Sad and Exemplary Stories About OFWs (Supplement- Current Job Openings)
2011 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) awardees
Praises and condemnation
I highly indorsed fellow Filipinos getting all sorts of jobs all over the world, especially those who are honest, sincere and dedicated in the kind of calling they’re now in. On the contrary, I have a strong distaste for wayward OFWs who- instead of doing their utmost to do good for themselves and the country- engaged in shameful acts like prostitution, working as drug mule, murder, killing, gambling and other sort of illegal activities inimical to the host country. etc.
In this particular hub, I want to present misdeeds committed by some OFWs with the purpose that they’ll serve as lessons for not to copy the same by OFWs as well as would-be OFWs. I want readers to have 100% faith in all the things I’ll write here, so I’ll not invent things. It’s my firm belief that If I copy-paste news, happenings, blogs, etc from reliable sources, the more people will like and appreciate them for having been served the real McKoy.
Excerpt from gmanetwork.com: in March 2011, three Filipinos—Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain—were executed in China via lethal injection for possession of illegal drugs. Credo and Villanueva were executed in Xiamen, while Batain was executed in Guangzhou on March 30 that year. On May 24, 2008, Batain was caught smuggling 6,800 grams of heroin in Shenzhen. In the same year, Villanueva was caught on December 24 smuggling 4,110 grams of heroin in Xiamen, while Credo was caught four days later smuggling 4,113 grams of heroin in the same place. In December 2011, a 35-year-old Filipino was also executed in China for bringing 1.5 kilos of heroin to the country
Advise in behalf of OFWs
Vice President Noli De Castro who is also the Presidential Adviser on OFW Affairs reminded OFWs to abide laws in their respective host country more particularly in Saudi Arabia.
This blogger also reminded fellow kababayan’s in KSA to respect the strict laws of the host country in an entry titled “ Immorality a Serious Offense “.
pep.ph/guide/: Noli de Castro’s Kabayan won a Bronze World Medal in the Public Affairs Program category of the prestigious 2012 New York Festivals. He also added that the recognition from the international award-giving body highlights the significance of helping OFWs who suffer and are in danger. “The painful truth is that many Filipinos work overseas to provide for their families. But we at DZMM will continue to protect the welfare of our modern day heroes,” he said.
Misdeeds done by OFWs
Misdeeds by OFWs
So this is it.
The following news-story is an excerpt courtesy of GMANews. TV and Bong Amora's Blog, "Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) Empowerment." Amora himself is an OFW who has been working in the Middle East for the past 16 years. Currently, he is based in Riyadth, KSA.
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72 Filipino men detained in KSA for gay behavior
JOSEPH HOLANDES UBALDE, GMANews.TV, 06/16/2009
22 06 2009
Yesterday, I read an online news at GMANews TV about “72 Filipinos” rounded up during a concert inside a compound in eastern Riyadh. Gays are not prohibited in Saudi Arabia but display of homosexual behavior is strictly forbidden. Such offense could suffer imprisonment and lashing for immorality.
Filipinos said ”we are smarter than other nationalities when it comes to work, we are not lazy, we are very industrious, we have bigger brains, we can invent things that can make our life more easier and safer” that is why in every corners of the world there are Filipinos and it is true. Though sad to say that in every part of this world there are also “PASAWAY Filipinos”.
OFWs, please don't be pasaway! Respect and obey the rules, regulations and laws of your host countries. You are there to earn honest money so you'll not soil the good name of your country. Don't gamble your life in shady deals. You've but one precious life to live. Cherish it. Don't involve in card games with bets, in cockfighting and other sorts of games to win easy money. Forget the thought of ever getting money in a wink of an eye. Pity your wife and kids back home. Be reminded that they are waiting for you.
Cockfighting with spurs and bet is not allowed in the Middle East
Illegal cockpit raided
Just two weeks ago the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the Kingdom raided a Gambling Den (Sabongan) in Buraydah. A total of 150 gamblers in different nationalities many of them Filipinos were arrested during the raid.
