Archives For OFW’s

Jessica Soho

Jessica Soho

Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

I JUANDER Susan Enriquez

I JUANDER Susan Enriquez

I JUANDER Cesar Apolinario

I JUANDER Cesar Apolinario

Philippine broadcast giant GMA Network delivers the latest news and information from the country straight to Hong Kong with the launch of its international news and public affairs channel, GMA News TV International, through the carrier now TV beginning June 2.

 

“This year marks GMA International’s 10th year of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home,” says GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “As we celebrate this milestone, we continue to uphold our commitment to bring quality Kapuso programming to a wider audience,” he adds.

 

Powered by the Philippines’ most trusted news and public affairs team, GMA News TV International is the top choice to meet the Filipinos’ demand for complete, accurate, and credible news from home, provided by the Network’s multi-awarded news personalities and top-rated programs.

 

Among these are its flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, hosted by Peabody award winner and highly regarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, which features in-depth analyses on current issues.

 

The only show of its kind currently on Philippine TV – Investigative Documentaries, hosted by Malou Mangahas solidly follows the paper trail behind issues every week. Investigative Documentaries assesses the performance of political clans, studies the impact of government policies and investigates corruption.

 

Powerhouse, hosted by award-winning journalist Kara David, gives the public never before seen access into the private lives – and homes – of the country’s most powerful individuals.

 

I Juander led by Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario, has captured viewers’ hearts with its unforgettable social experiments and its entertaining discussion of Filipino culture, food, traditions and superstitions.

 

Game-changing weekend documentary programs Reel Time and Front Row tackle poverty and social ills, telling the raw stories of the subjects themselves, using no hosts or voice-overs.

 

Moreover, GMA News TV International offers live telecasts of the latest news coverage and breaking news from the Philippines.

 

With this new launch, GMA International, the business unit that manages the operation and distribution of GMA’s international channels, strengthens its partnership with now TV and distributes GMA Pinoy TV, GMA’s flagship international channel, and GMA Life TV, GMA’s international lifestyle channel, in Hong Kong.

 

Ms. Loke Kheng Tham, PCCW’s Executive Vice President of Pay TV, said: “We are delighted to provide Pinoys in Hong Kong with their favorite home country channels exclusively on now TV, as part of the Filipino Pack.” She added: “Now TV is Hong Kong’s largest pay-TV provider, offering more than 190 top-class channels to 1.2 million customers. Adding GMA News TV International to our lineup further demonstrates now TV’s commitment to providing all customers with a wide range of content choices. On this occasion, we are very pleased to serve Hong Kong’s Pinoy community with comprehensive Filipino programming.”

 

The GMA channels are included in The Filipino Pack, which is priced at priced at HKD 108 per month. GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV are also available for individual subscription. To subscribe, interested parties may call 2888 0008 and press 2 or visit www.nowtv.now.com

 

Kapuso viewers abroad can catch the latest updates from GMA International channels by visiting the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

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From left to right: (seated) GMA VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, (standing) GMA Network AVP & Marketing Head for GMA International Robert Scott P. Dolina, POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes, and GMA International Marketing Manager Patricia B. Gutierrez

From left to right: (seated) GMA VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, (standing) GMA Network AVP & Marketing Head for GMA International Robert Scott P. Dolina, POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes, and GMA International Marketing Manager Patricia B. Gutierrez

GMA Network, through its international business unit GMA International, supported the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in its celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day at the POEA office in Mandaluyong City on June 6.

“GMA International salutes all overseas Filipino workers who continue to bring pride to our country and we support POEA’s advocacy of extending much-needed services to our kababayans abroad,” expressed GMA Network VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the POEA.”

With the theme, “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng OFW”, overseas Filipino workers who visited the POEA office were treated to welfare and health services as well as livelihood assistance from various government agencies and private stakeholders.

 

“GMA Network has been one of our active partners in advancing the interests of OFWs. It has likewise been a big help in disseminating information to the public about our services and programs and in our campaign against illegal recruitment and trafficking in person,” says POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes.

 

Through its existing partnership with the POEA, GMA Network donated television sets to POEA offices all over the country in order to provide comfort and relaxation to visiting OFWs and give them access to quality entertainment and responsible news delivery through GMA programs.

