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DepEd nagbabala kaugnay sa tutition increase ng mga pribadong paaralan

By: Jon Ibanez/DZMM Radyo Patrol 35

Nagbabala ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa mga pribadong elementary at high school sa bansa na nagbabalak magtaas ng tuition ngayong school year.

Sinabi ni Education Secretary Mona Valisno na bagamat mayroong deregulasyon na sumasaklaw sa mga pribadong paaralan ay hindi naman maaaring magtaas ang mga ito ng matrikula na hihigit sa 15 porsyento sa kasalukuyan nilang tuition rate.

Inihayag pa ni Valisno na kailangan din munang konsultahin ng mga pribadong paaralan na nais magtaas ng tuition ang mga magulang at mga estudyante na maaapektuhan nito.

Ginawa ng DepEd ang babala matapos humirit ng pagtataas ng tuition para sa school year 2010-2011 ang 78 pribadong elementary at secondary schools sa bansa.Report from Jon Ibañez, Radyo Patrol 35

Filed under: Education, What's Happening Here?,

Bringing Home Our OFWs

By JORGE OSIT/Manila Bulletin

The Social Weather Station (SWS) exit poll conducted shortly after the last elections showed that more Filipinos are optimistic that their quality of life will improve in the coming 12 months; a sentiment reflective of their collective trust in President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III who ran on a reformist platform of waging war on corruption.

Forty nine percent expressed optimism that economic growth will favorably affect their lives. As for economic outlook covering the remainder of this year, 52 percent are optimistic while two percent are pessimistic.

The aforesaid exit poll went beyond more than cold demographics and statistics, it fleshed out the last presidential elections with a human dimension and, to a great extent, it revealed an electorate buoyed by a renewed sense of optimism for the future.

Aside from being the torch-bearer in his vow to weed out corruption, Aquino also made a promise in his campaign platform that if he got elected, he would “create jobs at home so that working abroad will be out of choice, not necessity.”

We must bear in mind that from the pronouncements made by the May 2010 presidentiables, this was so far the closest we could get to the economic agenda of bringing home our overseas Filipino workers.

Admittedly, the incoming Aquino administration will be facing tough challenges ahead—and as the helmsman of the ship of state, Aquino will need all the wisdom, fortitude and persistence to navigate the perilous shoals in the midst of stormy economic times to bring all of us to a safe haven or desired destination.

Looking ahead, it is hoped that our desired destination will translate to reality once the Aquino presidency comes to a close six years from today. It is my dream that bringing home our OFWs will be one of the Aquino legacies and consistent with this dream, I hope and pray that in the farewell State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the future President Benigno Aquino III, his speech will be highlighted with an epic breakthrough in turning back the tide of OFWs.

I have a soft spot for our OFWs, particularly our women migrant workers deployed overseas as domestic helpers (DHs) or, to put it bluntly, maids who are often abused in so many despicable and inhumane ways.

It is a bitter truth that we have to confront; it is a blot on our conscience that will only deepen as we grow calcified in our shamelessness in offering our women OFWs on the altar of Mammon.

It is a sad commentary that, more often than not, our government turns a blind eye to abuses and discrimination suffered by our OFWs in exchange for a steady stream of the much-needed remittances. Undoubtedly, the Filipino diaspora over the years has given rise to a rich trove of foreign currencies that have kept our national economy afloat through difficult times.

Starting as a stop-gap measure during the early Marcos years, the deployment of Filipino migrant laborers grew exponentially and today, about 10 percent of our total national population are spread out across the globe, braving all odds and hardships just to eke out a living for their loved ones and relatives.

Viewed against this backdrop, it can be said—although our government will never officially acknowledge it—that our overseas Filipino workers constitute our country’s no.1 export.

Consider this: Despite the global recession, last year, our OFWs sent home US$17.3 billion which accounted for 10.8 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Interestingly, our OFW remittances have managed to keep increasing despite the economic downturn.

