Overseas Filipino

Nov. 19, 2010



Filipino Reporter’s San Francisco, California correspondent Cris D. Kabasares, second from right, and wife Nora V. Kabasares, third from right, recently visited the headquarters and hospital facilities of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) in Camp Panacan, Davao City. Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, right, public affairs officer of the EastMinCom escorted the couple. Cabangbang also briefed the Kabasares couple on the current peace and order situation in Eastern Mindanao.


Special to the Filipino Reporter

DAVAO CITY — On Nov. 23, 2009, barbarians in a small province of Maguindanao in Central Mindanao, Philippines, massacred 57 people, including 32 journalists, and hauled the dead with a government-owned backhoe  to shallow slumps in a hasty attempt to dump them.

Nov. 19, 2010




MANILA —  Sen. Loren Legarda is batting for higher compensation for doctors to encourage them to stay and practice their profession in the country.

Legarda noted that a lot of doctors have opted to become nurses in order to secure employment overseas where the salaries and benefits are significantly higher.

Nov. 19, 2010



Lotis Viado, whose family immigrated a few weeks ago, feeding her children at her new home in Winnipeg.  (Photo by John Woods for The New York Times)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Defying the anti-immigrant backlash seen in the United States and much of the world, Manitoba is luring foreign workers to settle here with Filipinos on top of the most coveted groups.

And no one here is protesting given that Canada has little illegal immigration.


Efren Peñaflorida visiting the Filipino Reporter at the Empire State Building in New York City on Nov. 10.

Exclusive to the Filipino Reporter

A year after being hailed as CNN Hero of the Year for his mobile pushcart classrooms that provide street children an alternative to gangs and drugs through education in unconventional places like cemeteries and trash dumps, Efren Peñaflorida Jr. is back in the United States to raise money for the completion of a two-storey building in Cavite City that will give more unfortunate youngsters a chance for a better life.

MANILA, Philippines - After the Manila hostage fiasco, Filipinos aspiring to work in Hong Kong face a new crisis.
Employment agencies in Hong Kong are now threatening to stop the recruitment of workers from the Philippines due to the mandatory insurance requirement.
According to Alfredo Palmiery, Society of Hong Kong Accredited Recruiters in the Philippines (SHARP) president, their counterparts in Hong Kong have expressed their intention to stop the processing of the contracts of Filipino household workers.
Palmiery said recruitment agencies in Hong Kong are strongly opposed to the insurance scheme since it would just be a “redundant cost” for Hong Kong employers.
“At this time Hong Kong employers are already providing insurance coverage to their housemaids that far exceeds the coverage given by the new law,” he pointed out.
Palmiery noted domestic helpers deployed to Hong Kong are covered by a HK$200,00 insurance which amounts to P1.2 million, which is definitely higher than the US$15,000 life insurance offered by local insurers.
“Thus Hong Kong agencies refused any additional insurance expense,” he said.
Palmiery said Hong Kong hires more than 30,000 Filipino workers annually.

Local recruiters also reported that agencies in the Middle East are also opposed to the insurance scheme since they are already giving $25,000 insurance coverage.
The Philippine government is set to enforce a new hiring regulation that would require recruitment agencies to provide insurance for departing workers.
But recruitment leaders said they could not afford the fixed tariff rate of $144 or $72 per year for the compulsory insurance policies offered by various consortiums.

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