Monday, December 20, 2010

PEBA honors 10 outstanding OFW blogs | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features

PEBA honors 10 outstanding OFW blogs | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features: "The winners for this year’s Top 10 Outstanding Blogs (OFW Bloggers Category) were: Animus, Kuwait (Top 1); Gremliness, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Top 2); Kayni's Corner Cafe, USA (Top 3); Baul ni Noel, Saudi Arabia (Top 4); ¡Soy Negrense!, Saudi Arabia (Top 5); Journey of a Prodigal Daughter, Macau (Top 6); Gumamela sa Paraiso, Taiwan (Top 7); Deconstructing Dubai, UAE (Top 8); The Journey of my Life, Saudi Arabia and Stay at Home Blessings, Saudi Arabia (Top 9); and Batang Gala, Canada (Top 10)."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Updates Dec 2010

With Korea tension up, OFWs in Taiwan gain from overtime
Inquirer.net
“This new development augurs well for our OFWs in that island-state,” he added. Some 80000 Filipino workers in Taiwan work mostly in electronic assembly ...
An OFW journey with a red couch
GMANews.TV
Dado had just broken up with his Taiwan girlfriend, another Pinay worker Anna ...around that red couch on this Sunday that's precious to every OFW...

GMANews.TV
Pinoy Sunday in a foreign land through rose-tinted glasses
GMANews.TV
OFW Anna (Meryll Soriano) meanwhile is a caregiver, contented with ... ice-cold Taiwan beer on their hands, the loves of their lives in their arms, ...
Transport of sofa tests friendship in 'Pinoy Sunday'
Manila Bulletin
... story of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). Manuel (Epy Quizon) and Dado (Bayani Agbayani) work in an assembly line for bicycles in Taiwan...
No-win conflicts
Manila Bulletin
... by preparing evacuation plans and deferment of OFW employment travel to ... in the Taiwan Strait in previous years by China to satisfy the protesters; ...

Monday, November 29, 2010

latest news

Review of OFW insurance pressed
Manila Bulletin
Migrante-Taiwan chapter chairperson Dave Chang also said OFWs in Taiwan decry the statement of Akbayan party list Representative and chairperson of the ...
Congress urged to suspend compulsory insurance for OFWS
GMANews.TV
Members of OFW group Migrante based in Taiwan also criticized the compulsory insurance provision, saying it discourages and adds heavy burden to prospective ...
OFW gives birth inside toilet
Manila Bulletin
... Philippines – A 23-year-old Filipina worker bound for Taiwan missed her ... another overseas Filipino worker (OFW) leaving for abroad, grabbed hold of ...
Congress asked to review mandatory OFW insurance
Manila Bulletin
... some host countries like Hong Kong and Taiwan as a form of compliance to the law. ...Meanwhile, Baldoz said certification of host countries for OFWs...
OFW gives birth in Manila airport toilet
ABS CBN News
Mary Suzie Campana, 23, from Carcar, Cebu was all set to board a plane to Taiwan when she gave birth in the NAIA 1 lavatory. Janitress Marcy Eta told police ...
Baby girl born in airport toilet
Manila Standard Today
Campania, an OFW in Taiwan, was on a two-week vacation and was supposed to board the flight to resume her contract as a quality control staff of a ...
Cinemanila honors Dolphy with international award
Manila Bulletin
The award-winning film tells the story of Manuel (Epi Quizon) and Dado (Bayani Agbayani), two Filipino OFWs in Taiwan who discover a discarded sofa one ...
DSWD keeps custody of baby born in NAIA toilet
ABS CBN News
Earlier reports said the stepmother of the OFW did not know that she was ... suspicious that the mother was about to depart for Taiwan and would like to ...
We will not return baby to mom, yet - Sec. Soliman
Philippine Information Agency
The mother delivered at the NAIA restroom just before boarding a plane bound for Taiwan where she works as an OFW. The Department requests the media to ...
DSWD boosts info drive amid rise in child abandonment cases
Manila Bulletin
The mother delivered the baby girl at the NAIA restroom just before boarding a plane bound forTaiwan where she works as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). ...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Updates Nov 2010