 

Visitors were able to avail of free polio vaccination, medical consultations, as well as medicines and vitamins, courtesy of the Department of Health, the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) and POEA’s medical clinic association partners. Government agencies such as SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG Fund and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) also provided information on their respective programs and services while POEA lawyers offered free legal assistance.

 

Moreover, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Association (OWWA) catered to concerns on the many programs and benefits that it offers its members around the world. Through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Filipinos returning permanently to the Philippines were presented with livelihood and entrepreneurship programs. Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) had a demonstration of the different skill sets offered by its accredited technical vocational institutions. Interested individuals who visited the different booths availed of free haircuts and massages. POEA’s partners from the private sector also donated raffle prizes, conducted fun games and provided snacks and other souvenir items.

 

The day’s program also included the unveiling of a mural along the POEA perimeter wall, which forms part of POEA’s anti-illegal recruitment campaign. The mural was designed and painted by member artists of the Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement, an organization which advocates peace-building among the youth through innovative and creative strategies.

This is my most recent personal post after a long long time.  I have heard a lot in the news lately.  Flooding in Metro Manila, Summary Execution here and there, Sinking of Roro Ferry, Sex for flight scandal, etc.  Why is all of these happening here and abroad involving the Philippines?

As for the flooding in Metro Manila, government departments have been pointing fingers here and there.  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been pointing the blame for the flooding, at The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), saying that MMDA has not done its part in cleaning of the sewers/drainage and canals.  In retaliation, MMDA is blaming the DPWH for the slow and inefficient installation/replacement of antiquated sewer/drainage systems by its appointed contractors and sub contractors.  Why can’t they just work together, in order to find a solution to the problem, that has beleaguered the citizens/residents, for a very long long time.  Instead of bickering with each other, why don’t they just team up and work together for the best solution!

As for the summary executions, I feel that those who do the summary executions, feel that they are helping the nation/community by killing criminals, or cleansing it of the dirt.  But why only pick pockets or snatchers are being killed? Why not go after the big time criminals and multiple offenders such as the killers, rapist, etc., if they are indeed trying to cleanse the nation/community? Or it could be the police authorities cleansing their plate, by killing criminal who could be associated with them.  But whichever it is, taking someone else’s life is not up to us.  Only the Creator has the right to do that.  Taking someone else’s life is a mortal sin, against mankind, and against God!

Sinking of the Roro Ferry, this type of disasters have been going on since time immemorial.  Overloading of passengers, poor maintenance of the marine vessels, overloading of cargo, fires, etc., are the common causes blamed on such sinking.  The question we should ask is what happens after? After the sinking, were the causes rectified? Were the responsible people penalized or imprisoned? The usual answer is no.  Which is why these types of disaster will keep on happening, as the persons held responsible for the disasters are not penalized/imprisoned or held liable.

Sex for flight scandal.  I have heard on the news, that these rumors of the said scandal has been rife for a long time.  Even when, Mr. Noli De Castro, was Vice President.  But are these rumors true? No one has been brave enough to surface as a witness, to prosecute or even implicate these government personnels.  If it is true, do these government personnels have no heart? To take advantage of people, especially women, who have already been abused and taken advantage of by individuals.  Do they want to further hurt or burden these poor poor OFW’s? Whose only wish or dream is to provide a better future for themselves and their family?

Is our world becoming too commercialized, insensitive to the feeling of others, that feelings of empathy, sympathy, and caring for others, are all gone and amiss? What is happening to our world? What kind of world are we leaving our kids, grand kids, and the future generations? I do hope that we would all be able to wake up in time, to rectify all of our mistakes, and give the future generations, including our kids, and grand kids a brighter future to embrace!

I remembered when I was high school, studying in Manila.  On my everyday commute, I always pass by big factories, on my way to school.  Now it seems, that all those factories are gone.

Nowadays, I noticed that the Philippines has fewer and fewer factories, that churn out products for the mass market.  I have noticed in the labels of commodities, even the locally branded ones, it is made in another country, such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Germany, and Singapore.  Our locally branded milk is manufactured either in Thailand, New Zealand, or Germany.  Our locally branded shampoo is manufactured in Indonesia, Vietnam, or Thailand.  Our locally branded coffee is manufactured either in Indonesia or Singapore.  I am fearing that the time comes, that all of our locally branded commodities will be manufactured abroad, and not locally here in the Philippines.