Why? The answer lies in the sheer number of our overseas workers. What started as a trickle is now a rampaging tide of warm bodies aspiring to realize a common dream—to work abroad. Ironically, this “aspiration” of our people is an indictment of our national leaders and economic managers.
They have all failed, on a grand scale, to provide employment opportunities for our people right here in our own homeland. This is one challenge where I hope our brand-new President would make a big difference and, for him to succeed, all hands must be on deck as he steers the ship of state to our desired destination.

Media practitioner and book author Jorge B. Osit began Business Agenda Report four years ago. He looks forward to compiling select pieces for a forthcoming book. For feedback, please e-mail

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

Filipino nurses much in demand

By Syeda Amtul/Saudi Gazette

Saudi Arabia is one of the main destinations for registered Filipino nurses. The Saudi Ministry of Health is the top employer of Filipino nurses here.

The Philippines and the Kingdom have agreed to provide training programs for Filipino nursing graduates intending to work in Saudi Arabia, according to an announcement made by Labor Undersecretary Carmelita M. Pineda during a farewell reception for Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor.

The new initiative was agreed after talks with Ministry of Health (MOH) officials led by Deputy Health Minister Ali Al-Qahtani.

Filipino nursing graduates who go through the training program will be assured of work at MoH hospitals and primary health care centers in Saudi Arabia. Vicente M.Cabe, Labor Attaché at the Consulate General of Philippines in Jeddah, explained that the training program would be equivalent to a six-month work experience in a hospital. Filipino nursing graduate who undergoes the training will need only one-and-a-half years of work experience, because the Kingdom usually requires two years work experience when hiring nurses.

“We have many inexperienced nurses or their experience is not matching the required skill. These nurses can take advantage of this new program,” said M. Cabe.

According to the Labor Undersecretary Pineda, nurses will also be assured of higher salaries compared to the current wages by hospitals and primary health care centers in the Kingdom.
Financial constraints is the main reason for these Filipino nurses to leave their home and hearth to move to Saudi Arabia.

“The main reason for me to choose this country was my financial status. Like many other nurses, I am satisfied with my salary and working atmosphere,” said Bellia Gasecia, a 37-year-old nurse working in a Ministry of Health hospital.

She, however, says that salary structure and work atmosphere varies according to a nurse’s work experience and the employer.

Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia got a salary raise ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent of their current salary in March 2008, depending on the area of specialization, according to POEA (Philippine Overseas Employ Administration).

The current salary of nurses in Saudi hospitals ranges from SR2,500 to SR4,500 a month, based on their experience and the hospital they are employed in. There are nearly 130,000 nurses are currently working in Saudi Arabia. – SG

The following are the main reasons for Filipino nurses to opt for employment in the Kingdom:

• Tax free salaries
• Free furnished accommodation
• Generous annual leave of up to 54 days
• Low cost of living which saving easier
• Yearly round trip ticket
• Free medical coverage
• Suitable multinational environment
• Opportunity to travel
• World class tertiary referral centers.

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs,

First human infected with computer virus

Guys, here’s a British scientist who claims that he has become the first ever person to become infected with a computer virus.  Here’s the video clip of the experiment with an electronic chip that was inserted in to his arm and then infected with a computer virus, any other chips that comes in to contact with the infected chip can also be infected.

Dr Mark Gasson from the University of Reading contaminated a computer chip which was then inserted into his hand.

The device, which enables him to pass through security doors and activate his mobile phone, is a sophisticated version of ID chips used to tag pets.

In trials, Dr Gasson showed that the chip was able to pass on the computer virus to external control systems.

If other implanted chips had then connected to the system they too would have been corrupted, he said.

For more information go to the BBC site (

Filed under: Computer Matters, Internet Security,

Nightmare Continues for Family of Saudi Death Row OFW

Nightmare Continues for Family of Saudi Death Row OFW
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“I have spoken with the Department of Foreign Affairs and other government officials, but it seems nothing is being done,” Jesus Zapanta told UCA News.
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