News8 new results for ofw taiwan
 
Taiwan OFWs seek exemption from new insurance
Manila Bulletin
In a statement, Migrate International – Taiwan chapter chairman Dave Chang asked the Philippine government to exempt OFWs in Taiwan and Hong Kong from the ...
OFWs in Taiwan hit Phl government over insurance fee
Philippine Star
"The minimum wage in Taiwan is NT$17280 and the OFW is left with only NT$5436 in monthly earnings," Chang said. "It would do well that OFWs in Taiwan like ...
OFWs refute POEA's mandatory insurance scheme
OFW News On Web
David Chang, head of the Migrante International Taiwan Chapter, said that with the minimum wage inTaiwanOFW would be left with NT$5436 (equivalent to ...
Baldoz to meet with VP Binay on OFW mandatory insurance
Philippine Information Agency
The provision mandates that every departing newly-hired OFW processed through an ... from Hong Kong and Taiwan and some overseas recruitment agencies in the ...
OFW remittances accelerate in September at 10.6 per cent
Philippine Information Agency
The bulk of the approved job orders was mainly for jobsites in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The POEA also reported that land-based ...
A tiger cub economy in the medium term?
Inquirer.net
The IMF and the World Bank had forecast a 4 percent contraction in OFW ... followed by mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Europe and the United States. ...
Binay pushes for creation of task force vs human trafficking
GMANews.TV
The vice president also pushed for an OFW lounge in airports, where departing migrant ... and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei (Taiwan). ...
Remittances grow at fastest pace this year
Manila Times
... Reporter Remittances from overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in September grew at ... was for job sites in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Taiwan...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Latest news

Taiwanese employers threaten to stop hiring OFWs
Philippine Star
There are about 100000 OFWs employed in Taiwan, most of them employed as factory workers or caregivers. Earlier, employers and Filipino workers in Hong Kong ...
OFWs will still pay for compulsory insurance despite warnings
GMANews.TV
... Taiwan, Brunei, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore will eventually shoulder the ... Moreover, he said, the government has not initiated bilateral OFW ...
Binay to DOLE: Review mandatory OFW insurance
GMANews.TV
In a statement, Binay, who is also the presidential adviser on OFWs' concerns, ... Taiwan subsequently followed suit, after a recruiters' group bared that ...

Monday, November 1, 2010

Three recent articles

Economists say crisis slows remittance growth
ABS CBN News
(reflecting) that the top OFW destinations were not as affected as the rest of ... sent home due to job cuts in host countries (notably Taiwan and the UAE). ...
Crisis continues to haunt OFW families
GMANews.TV
Consolidated data from both agencies revealed some 12117 OFWs reported they were displaced in 2009. Most of them said their employers in Taiwan and the ...

News in Pictures: Hong Kong OFWs Want 'Rude' Labor Attaché Fired
Bulatlat
Salud was formerly an official of MECO in Taiwan. “Labor Attaché to HK Romulo Salud has insulted, neglected, and aggrieved OFWs one time too many and must ...

Bulatlat

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

placement fees

RP agencies scored for 'illegal' rider in Taiwan OFWs' contract
GMANews.TV
According to a CBCP News article, the APMM said the addendum required OFWs to pay 2500 NewTaiwan Dollars (about P3,400) for their food, accommodation and ...
OFWs to Gov't: Address High Placement Fees
Manila Bulletin
The problems of OFW's were raised during the “2010 Regional Parent Education ... These incidents happened in neighboring Asian countries, such as Taiwan and ...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Remittance

Remittance: "SOME PLUNK down cash for tricycles. Others bankroll sari-sari stores. Yearly, overseas Filipino workers remit a hefty $17 billion plus. But “there’s not much evidence” that this infusion of OFW funds has “contributed to real development.” Why?

“Transnational Bridges: Migration, Development and Solidarity in the Philippines” probes for causes. Scalabrini Migration Center and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) published this first of three studies.

The reports sum up two years of research with University of Valencia and Italy’s Fondazione ISMU. “Transnational” straddles 30 provinces, 12 regions, plus Filipino migrants in Spain and Italy. European Union supported the Mapid (Migrant Associations and Philippine Institutions for Development) project."

Monday, August 9, 2010

Remains of OFW in Taiwan repatriated a year after death - Pinoy Abroad - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

Remains of OFW in Taiwan repatriated a year after death - Pinoy Abroad - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News: "The cremated remains of an undocumented overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan were finally repatriated, over a year after she died there of cardiac arrest.

The migrants’ group 'Migrante-Taiwan' said in a statement the body of worker Marilou Sables, a native of Iloilo, was exhumed and cremated on July 31, and was brought to the country on August 7.

The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO), the Philippines’ representative office in Taiwan, confirmed the repatriation of Sables’ remains in a phone interview.

Migrante said the repatriation of Sables’ remains was delayed because of questions about her identity and the supposed unavailability of funds of the MECO."

Monday, July 26, 2010

Aquino told: Stop forced migration, create jobs at home - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Aquino told: Stop forced migration, create jobs at home - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "MANILA, Philippines—Migrante International, an alliance of overseas Filipino workers, families and advocates worldwide, today called on President Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino to make good his promise of stopping forced migration by generating more local jobs.