We used to have multinational companies, manufacturing locally branded commodities here in the Philippines.  We used to be a major export of finished products, now it’s manpower that we are majorly exporting.  Where have all these factories gone? Why has the government done nothing, to encourage multinational companies to set up shop here, and do the manufacturing here? Why has our government not clamored for jobs, goods, and factories, to be created locally, as what America is doing now.

America has asked its multinational companies to bring back manufacturing into the United States, thereby creating jobs, goods, and factories.  They are offering tax concessions to those multinational companies, who do heed their call.  One such example of a company that heeded their call is Apple Inc.  Why can’t our government do something to attract these multinational to bring back their operations, and their factories back in the Philippines? If they are able to convince these multinational companies, then this would create jobs for thousand, if not millions of Filipinos.  We would not be too dependent on exporting our manpower, as we will need them here as well.

Sending manpower overseas to work and earn dollars for the country, at the expense of having their family torn apart, is too much to ask of the Filipinos.  Majority of these t who work overseas, have had the tragic experience of having their family broken.  They work overseas to provide for their family, in turn either taking care of someone else’s family.  They can send monetary and material needs to their family, but sometimes these monetary and material needs are not enough, as their family clamor for their presence, and love.  The Filipino is one of the few races on this planet to have close family relations.  We care for our elderly at home, we celebrate any occasion with our family.

I am imploring our government to make steps into convincing these companies to bring back their production, and their factories back in the Philippines, in order to create jobs, and opportunities for the Filipino people.  We, the Filipino should be proud and patronize Philippine made goods/products/services.  We should bring back the “Proudly Philippine Made” movement.  We should be nationalistic, like our neighbors such as Japan, and Thailand to name a few.  It’s okay to indulge in imported items from time to time, but we should make it a point to support our locally made products and services.  “Mahalin natin ang sariling atin, atin ito! Kung hindi natin ito mamahalin, sino ang magmamahal dito?” “Maging makibayan! Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bansa!” That is my parting message to the readers of this blog.

HK-PCG-PR-31-2011
ANNOUNCEMENT
2011 BAGONG BAYANI AWARDS
            The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) would like to invite nominations to the 2011 Bagong Bayani Awards (BBA).
            The BBA, first given out in 1984, is organized under the auspices of the Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) and which will be awarded by President Benigno S. Aquino II in Malacanang Palace in December 2011. The BBA aims to recognize outstanding and exemplary  Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).
            The BBFI is a non-stock, non-profit organization formed  in 1989 to promote recognition and appreciation of the role of OFWs in  Philippine society and economy, to foster high standards of responsibility, efficiency and integrity and to promote the welfare of our OFWs.
            The BBA is a major program of BBFI to pay tribute to the country’s outstanding OFWs for their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, enhancing the image of the Filipino as a competent and responsible worker and contributing to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
            Deadline of submission of nominations is on 31 July 2011.  The nomination form, category awards and the criteria for the different awards  categories may be downloaded from the POEA website (www.poea.gov.ph). Nominations, with supporting documents may be submitted to:
            Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI) Secretariat
            G/F, Blas F. Ople Building
            POEA, Ortigas Avenue, corner EDSA Mandaluyong City
            1501 Philippines
            Tel Nos.: (632) 722-1165 or 722-1173
            Fax No. : (632) 724-3646
            Email address: bagong_bayani_award @yahoo.com

PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL AND HONG KONG LABOUR DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT WELCOMING PROGRAM FOR NEW OFWS IN HONG KONG

31 May 2011 – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who arrived in Hong Kong from the period of July 2010 to May 2011 are invited to attend a Welcoming Program to be conducted at 2:00p.m.-5:00p.m. on Sunday, 26 June 2011 in the Sai Ying Pun Community Complex Hall.

The program’s resource persons include officers from the Workplace Consultation Promotion Division and Employment Agencies Administration of the Hong Kong Labour Department, and  representatives from the Philippine Consulate General and its attached agencies, namely: Philippine Overseas Labor Office, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig and Social Security System.

The objective of the Welcoming Program is to brief new workers about Hong Kong’s Employment Ordinance and provide them with pointers when using the services of employment agencies in Hong Kong. It will also introduce the participants to the various services offered by the Consulate General and its attached agencies.

The program is free of charge and seats are limited to 350 participants. Interested participants must register with the PCG’s Assistance to Nationals (ATN) Section through telephone numbers 2823-8513, 2823-8506, 2823-8510 or 2823-8512-End.