"OFW SUMMIT NOW," IS PROPOSED BY AKO OFW INC. TO DOLE SEC TO SOLVE ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT
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AKO OFW INC. STRONGLY PROPOSES TO THE DOLE SECRETAY TO HOLD AN OFW SUMMIT NOW TO SOLVE THE ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT AND VARIOUS OTHER PROBLEMS OF OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS.
TO ONCE AND FOR ALL SOLVE AND RESOLVE ALL PROBLEMS WHICH AFFECT AND HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON THE OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKERS (OFW), AKO OFW INC. HAD RECENTLY PROPOSED TO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT (DOLE) SECRETARY SILVESTRO "BEBOT" HERNANDO BELLO III THE CONDUCT OF AN OFW SUMMIT.
"OFW SUMMIT NOW," THE ARDENT AND URGENT CALL OF AKO OFW INC., THE OFWS THEMSELVES AND OTHER OFWS WELFARE CRUSADERS.
THIS OFW SUMMIT, AS CONCEPTUALIZED AND SPEARHEADED BY AKO OFW INC. IS A MOMENTOUS GATHERING TO COMPREHENSIVELY AND THOROUGHLY DISCUSS THE HISTORY OF OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT, DEFINE THE SCOPE, STATISTICS AND NETWORKS OF INDIVIDUAL OFWS, THE RECRUITMENT AGENCIES, FOREIGN COUNTERPART OFFICES, THE INVOLVED PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND OTHER CONCERNED STAKEHOLDERS PLUS THE NON - GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLES' ORGANIZATIONS ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE AND REFORM IN SAID DEPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT OF OVERSEAS WORKERS AND FOR THE OFWS' BENEFITS, INTERESTS, RIGHTS AND WELFARE.
ADVOCATES AND KEEPERS ORGAZATION OF OFWS (AKO - OFW) INC.'S NATIONAL PRESIDENT IS MS. MARCIA SADICON WHO IS NOW IN THE PHILIPPINES WHO COULD EFFECTIVELY COORDINATE AND EFFICIENTLY COMMUNICATE WITH DOLE PEOPLE AND AT THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT REGARDING THE PROGRAMS AND MECHANICS OF THE OFW CONGRESS.
THE INITIATIVE OF AKO OFW INC. HAS TIMELY COME OUT WHEN recently DOLE had issued Department Order (DO) 185 - 17, re: Suspension of acceptance and processing of all new application for Overseas Employment Certificate for all Overseas Filipino Workers including direct hire workers.
The said DO states, "In view of the pertinent reports of illegal recruitment activities including direct hires, and in order to protect the public from the pernicious activities of certain unscrupulous individuals preying on Filipinos desiring to work overseas, the acceptance and processing of all new applicants for Overseas Employment Certificates for all Overseas Filipino Workers, including direct hire workers are hereby suspended."
"Excluded from the coverage of this suspension are those workers who are being hired by international organizations and members of diplomatic corps which includes members of royal families and sea - based recruitment agencies."
"Meanwhile, an investigating team will conduct an investigation to get to the root of this malfeasance and will submit their official findings and recommendations."
"This Order shall be implemented by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency for compliance by all land - based private recruitment agencies."
"This Order shall be effective for 15 working days from 13 November to 01 December 2017 subject to extension as circumstances may require."
"SIGNED: SILVESTRE H. BELLO III
Thus, in a deeply concerned and intelligenty worded letter dated 10 November 2017, AKO OFW INC. VICE CHAIRMAN LAWYER P. VALDERAMA has expressed and extended this missive:
"SEC. SILVESTRO BELLO III
Department of Labor and Employment
"I write in behalf of AKO OFW, INC., a non -governmental organization primarily organized to serve our migrant workers as well as entities that help them."
"This refers to your Department Order No.185 Series of 2017 suspending the issuance of OECs for all OFWs and direct hires until after the termination of the POEA investigation. It came as a surprise to us because of its far -reaching effect to our OFWs but we are very thankful for hearing the clamor of stakeholder and for softening its impact by issuing Memorandum Circular No. 10, Series of 2017."