'Our people are being forced to go abroad out of desperation,' said Garry Martinez, chairperson of Migrante International.

Martinez said that there are currently 11 million OFWs and an estimated 3,800 leaving the country at a daily rate. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recorded 1.9 million OFWs in 2009 alone."

Monday, July 19, 2010

BusinessWorld Online Edition: May remittances hit record $1.6B, raise tally to $7.4B

BusinessWorld Online Edition: May remittances hit record $1.6B, raise tally to $7.4B: "'These are the key factors that support the optimistic outlook for sustained remittance flows through the rest of 2010,' the central bank added.
Citing data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, the BSP said first half job orders totalled 302,844, of which 35% consisted of service, professional, technical and production related positions. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Taiwan accounted for the bulk of this segment."

Monday, July 5, 2010

When an OFW dies abroad: It's costly and complicated - Pinoy Abroad - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

When an OFW dies abroad: It's costly and complicated - Pinoy Abroad - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News: "One of the longest-running repatriation cases on record is already more than a year old, according to data from Migrante. It involves Marilou Sables, an Iloilo native and an undocumented English teacher in Taiwan, who died of natural causes in April 2009."

Monday, June 28, 2010

Humor in OFW film - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Humor in OFW film - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "WI DING HO, A Malaysian living in Taiwan, successfully captures the hilarious plight of Filipino migrant workers in his film, “Pinoy Sunday.” He got noticed with his short film, “Hu Xi (Respire),” which garnered the Kodak Short Film and Young Critics Awards at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival"

Monday, June 14, 2010

Next admin pressed on aid to OFWs - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Next admin pressed on aid to OFWs - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "MANILA, Philippines—As the country marked the 15th Migrant Workers Day on Monday, a former labor undersecretary called on the incoming administration to strengthen its delivery of effective and quicker assistance to distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), many of whom have become victims of human trafficking."

Monday, June 7, 2010

Lessons from thousands of miles away


Lessons from thousands of miles away
By Chao Wai Yee (philstar.com) Updated June 03, 2010 01:33 PM


"Being a child of a modern-day hero, also known as OFWs, taught me a lot of valuable lessons. My mother, being a single parent since I was three years old, worked abroad for eight years in order to raise me and my brother. At first, she worked in Taiwan as a sewer. After her contract in Taiwan ended, she transferred to Saudi where she almost got herself in prison because she fought for her rights. Fortunately, her employer gave her the option to just go back in the Philippines."

More at: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=580979&publicationSubCategoryId=503

Monday, May 24, 2010

Asia structurally dependent on labor migration –analysts | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

Asia structurally dependent on labor migration –analysts | ABS-CBN News Online Beta: "Labor migration for Asia is “not a mom-and-pop story anymore,” Ma. Alcestis Mangahas of the International Labor Organization (ILO) told migration analysts and stakeholders at a recent forum here.

Mangahas, ILO senior migration specialist, said the advancement of labor migration to such level occurred independent of the recent global financial crisis, natural disasters, and political strife that hit Asia in the past three years.

“Migration is no longer ad hoc.”

Hence, Mangahas challenged policy forum participants to face migration squarely, something that an Asian Development Bank paper says is the correct attitude.

This is important since the ADB paper authors noted an “Asian advantage” when migration for work is liberalized —whether within Asia or to other regions of the world by 2012.

But the authors of the 2008 paper “Asian Migration Prospects: 2007-2010” warned officials must be clear of what they want.

“What do labor-sending countries want —higher growth in real GDP [gross domestic product] or higher real incomes for their citizenry?” authors Terrie Walmsley and S. Amer Ahmed posited."

Crisis pushed more Pinoys abroad — analyst | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

Crisis pushed more Pinoys abroad — analyst | ABS-CBN News Online Beta: "Crisis not only brings out the best in people; in the Philippines’s case, it brought out the best people and in droves.

So claims Maruja M.B. Asis of the Scalabrini Migration Center.

At a policy conference organized by the SMC here, Asis said there’s a visible volume of OFWs across all occupational groupings, including production workers, service workers (including domestic workers) and professional and technical workers (the top three occupational groupings of OFWs in 2008).

Hence, she said the year-long increase of migrant worker deployment in 2009 “isn’t surprising”."

Monday, April 26, 2010

Pinoy worker in Taiwan dies in fall accident - Pinoy Abroad - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

Pinoy worker in Taiwan dies in fall accident - Pinoy Abroad - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News: "Arsenio Chua of the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) section of the MECO in Kaohsiung confirmed that Galang entered Taiwan as a caretaker for a Taiwanese man, but was reported to have been instead assigned to another task by his employer, which was to climb trees to gather coconuts."

