Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Migrant culture - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Starting in the 1960s, departures included nurses, midwives to specialists: from pediatrics, internal medicine to obstetrics and oncology, said Jaime Galvez Tan, Fernando Sanchez and Virginia Balanon at a University of the Philippines lecture. “A health disaster is impending if nothing drastic is done.” That will take some doing. Eight million Filipinos now live and work in over 190 countries. And about 3,000 leave every day. They’ve “midwifed” today’s “culture of migration… which permeates Filipino society,” Maruja Asis of Scalabrini Migration Center observed. “Migration has become a way of life,” Asis told the East Asian Labor Migration Conference. Eyebrows arch if someone preferred to work here. “The expectation is: you’d like to work overseas, like many Filipinos.”"
Sunday, September 16, 2007
It's A Small (And Changing) World After All | Wise Bread: "It's easy to stick our heads in the sand and say that the answer to 'Life, The Universe, and Everything' is 42. But we all very well know that the world we live in is a constantly changing one, thanks to evolution, industrialization, and the more recent trend and buzzword: Globalization. After reading The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman, my interest in this topic was piqued. At one point or another, and in many cases unbeknownst to us, we have placed a call to customer service and actually spoken to somebody in India. In fact, as I learned from the book (or audiobook as it so happens), working in a customer call centre in India is a coveted position, and training includes adopting the english accents specific to each region of the US and North America. So although the person on the other side of the line may say their name is Andy and sound like he is from Georgia, he could very well be Ajeet and only have a vague knowledge of where Georgia is."
Monday, September 3, 2007
Filipino Migrants Mount Global Protests for ‘Beloved Hero’ | Bulatlat: "In Taiwan, members of Migrante International-Taiwan chapter, Labor Rights Association and Taiwan Committee for Philippine Concerns (TCPC) held a rally on September 2 at the Dutch Trade Office in Taipei. The groups said that the arrest diverts the attention of the public in the Philippines and abroad regarding the gross human rights violations of the Philippine government. Some members of the TCPC have joined fact finding missions in the Philippines against human rights violations."
The Manila Times Internet Edition | OPINION > The Achilles’ heel of RP’s migration program: "The Achilles’ heel of RP’s migration program Of the estimated 8 million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) worldwide, women, who outnumber the men, are the most vulnerable to employers’ abuse and exploitation. They are the Achilles’ heel of the country’s migration program. Female OFWs have spread all over the globe to find work. Nurses and caregivers abound in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and other rich nations suffering from the acute shortage of medical workers. South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore teem with women factory workers. Domestic helpers are found in Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Italy and the Middle East. Many DHs are exposed to employers’ maltreatment, nonpayment or underpayment of salary, contract substitution, long working hours and sexual abuse. The videoed rape of “Melissa,” a maid in Saudi Arabia, by her employer, underscores the impunity with which depraved employers treat their Filipino maids."
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Year: 2007 - Volume: 4 - Issue: 1