proper procedure in going abroad," Bassig stated.

He said one of the challenges also during these times is to convince the OFWs to come home in times of forced reptariation, however, there are also things to consider in the descision of the workers abroad which the governement should respect. Despite this, Bassig confidently stated that the Philippine government is prapared to manage any eventuality to where Filipinos are working. (TCB/OTB-PIA-2)

source: PIA