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236 distress OFW nurses, medical workers to troop inside the Philippine Consulate to demand action on their complaints against erring employer, OFW group throws support

after being neglected on their legitimate demands against their erring employer, 236 distress OFW Nurses and polyclinic workers in Jeddah, western capital of Saudi Arabia, will be trooping in today inside the Philippine Consulate General offices to demand immediate action on their legitimate complaints against their employer, a migrant rights group said.

Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said that Migrante officers are now in talk with OFW nurses and polyclinic workers working for Al Ansar Hospital located at Al Salama district, Jeddah, after the distress OFWs have sought their assistance.

“They are complaining of non-payment of their salary for 6 months now which they are pursuing to be released immediately amid the impending closure of the hospital, and are demanding that they all be given release papers so that they could look for possible employment,” Monterona quoting one of the OFW nurses, who requested her name to be withheld, during a telephonic conversation about their case.

There are 236 OFWs working in the hospital, but 50% of these are polyclinic workers, while 50% are nurses.


“The OFW nurses have told us that the Governor of Jeddah has already ordered Al Ansar management to release all its affected workers including the OFW nurses and polyclinic medical workers due to its impending closure, but the hospital’s management is not keen on following such order,” Monterona added.

Monterona said out of the 236 OFWs working at Al Ansar hospital and polyclinics, only 59 has been given released papers as of yesterday (1 June 2010) and are still awaiting for the release of their 6 months unpaid salaries.

“But here’s the rub, the Philippine Overseas Labor attaché seems to be paying only lip service on the complaints of the 236 distress OFW nurses and medical workers as until now it has never negotiated the release of the others and especially the unpaid salaries and other entitlement due them,” Monterona said.

Monterona added this forced the 236 OFW nurses and medical workers to decide to troop-in inside the Philippine Consulate General offices in Jeddah this afternoon (1:00pm, Saudi time) to bring their case to the attention of Consul General Ezzadin Tago and demand for its prompt action on their legitimate issues and concerns.

“We deplore the ineptness of Labor Attache Vicente Cabe in handling this case, that instead of giving support and providing guidance and proper representation for the 236 distress Nurses and medical workers who have been harassed by the hospital’s management, he had compromised the rightful demands of releasing the unpaid salaries of the OFW nurses and medical workers, and is slacked in getting the released papers of the OFW nurses and medical workers from their employer-sponsor,” Monterona added.

Migrante-Middle East calls on DoLE Sec. Marianito Roque to remind his labor attaché in Jeddah that he is there at the post to serve and properly represent troubled OFWs in relation to their legitimate labor demands against their erring employers, not to work at the latter’s mercy.

“We would like to convey to President-apparent Benigno Ninoy Aquino Jr. to order his own appointed Labor dept. secretary to replace all inept labor attaches from various labor overseas offices abroad especially in the Middle East,” Monterona ended. (Bulatlat.com)

Reference:
John Leonard Monterona
Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator

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

Filipinos warned against looking for jobs in Macau

Filipino jobseekers, especially those with only tourist visas, were warned Tuesday against seeking work in Macau as the special administrative region is giving priority to local hires.

It is no longer easy to get jobs as walk-in applicants in the region, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said, citing a report from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Macau.

In an article on the Labor Department website, Roque also warned Filipino jobseekers against falling for unscrupulous individuals or entities who may bring them to Macau as tourists with promises of jobs.

Instead of finding jobs, he said these jobseekers may find themselves in dire straits due to the new Macau restrictions against foreign workers.

Roque advised workers to verify first with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) the legality of jobs being offered in Macau.

In 2009, POEA deployed 6,729 OFWs to Macau, most of whom were employed in the tourism sector.

But the Macau government passed the Law for the Employment of Non-residential Workers, or the Law on Imported Labor, to safeguard the employment of local workers and restrict the hiring of migrant workers there.

The new law took effect last April 26.

In its report, the POLO in Macau said the draft administrative regulations complementing the new law have already been submitted to the Macau government’s Executive Council.

In view of the new law, the Macau Federation of Trade Unions (FAOM) presented 10 demands to the Macau Department of Transportation and Public Works to protect local workers and prevent the illegal employment of foreign workers.

The union asked the Macau government to, among others, prevent the hiring of foreign workers in occupations such as drivers and floor supervisors in casinos, and in the industrial and construction sectors as well.

As this developed, the POLO-Macau has consulted the Macau Labor Affairs Bureau for a symposium aimed at orienting the OFWs in Macau on the new law.