"We are one with your office in weeding out the evils of illegal recruitment and we fully support your drive towards eradicating the same. While your Memorandum Circular No. 10, Series of 2017 is a welcome respite, however, we would like to make it known to your office of our position that the suspension of the processing of OECs for a very long period will be counter productive and will gravely affect the very people you uphold to protect."
"There are many legitimately hired applicants with visas and contract and who have spent for their medical exams (skilled) and are ready for OEC processing under their accredited Job Order. We believe that your office should not jeopardize their employment opportunity and break their hopes. Most of them have gone through all the trainings, medical exam, with contracts and visa and are all at the accommodation or halfway houses of their respective LICENSED AGENCIES. Their monthly installment of their OFW loans is now going to start. Should we also break their hearts and leave them frustrated? Majority of them is that this overseas employment, which you suspended for processing, is their last straw of hope to have a decent paying job abroad.
We believe in you but we think the suspension of OEC processing for a longer period is not the right approach. It is our sincere request to make the suspension of OEC processing for a very short period and instead call for an OFW Summit that would address the grave concern of illegal recruitment. It is our humble request that our OFWs be given the opportunity to voice out their grievances against illegal recruitment by exchanging ideas, determining its root causes and collating suggestions from all stakeholders. In this way, we will have a holistic approach on the problem and once and for all solve this problem besetting our OFWs.
"The foregoing is most respectfully submitted for your consideration."
"Very truly yours,"
SIGNED: ATTY. MARLON P. VALDERAMA
Vice-Chairman – AKO OFW, Inc.
Meanwhile, DOK CHIE UMANDAP, the Founder and incumbent Chairman of AKO OFW INC., declared this piece:
"Mawalang galang na Sec.Bello."
"Hindi po ang pag - suspend ng processing ng OEC ng legitimate J.O ang tamang solusyon at hakbang."
"Marami na po kaming ipinadalang pangalan ng mga Illegal recruiters na nasa United Arab Emirates (UAE) sa inyong opisina. Marami na rin po tayong napauwi na mga biktima ng mga illegal recruiter mula sa nasabing bansa na UAE."
"Dapat sana ang mga naendoro namin na cases sa inyo ay sinasalubong sa airport at pinagpapagawa agad ng mga complaint affidavit para mai - file sa DOJ ang mga kaso at mapasuspende (revoke) ang mga passport ng mga Pinoy na mapapatunayang mga illlegal recruiters."
"Idagdag pa natin...WALA PA PONG KAMING NABABALITAAN NA NAKIPAG - UGNAYAN ANG ATING POLO AT PHILIPPINE EMBASSY SA UAE POLICE para isagawa ang kaukulang raid sa mga hostel na ginagawang kulungan ng mga kaawawang biktima. Wala pa rin pong nababalita na nakulong na mga illegal recruiter mula sa UAE nang dahil sa pakikipag - ugnayan ng mga opisyales ng nasabing mga ahensya ng ating pamahalaan sa mga awtoridad ng UAE."
"AT HIGIT SA LAHAT, WALA PA PO KAMI NABABALITAAN NA NAHULI AT NAKULONG NA MGA IMMIGRATION OFFICERS MULA SA NAIA AT CLARK (internationally airport) na nagpapalusot ng mga WILLING VICTIMS ng mga illegal recruiters."
"HUWAG po sana gagamitin na katuwiran na kasi wala naman nagpa - file ng mga kaso, kasi ang dapat po 'yung mga napauwing biktima ng mga illegal recruiters ay sinasalubong sa airport para sila ay iasiste (o alalayan) at maimbestigahan (mapagkalooban ng payong - legal) at ang DOLE na mismo, kung kinakailangan ang mag - file ng mga kaukulang mga kaso."
With the foregoing, herein OFW SERBISYO founder/ petitioner, TIRSO NIEVA PAGLICAWAN, JR., in his capacity as an OFW WELFARE ADVOCATE, is completely and firmly in support of the AKO OFW INC.'s initiative to hold the first ever OFW SUMMIT at the most opportune time under the present administration of President Rodrigo "Digong"Roa Duterte who most intently professed his genuine concern to the OFWs and their families on year 2016 election and specially during the campaign sorties.