Monday, April 12, 2010

BusinessWorld Online: Taiwan, Emirates sent home most OFWs

BusinessWorld Online: Taiwan, Emirates sent home most OFWs: "The latest report by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), as of Sept. 30 last year, showed that about 4,428 OFWs from Taiwan were displaced nearly a year after the United States declared its economy in recession.

There is still no updated government report on the country sources of displaced OFWs.

Eleven months after economists pointed to two successive quarters of negative growth in the US, some 1,357 OFWs in the UAE were reported displaced.

The OFWs from Taiwan came from 93 companies in the electronics, metal workers, and semiconductor industries, the POEA report stated.

The report said this was due to companies filing for bankruptcy and retrenching workers as a result.

Majority of the displaced OFWs from Taiwan (4,251) returned to the Philippines, the POEA reported."

Monday, April 5, 2010

Crisis-hit Taiwan, UAE post high OFW displacement | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

Crisis-hit Taiwan, UAE post high OFW displacement | ABS-CBN News Online Beta: "Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates have the most number of overseas Filipino workers displaced by the global economic crisis, while South Korea had the most number of companies with OFW employees affected.

The latest report by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), as of September 30 last year, showed that about 4,428 OFWs from Taiwan were displaced nearly a year after the United States declared its economy in recession.

There is no updated government report, ending December 31, on the country sources of displaced OFWs.

Eleven months after economists pointed to 2 successive quarters of negative growth in the US, some 1,357 OFWs in the UAE were reported displaced.

The OFWs from Taiwan came from 93 companies of that country’s electronics, metal workers, and semi-conductor industries, the POEA report bared.

The report cited this was due to the filing for bankruptcy of these companies and retrenchment of workers.

Majority of the displaced OFWs from Taiwan (4,251) returned to the Philippines, the POEA reported."

Monday, March 22, 2010

David Mitchell Obituary

"Mr. David Mitchell, 66, of Greensboro, unexpectedly departed from this life on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.
A memorial service, celebrating his life, will be held at a later date, which will be announced in next Sunday's (March 28th) edition of the Greensboro News and Record.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the late Riley Franklin Mitchell and Adeline Koller Mitchell, David was a professor at UNCG. He was dearly loved by his family. He was a loving and devoted husband, step-father, and grandfather, who will also be greatly missed by his many good friends and students at UNCG.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 16 years, Ann, of the home; her sons, Dan and Matthew Benner; daughter, Becky Dezern and her husband Ed; grandchildren, Shae, Kayla, Mariah, Chris, Brenna, Alina, and Tara; sisters, Donna Warrington and her husband Tom and Jan Gunderson and her husband Roger; nephews, Hans Doores and Jason Gunderson; aunt Eunice Mitchell; cousins Charlotte Mitchell Smith and Tom Mitchell; sister-in-law Susan Yoakum and her family; and his former wife, Sandra Mitchell.
Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Chapel has the honor of assisting the Mitchell family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberryfhvanstory.com."

PIA Information Services - Philippine Information Agency

PIA Information Services - Philippine Information Agency: "The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), on the other hand, anticipates that work prospects for Filipino overseas workers will continue to be favorable, given the expected opening of new job markets and more opportunities for better-paying work in the next five (5) to 10 years."

Friday, March 5, 2010

"Impact of Global Downturn on Filipina Factory Workers"

Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant Presentation at UNCG


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

OFW problem poses major challenge for next president - Special Reports - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

OFW problem poses major challenge for next president - Special Reports - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News: "They may have brought home the bacon – $17 billion in 2009 or over 10 times bigger than last year's expected foreign direct investment – but more than an economic force, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have evolved into a social phenomenon that the country’s next president needs to resolve decisively."

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fewer jobs for Taiwan OFWs sans RP trade pact 02/11/2010 | 07:48 PM | OFW - Overseas Filipino News

Fewer jobs for Taiwan OFWs sans RP trade pact 02/11/2010 | 07:48 PM | OFW - Overseas Filipino News

If the Philippines fails to take swift action, Taiwan locators that would have established operations in the Philippines may be prompted to move to mainland China due to ECFA’s “magnetized effect.”