Macau, a former Portuguese colony, is one of the two special administrative regions in China, the other one being Hong Kong.

Its economy is based largely on tourism, gaming, and hospitality industry which contribute more than 50 percent of its gross domestic product.

Other chief economic activities in this administrative region are export-geared textile and garment manufacturing, banking and other financial services.

By : JMA, RJAB Jr., GMANews.TV

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, POEA-Advisory,

DepEd, may module na para sa pagtuturo ng sex education; Ilang grupo ng mga guro, suportado ang bagong curriculum

By Jon Ibañez/ABS-CBNNEWS

May module na ang Department of Education (DepEd) para sa pagtuturo ng sex education sa mga estudyante simula sa darating na pasukan sa Hunyo 15.

Sa panayam ng ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), sinabi ni Education Secretary Mona Valisno na maaari itong isama sa health and science subjects kung saan ipaiintindi sa mga mag-aaral sa grade 5 at grade 6 ang mga parte at kasarian ng lalaki at babae.

Ang usapin naman anya na tungkol mismo sa sex ay sa high school na mainam ituro.

Inihayag ni Valisno na 79 public high school sa bansa at ilan din sa elementarya ang unang pagtuturuan ng naturang subject sa darating na school year.

Tiniyak naman ni Valisno na ang pagtuturong gagawin sa mga estudyante ay hindi kontra sa religious belief ng mga Pilipino at makikipag-usap din sila sa religious sectors upang maipaliwanag ang kahalagahan ng sex education.

Samantala, suportado naman ng ilang grupo ng mga guro ang pagsasama ng sex education sa curriculum ng mga estudyante.

Sinabi ng ng mga grupong Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC), Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) at Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers (ASSERT) na seryosong usapin ang sex kaya dapat pagyamanin ang paraan ng pagtuturo nito.

Hindi anila dapat ginagawang biro ang usapin sa sex kaya sang-ayon silang maituro ito sa mga estudyanteng may sapat nang pag-iisip o nasa tama nang edad.

Inihayag pa ng TDC, ACT at ASSERT na ang mga guro ang itinuturing na ikalawang magulang ng mga estudyante kaya natural lamang na maging kabahagi sila sa pagtuturo ng sex education kaysa magmula ito sa mga itinuturing na polluted source gaya ng internet.

Filed under: Department of Education, Education, , ,

Gay ban in Saudi hit

By Wheng Hidalgo/abs-cbnNEWS

MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino lesbian worker hit a memorandum banning members of the third sex from working in Saudi Arabia.

“Dubz” (not her real name) felt bad that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) will not be allowed to gain employment in the Kingdom.

Dubz was supposed to return to Saudi Arabia as a caregiver.

“Masakit sa amin. Discrimination iyon. Kapag kailangan magbuhat kami ang tinatawag, di na inoobliga ang mga lalaki. Trabahong babae kaya namin, trabahong lalaki kaya din namin,” Dubz said.

She, however, still appealed to the Saudi government not to ban LGBT workers in the Kingdom.

It can be recalled that the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Manila issued a memorandum to all its accredited recruitment agencies from accepting gays and lesbian applicants.

The embassy stated that “officials of recruitment agencies who are responsible in conducting interviews of job applicants to Saudi Arabia are strongly advised to screen them thoroughly so that those belonging to the third sex are exhausted.”

Accreditation of agencies with the embassy will be in jeopardy if they fail to strictly implement the memorandum.

“The accreditation of recruitment agencies found to have failed to observe this advisory will be permanently terminated,” the embassy further stated.

For Migrante International, the said order will greatly affect LGBT migrant workers who are working hard in Saud Arabia.

“Sana tignan ng Saudi government kung ano ang contribution ng lesbian at gay sa lipunan nila,” said Migrante International Chairperson, Garry Martinez.

Roland Blanco of ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau reported that Filipinos working in the Kingdom were saddened by the memorandum.

In June 2009, 67 suspected gays were arrested in Riyadh for dressing up in women’s clothes. They were forced to resign for fear of being slapped with charges.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) pinned the blame on those responsible for organizing a gay pageant last March in Riyadh.

“We were told they had one. They were deported,” said OWWA officer-in-charge Vivian Tornea.

OWWA advised LGBT members to be careful and act discreetly.

“They should act in accordance with the culture of the country,” she said.

For those like Dubz who are affected by the ban, OWWA said they could still look for employment in other countries or just set up a business in the Philippines. Report from Wheng Hidalgo, TV Patrol World

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

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