As this noble undertaking is pioneered by AKO OFW INC., said organization must be the lead organizer of the subject OFW SUMMIT in close coordination with DOLE and the OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT and shall encourage and invite all leaders and selected members of NGO and peoples' organizations which have shown concrete and non - intermittent concern and with untarnished track records of helping distressed OFWs [WITH THE EXCEPTION or EXCLUSION of the topmost leader/ founder and some of his website administrators of OFW KAMI SA GITNANG SILANGAN (KAPIT -BISIG) [OFW K SGS (KB)] who sadly and unfortunately had shown not negligible bias in favor of (or an apparent liaison) to a certain SUSAN PERALES, the reported "REIGNING QUEEN OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE MIDDLE EAST"] at the most critical time when OFW AILENE ALARCON DOMINGUES had been being held "captive" and "hostage" by said "HUMAN TRAFFICKING REIGNING QUEEN" SHARON PERALES AND THE ARABIAN POLICEMAN EMPLOYER of OFW Domingues.
The founder and some of his site admins of OFW K SGS (KB), an OFW network have already unfortunately forgotten the very essence and reasons of their own existence: which are TO DEFEND, PROTECT, SAVE, CARE FOR, LOVE, BE OF SERVICE TO FELLOW OFWS DURING WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCES AND NOT TO SIDE OR CONSPIRE WITH ANYONE (RECRUITMENT AGENCY OR EMPLOYER OR WHOEVER) TO DEPRIVE THE OFWS AND THEIR FAMILIES OF THEIR INTEREST, CLAIMS, RIGHTS AND OTHER PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS FOR THEIR UPLIFTMENT AND BENEFIT.
IT IS THIS REASON AND PREMISE THAT THESE PEOPLE OF THIS PARTICULAR OFW GROUP ARE UNWELCOME IN THIS OFW CONGRESS.
ASIDE FROM SELECTED PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHICH ARE IN THE FIRST PLACE, PURPOSELY CREATED, ENGAGED AND MANDATED TO PROTECT THE OFWS AND PROMOTE THEIR WELL BEING, IT IS OF UTMOST NECESSITY AND IMPORTANCE TO INVITE IN THIS OFW SUMMIT the OFW WELFARE ADVOCATES who have kind heart and honest concern for the OFWs and their families.
With sterling relentless pattern of extending assistance to OFWs, they are deserving and entitled to a seat and an apportioned time to speak during this once in a lifetime OFW CONGRESS and these include MS. JOY PACANTE who all - out and selflessly helped "rescued" OFW AILENE ALARCON DOMINGUES, the OFW who was held "captive" and "hostage" while gravely sick of an undetermined illness by an Arabian policeman employer in conspiracy with the said conscienceless "Reigning Queen of Human Trafficking in the Middle East."
WITH MS. PACANTE, TO BE SPECIALLY INVITED AS WELL DURING THIS OFW SUMMIT ARE MS. AIKO YLARA AND A CERTAIN ABBY WP WHO HAVE IN SEVERAL INSTANCES HAVE SHOWN THEIR UNWAVERING CONCERN TO FELLOW OFWS WHO ARE VICTIMS OF INJUSTICE IN THE FOREIGN LANDS.
LIKEWISE TO BE INVITED DURING THIS HISTORIC OFW CONGRESS ARE MEN AND WOMEN OF PROVEN PROBITY AND WITH UNBREAKABLE BLUEPRINTS, THREADS AND UNTARNISHED TRACK RECORDS OF UNCONDITIONALLY, CONSISTENTLY AND CONTINUOUSLY HELPING THE OFW SECTOR NAMELY "SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY" ADVOCATE BERTITO "BERT" DELMUNDO HASHIMOTO, ICON HOTEL CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MANAGER BAE JENNIFER PIA "LIMPAYEN" SIBUG - LAS, CONGRESSIONAL SPOUSES FOUNDATION INC. PRESIDENT EMILITA "EMILY" APOSTOL - ALVAREZ, JBDC OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANCY (OHSEC) GROUP OF COMPANIES COUNTRY MANAGER JOGEE G. DELA CRUZ, SQUARE AND COMPASS SECURITY AGENCY CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER VINCENT BAUTISTA BAYAUA, LIBERTY INSURANCE CORPORATION SPECIAL GROUP ACCOUNTS MANAGING DIRECTOR ROLANDO E. ESTRELLA, HIS EXCELLENCY SULTAN MUDARASULAIL A. KIRAM, SENATOR CYNTHIA A. VILLAR AND OTHERS WHO ALSO POSSESS GENUINE HEART AND READILY, WILLINGLY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY HELP THE FILIPINO WORKERS IN THE OVERSEAS.
