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altMANILA—President Aquino is set to lobby for the implementation of the rights of migrants workers during the Association of Southeast Asian Nation Summit in Bali next week.

In a statement, the Philippines will push for the need to finalize a binding instrument for the implementation of the Declaration on the Protection and Promotion of Rights as soon as possible.

altMANILA – Muling tinalakay noong nakaraang Biyernes ang ipinalabas na resolusyon tungkol sa deployment ban ng mga overseas Filipino worker sa 41 bansa ng mga miyembro ng Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Board. Ang pulong diumano ay sa kahilingan ng Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) na ipagpaliban ang pagpapatupad ng resolusyon habang kinakausap nila ang mga apektadong bansa.

altAccording to the UN, Jonathan Eric Defante, 22, was one of this year’s “Citizen Ambassadors” for suggesting that plastic bottles can be reused to build communities around the world.

Defante’s entry, “One Bottle, One Life,” was picked by a panel of experts from the UN among 600 videos, along with:
  - “In Our Way, In Our Time” by Sigin Rënwa Ojulu, 20, from South Sudan / USA; and
  - “Let’s Empower Youth” by Sergio (Mario) Valdez, 19, from Guatemala.

This year, citizens had to begin with “Excuse me, Mr. Secretary-General” before giving their short statement on what they think “needs to be done to make this world a better and safer place.

altAng bangkay ni Romilyn Eroy Ibañez ay dumating sa Pilipinas noong September 2 mula sa Al-Khobar, eksaktong isang taon matapos itong matagpuang nakahandusay at nali­ligo sa sariling dugo. Makalipas lamang ang ilang oras ay idineklara itong patay ng mga mang­gagamot.

Ngunit ang himutok ni Mira Ibañez, matapos masilayan ang inuwing bangkay ng kanyang kapatid na walang mata at walang dila na hinihinalang pinatay sa Saudi Arabia, ngunit idineklarang nag-suicide ito sa bahay ng kanyang amo sa Al-Khobar. Nagpahayag ng poot ang pamilya ni Romilyn dahil sa hindi na nga kumpleto ang bahagi ng katawan nito ay sunog pa umano, kaya doble ang kanilang paghihinagpis.

Ayon sa doktor na nag-asikaso kay Romilyn, ang dahilan ng kamatayan nito ay sanhi ng mga tama ng saksak at acid ingestion.

Noong Pebrero 16, 2011 ay nakatanggap ang PHL embassy ng kopya ng investigation at forensic reports mula sa Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs kung saan nasasaad ang pagsu-suicide nito.

Umapela ang pamilya ni Romilyn, kasama ang grupo ni Monterona ng Migrante na muling magsagawa ng imbestigasyon ang PHL embassy at umupa ng legal ser­vices ng isang local Shariah lawyer.

 

Ang Pilipinas ay pinagbawalan ang mga Pilipino sa pangingibang bayan para magtrabaho sa halos 41countries na di-umano'y hindi nagbigay ng sapat na mga safeguards upang protektahan ang mga mangagagwa mula sa pang-aabuso.

altNoong nakaraang Miyerkules ang Department of Labor and Employment sa isang board resolution ay nag-post sa kanilang website at sinabing mayroong 41 mga bansang naka-blacklist dahil sa hindi pagpirma ng mga ito sa mga internasyonal convention bilang proteksyon sa mga banyagang manggagawa.

altThe “Diaspora to Development: Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora” was held last September 27-29, 2011 at the Philippine International Convention Center brought together 700 participants from at least 40 countries – outstanding professionals and community leaders – who are representatives of the estimated 8.5 million overseas Filipinos. The conference was spearheaded by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas in partnership with the NaFFAA and USP4GG.

Objectives

The Summit targets the engagement of the overseas Filipino community in priority development projects in the Philippines by tapping into the vast reservoir of expertise and experience they have gained in their countries of residence and employment.  The conference theme:  Diaspora to Development (D2D)– underscores the important role that our overseas Filipinos continue to play in our socio-cultural and economic life.

Specifically, the summit aims to:

a)   Highlight the achievements of Overseas Filipinos in all fields all over the world and to discuss how their resources, skills, knowledge, technology, talents, competencies  could be harnessed systematically and synergistically for the country’s social, cultural and economic development,  with the support, coordination and assistance of the Philippine government  especially through  the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO);

b)   Create, grow  and sustain an “eco-system”/ network of  the leaders of the  Overseas Filipinos’ community, including Filipino youth overseas, working together and communicating with one another ; and

c)    Launch the Commission on Filipinos Overseas’  “Diaspora to Development”or “D2D” institutional program which is holistic and lays down the following permutations/ templates on how Overseas Filipinos can participate or remain engaged in the development  of  the country:

  1. Alay Dunong (Teach-Share)Program
  2. Arts and Culture Exchange (ACE)
  3. Balik-Turo (Brain-Gain)
  4. Business Advisory Circle(BAC)
  5. Diaspora Investment
  6. Diaspora Philanthropy (Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino)
  7. Global Legal Assistance and Advocacy (GLAAD)
  8. Medical  Missions Cooperation
  9. Return and Reintegration (RnR)
  10. Tourism Initiatives

Diaspora refers to the movement, migration or scattering of people away from an established or ancestral homeland. According to Kingsley Aikins, ‘diaspora’ means people living ang working away from their home country but still closely connected to their countries of origin, heritage or interest”. The international Organization for Migration (OIM) defines it as “members of ethnic and national communities, who have left, but maintain links with their homeland”.

altAt least 166 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were found human immunodeficiency virus(HIV)-positive in the seven months to July this year, up 73 percent compared to the 96 diagnosed over the same period in 2010.

 Citing National HIV and AIDS Registry statistics, LPG/MA Rep. Arnel Ty said the fresh cases brought to 1,688 the cumulative number of OFWs known infected with the highly contagious virus that destroys the immune system.“OFWs are exceptionally at high risk of acquiring HIV. Once they are exposed to foreign cultures, they tend to be more sexually active and put their guard down,” Ty said.

 “Commercial sex is also more readily available abroad. In fact, prostitution is legalized some countries that host our OFWs,” he pointed out.

 Unprotected sexual contact remains the predominant way by which HIV is being transferred, according to the World Health Organization.HIVcauses AIDS, or the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, which has no known cure. However, treatments can slow the advance of the disease.

 Ty is author of a House resolution pushing for a wide-ranging congressional review of the 13-year-old AIDS Prevention and Control Law. He has been batting for a bigger budget for AIDS prevention, stronger measures to suppress HIV, and more responsive programs to improve the welfare of the growing number of Filipinos living with the virus.

 “We intend to find out whether the (Philippine) agencies concerned are adequately performing their duties with respect to preventive AIDS education among OFWs,” Ty said.

 Under Republic Act 8504, or the AIDS Prevention and Control Law of 1998, he said OFWs are among the high-risk groups targeted for precautionary education drives.Of the 166 OFWs found HIV positive in the seven months to July, Ty said 85 percent (141) were males and 15 percent (25) were females. All were infected via unprotected sexual contact.

 He said the cumulative 1,688 HIV positive OFWs now comprise 23 percent of all cases in the National HIV and AIDS Registry. Of the 1,688, he said 76 percent (1,286) were males and 24 percent (402) were females. Their median age was 35 years.Since 1984, the National HIV and AIDS Registry has passively detected a total of 7,235 cases, including 1,220 new infections discovered in the seven months to July.             

 

               

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