“Worse, many overseas Filipino workers in Taiwan will soon be out of jobs as Taiwan factories may move to mainland China after the implementation of ECFA,” Lee warned.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Analyzing OFW remittances in 2009 | Manila Bulletin

Analyzing OFW remittances in 2009 | Manila Bulletin

For the first three quarters, remittances from Asia grew a healthy 16.7 percent. Early on in the recession, many Filipino workers were laid off and returned home from Taiwan, casualties of the electronics industry's slump. Consequently, remittances from Taiwan dropped by 46.1 percent for January to September 2009.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Healthcare, construction top job sources | Manila Bulletin

Healthcare, construction top job sources | Manila Bulletin: "Taiwan was the top destination for production workers despite a slight dip in 2009 for workers in the semi-conductor, metal workers and electronics sectors.Demand for caregivers and caretakers was highest in Taiwan, Israel and the United Kingdom in 2009."

How OFWs cope with crisis under study

How OFWs cope with crisis under study: "The main bulk of the laid-off workers worldwide as of June last year who returned to the Philippines were from Taiwan (4,300) and the UAE (1,400)."

Friday, January 8, 2010

OFW remittance growth may continue slide next year — ADB - Business - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

OFW remittance growth may continue slide next year — ADB - Business - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News: "The growth in money sent home by Filipino workers abroad may slow next year as Asia continues to reel from the slowing global economy, the Asian Development Bank said in a recent study....

The ADB said the profile of Filipinos working and living overseas have changed. Traditionally, it said, the Philippines had sent out low-skilled workers but now, a larger share of migrants comes from the high-skilled sector.

Gender composition of Filipino migrants has also changed. Before, males made up the majority, but with increasing demand for nurses, the share of female migrants has increased significantly."

BSP warned on raising OFW hopes - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

BSP warned on raising OFW hopes - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Taiwan’s special hiring program has only deployed less than a thousand for 2008 compared to the private sector which deployed more than 40,000 factory workers and caregivers.

“Those markets have dried up and only the Middle East countries of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar and Libya where over two million Filipinos are concentrated are steadily increasing remittances flows,” Soriano said.

The recruitment executive, however, warned that the over 200,000 OFWs in Dubai, the second biggest source of remittances this year, were likely to send less next year because of the emirate’s debt crisis.

The BSP earlier said that in the first three quarters of the year, OFWs sent home through banks a total of $12.789 billion, up $516.62 million or 4.21 percent from the $12.273 billion in the same period in 2008"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Brighter OFW prospects in Taiwan seen | Manila Bulletin

Brighter OFW prospects in Taiwan seen | Manila Bulletin: "TAIPEI – At least 40 percent of the 5,000 permanently displaced Filipino workers in Taiwan at the height of the global financial crisis last year are now back to work and prospects for deployment are getting better following a positive outlook for this export-oriented economy.

This was revealed by Philippine labor attaché Reydeluz D. Conferido of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan during a talk with visiting Filipino reporters over the weekend.

“Total deployment has reached 70,000 in all from 60,000 OFWs here last year,” Conferido said.

Of the 70,000 OFWs in Taiwan, 40,000 are engaged in the electronics manufacturing and 20,000 are in social services (caregivers, caretakers, nursing aids, domestic workers) and the others in the construction sector, agriculture and fishery."

Saudi Arabia: Top OFW destination in 2009 | Manila Bulletin

Saudi Arabia: Top OFW destination in 2009 | Manila Bulletin: "As for Taiwan, Manalili said the 22.1 percent decrease in the number of OFW deployed there this year is a manifestation of the global economic crisis.

Early this year, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said Taiwan recorded the highest number of Filipino workers displaced by the global financial crisis.

Roque said at least 4,197 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were laid-off in Taiwan from October 2008 to February 2009."

‘Misleading’ POEA report on OFWs hit | Manila Bulletin

‘Misleading’ POEA report on OFWs hit | Manila Bulletin: "The POEA earlier said the actual OFW deployment for 2009 reached 1.23 million, adding that the global financial crisis has made little impact on the deployment of workers abroad. The total number reportedly increased by 11.7 percent from 1.14 million in 2008.“In reality, seafarers are re-hires since their contracts average to six to eight months and return to their ships again in two to three months. So, therefore, a seaman/woman may be counted twice as a new hire as he/she may leave twice in a year. This may be the real reason why the sea-based sector shows an increase in the number deployed,’’ he explained.months"

Monday, January 4, 2010

Labor Migration in 2009: A Terrible Year to Be an OFW - Bulatlat

Labor Migration in 2009: A Terrible Year to Be an OFW - Bulatlat: "But cases of abuses, contract substitution, among others, have increased, so did the number of distressed OFWs, those in foreign prisons, and the number of dead bodies being repatriated . With 3,700 OFWs now leaving daily to work abroad, excluding undocumented Filipinos, cases of “criminal neglect” of distressed and abused OFWs by government officials and agencies supposedly tasked with protecting Filipinos abroad have also been increasing."