This OFW SUMMIT must as well be attended by as many victims as possible.
OFWS VICTIMS, BEFORE AND AT PRESENT OF MALTREATMENT, ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION must full force participate in the formulation of safety mechanism to eradicate illegal recruitment and other forms of human trafficking in this OFW CONGRESS.
They shall also give suggestions to establish programs and projects for OFWS and families.
HERE IS ONE CLASSIC ACCOUNT OF TRAGIC EXPERIENCE OF A CERTAIN "BALDESCO ORTIZ JOY: "totoo po yan at naging biktima din ako ng human trafficking ng Dalawang agency dyan sa dubai una agency En wan agency sa bandang diera pinasa nila ako sa Al ain agency ibinibenta nila ako 20 Thou AED hanggang sa nagpabalik ako ng Dubai dahil ayoko talaga sa bundok ng al ain kea kinuha uli ako ng enwan ng gabing nasa agency na ako ng enwan kasamahan naming nurse hold nila tinatago at confiscated ang lahat ng phone ng tourist visa doon at sa tuwing may immigration na pupunta doon tinatago kme sa mga bahay ng namamahala ng agency c hussam ...hanggang ang isang nurse na ellegal na kinuha ng agent sa pinas may hide na isa pang phone tinago sa puwitan sa ilalim para di ma confiscated ay tumawag sya sa numero ng 999 ata yon within 30 minutes madaming pulis pumunta kinuha nila mga tourist na elleggal na dinala doon 7 kme hindi kinuha ng pulis dahil employment na pla kme under name ng may ari ng agency kea nilipat kme sa brother company sa kabila ng diera din sa lahilira ng clock tower yon na under local visa ako ng Dubai ang agency ng Al wasset bininta ako sa iranian kea napunta ako iran kinuhanan nila ako tourist visa sa iran at pinalabas nila sa immigration na magbabakasyon lang amo kong local sa iran kasama kme ng isa pang pinay pero hindi totoo yon dahil ang magiging amo namin iran citizens sa madaling sabe nakarating kme iran ng estimate ko na matatapos na tourist visa ko umayaw ako sa amo ko sa iran sabe k ibalik nyo ko dubai dahil my residence visa ako sa dubai di na ako nagtrabaho hanggang kinulong ako sa basement at 4 na malaking aso nkabantay at 2 security guard kinaumagaha binalik nila ako dubai at nagkasama rin ulit kme ng isa pang pinay dahil ng nalaman nya na wala na ako di na rin cya nagtrabaho at umiyak ng umiyak ..pag dating namin airport ng Dubai di kme lumabas ng airport lumabas kme ng wala ng tauhan ng agency nag run away na kme ng kasama ko after a week nagsurrender ako sa Al awir immigration kung saan stay ako isang buwan doon para ilaban ang case ko against agency yon nga 5 consecutive hearing ako sa Dubai court at mga statement sa police at prosecutor sa loob ng immigration hindi sumipot Yong agency kea dismiss ang case na labas cla ng papel galing court na isara ang agency ang al wasset agency kea dalawang agency nasara dahil sa mga pilipina ,,, sa totoo lang nakakaawa talaga mga pilipina tinatago ng mga agency pagkain noodles at patatas lang takot yong mga baguhan
kea advise ko lang sa mga tourist visa at may plano pumunta UAE ipaglaban ninyo karapatan ninyo lalo may sapat kayong katibayan at kea nyo e depensa sarili ninyo sa batas ng arabo."
ISANG PANAWAGAN SA MGA OFWS AT KANILANG PAMILYA NA PUMIRMA SA PETISYON NA ITO PARA MAPAKINGGAN TAYO NI DOLE SEC. BELLO AT NI PANGULO DUTERTE NA MAGSAGAWA NG OFW SUMMIT SA LALONG MADALING PANAHON.