Gambling is also strictly prohibited in the Kingdom. Caught and if found guilty of organizing such gambling arena will be imprisoned for months, lashing and be deported to their respective country of origin and be blacklisted to enter back again in the Kingdom (see related entry “Massive Fingerprinting of Expats Begins“)
- The Filipino Drug Mule Story
Filipino OFWs end up in death rows or behind bars for smuggling illegal drugs
On The Brighter Side (Exemplary OFWs)
Excerpt from BALITA-DOT-PH
PGMA to honor ..., OFWs
December 3, 2009 10:57
The President will award 16 outstanding and exemplary OFWs the Bagong Bayani awards (BBA)
The BBA seeks to recognize and pay tribute to the OFWs for their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, for enhancing and promoting the image of the Filipino as a competent, responsible and dignified worker, and for greatly contributing to the socio-economic development of their communities and our country as a whole.
The BBA aims at providing proper recognition to deserving nominees, thus setting up examples for others to emulate.
There are four award categories, an innovation introduced in the 2005 Bagong Bayani Awards to allow the recognition of specific contributions of OFWs corresponding to the different areas of their involvements.
The highest honor is the Blas F. Ople Award Para sa Natatanging Bagong Bayani, which is given to the most outstanding and exemplary OFW who satisfies all the requirements of other awards criteria.
Excerpt from OWWA:
OWWA awards model OFW families for 2009
November 26, 2009 – Thirty-four exemplary families of overseas Filipino workers were honored on Thursday by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), from whom were chosen the recipients of the 2009 Model OFW Family Award (MOFYA) in the land-based and sea-based categories.
Chosen the model family in the land-based category was the family of Engineer Rodolfo Pita Lubis and his wife Sonia Zoila Castillo, who hail from Lipa City. . Mr. Lubis worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as Project Engineer for 16 years, putting in one year with Bechtel International before joining Saudi Aramco for the next 15 years. He returned in 1994
The Lubis family invested their savings in agricultural land in Batangas, planted with thousands of hardwood species, as well as a trucking business, piggery and poultry farms which employ a total of 201 employees.
As advocates of empowerment of the poor through education and sustainable income, the Lubis family developed the 1st Gawad Kalinga Reunion Village where residents are given employment or livelihood capital, and scholarships for their children.
The Lubis family has planted more than 45,000 narra and mahogany trees as their contribution to the greening of the environment
In the sea-based category, the judges chose the family from Balerio, Masbate of Capt. Emilio Bajar Bello and wife Ingrid Ramirez, a public school teacher.
Capt. Bello worked as seafarer for almost 29 years, starting in 1971 as an ordinary seaman. He rose to become Master Mariner and retired in 2000 with a record of work excellence, commitment, and hard-work.
Bello is involved in various community projects and advocacies through membership in organizations such as OFW Baleno Chapter and the Baleno Fishermen and Farmers Coop. He gives lectures on food sanitation and entrepreneurship.
The Bello family is a regular contributor to school facilities improvement in their community, as well as benefactor of the parish, donating one sack of rice donation every month.
Capt. Bello has ventured into several businesses which include rice farms, piggery, copra trading, merchandise and hardware business, fish culture, and an orchidarium.
The recipient of the special award for community projects hails from Marawi City. The Naga family is headed by Zenaida Sanchez Naga and and her husband Engineer Nasser A. Naga. T
Mrs. Naga worked as Emergency/Trauma Nurse in Libya under the Ministry of Health in 1985-1989 and 1991-1995. She is involved in activities that cater to the health care needs of the community, forging partnerships with the local government, non government organizations and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in conducting intensive medical missions.
The Nagas run the family-owned Hope Healthcare Institute, Inc., a technical and vocational school that is on its 5th year of operations in Marawi, with a new branch in Iligan City. The school has 100 elementary students from Kinder 1 to Grade 3 and 375 college students taking up courses in Health Care, Computer Literacy, and Food and Beverages.
For the special award in entrepreneurship, the judges chose the Tamayo family from Quezon City, headed by Sebastian Aniag Tamayo, who last worked at a managerial position with Kuwait International Hotel, and his wife Milagros Carmelita.
The Tamayos operate three hotels and the Tamayo’s Catering Services, Restaurant and Flower Shop which has 11 outlets. The family takes pride in being the exclusive florist of the Manila Cathedral. Mr. Tamayo is the President of Far East Management and Consultancy, Inc., with operations in four major power plants in the country.
OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon said that this year’s awardees are being recognized “for their outstanding efforts to keep parent-child relationships close and binding even though one or both parents were deployed for jobs overseas for a period of time.”
The awarding ceremony was held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel Ballroom.