PAKIUSAP DIN ITO SA MGA TAGAPAGTAGUYOD NG MGA OFWS NA MAGSIPAGLAGDA RIN LAHAT TAYO SA PETITION NA ITO.
Nagbubuo o nag - oorganisa ng OFW SUMMIT ang samahan ng mga OFW na nagmamalasakit sa kanyang mga kapwa OFW.
PAPAGSASAMASAMAHIN ANG LAHAT NG MGA ORGANISASYON NA TUNAY NA RESPONSABLE AT MAKATOTOHANANG NAGMAMALASAKIT SA MGA OFW.
SA NAPAPANAHON AT NAPAKAHALAGANG KONGRESO NG MGA OFW NA ITO, ISA SA MGA PLANO NA SANA AY MAKAPAG - UUSAP ANG LAHAT NG MGA NAGING BIKTIMA NG MGA ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT, KIKILANLIN ANG MGA ILLEGAL RECRUITERS, MAGHAHANAP NG MGA PARAAN KUNG PAPAANO SOSOLUSYUNAN ANG KANSER NA ITO NG ATING LIPUNAN AT PAPAANO TUTULUNGAN ANG MGA NASABING MGA BIKTIMA AT ANG KANILANG MGA PAMILYA GAYUNDIN KUNG PAPAANO PALAGIAN AT TULUYANG MASUSUGPO NA ANG HUMAN TRAFFICKING NA ITO SA ATING BANSA.
ISANG PANIMULANG HAKBANGIN ITO UPANG AGAD NA MATUGUNAN AT KAGYAT NA MAAKSYUNAN ANG LUMALALA AT LUBHANG NAKAKAALARMA NG MGA SULIRANIN NA ITO NG ATING MGA KAPWA FILIPINONG NAGTATRABAHO AT NANINIRAHAN SA IBANG BANSA.
SA GAGANAPING OFW SUMMIT NA ITO, GAGAWA NG LAHAT NG MGA PAMAMARAAN ANG AKO OFW INC. UPANG MAGHANAP AT MAGLATAG NG MGA DESISYON AT SOLUSYON SA NASABING SITWASYON NG ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT SA ATING BANSA.
KAAGAPAY O KATULONG NG AKO OFW INC. ANG MGA INDIBIDWAL AT ORGANISASYON AT MAKIKIPAG - UGNAYAN DIN ANG AKO OFW INC. SA MGA PILING - PILI O SINALANG MGA MATATAPAT AT MAPAGMALASAKIT SA KAGALINGAN AT KAPAKANAN NG MGA OFW NA MGA OPISYALES AT TAUHAN NG MGA TANGGAPAN NG ATING PAMAHALAAN NA NAGTATAGUYOD NG OFW SUMMIT NA ITO.
ANG AKO OFW INC. AY NANANAWAGAN DIN NA MAKASAMA, MAKALAHOK AT LUBOS NA NAKIKIUSAP NA MAKIPAGTULUNGAN ANG MGA BIKTIMA NG ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT SA NAKATAKDANG OFW CONGRESS NA ITO.
SAMANTALANG KABILANG DIN SA MGA IIMBITAHAN ANG MGA NATATANGING INDIBIDWAL NA MAY ADBOKASIYA AT NAGPAKITA NA NG MGA KONGRETO, KOMPREHENSIBO AT SINSERONG PAGTULONG SA SEKTOR NG OFW.
INAASAHANG SA PAMAMAGITAN NG OFW SUMMIT NA ITO AY MATUTULUNGAN NANG LIGTAS NA MAKAUWI NA SA PILIPINAS (AT MABAYARAN ANG MGA BENEPISYO AT DANYOS PERWISYOS) ANG MGA MAPAPATUNAYANG BIKTIMA NG ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT AT IBA PANG MGA MASASAMANG KARANASAN DAHIL SA MGA INSIDENTENG ITO NG HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
ANG MGA PILING PERSONALIDAD NG MGA AHENSYA NG PAMAHALAAN NA NILIKHA PARA MAGTAGUYOD SA KAPAPAKANAN NG MGA OFW AY MASUSING PAG -AARALAN ANG PARTISIPASYON SA GAGANAPING OFW SUMMIT NA ITO.
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