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Sep
29
2014

Filipinos in Singapore Advised on Haze

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The Philippine Embassy in Singapore warns Filipinos to be cautious being out in the street often because of the increase in the Pollutant Standards Index or PSI, reaching over 100 last week. Filipinos are advised to lessen their stay outdoors to avoid health complications caused by haze coming from Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The National Environmental Agency (NEA) in Singapore reported that the PSI index last September 16, 2014 had reached over 100, stating the air to be in ‘unhealthy’ condition. NEA monitors PSI readings over Singapore for 24 hours.

As of September 23, the PSI readings over Singapore is ranging from 58-62, which is in moderate level.

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Sep
26
2014

Is This True? Mental Disabilty, A Cause for Deportation?

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How would you feel if you were to be deported back to your home country for the main reason that you have a child with mental disorder? And that this child of yours is deemed to be a financial burden to the taxpayers?? Absurd and inhumane, right?

This is what a Filipina nurse in Australia faces when her application for a skilled worker visa was denied because of his son’s autism.

Maria Cecilia Sevilla, a Filipina nurse, now faces deportation in Australia with her son Tyrone, who was diagnosed with autism, six months after they migrated to Australia back in 2007.

 

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone

Filipina Nurse Cecilia Sevilla and son Tyrone. Image from Change.org

 

The Filipina nurse and her nine-year-old son Tyrone will be extradited back to the Philippines when her application for skilled worker visa was denied just because his son “did not meet the health requirement”.

So, the Filipina nurse created an online petition on Change.org where she hopes to reach the minister asking to let them stay in Australia. The Filipina nurse stated in her petition that her son’s “personal security, human and child rights, and dignity will be at stake” when sent back to the Philippines because there is no relative to take care of him.
Filipina nurse Sevilla said that all her sacrifices “could all be taken away because the government thinks that children with autism are going to be more of a cost to Australian society than a benefit”, which according to her is not true.

The Filipina nurse also emphasizes that she’s been working for years and this makes her a taxpayer in Australia, too.

 

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Sep
26
2014

May God Not Let This Happen To You

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You have sacrificed everything when you decided to work abroad.  but unfortunately, something unexpected and unwanted happened.  You’ve been abused and left almost dead. Yes you’ve been lucky to be brought to the hospital. But your worries added up when you don’t know where to get the money to pay for your hospital bill. This may be one of the worst thing that you wouldn’t wish to happen to you while you’re working abroad, away from your loved-ones.

Take the case of a male overseas Filipino worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  who was gang-raped last May by five unidentified male while travelling King Abdullah Road on his way home. The OFW was molested, and left for dead in the desert.

The OFW posted these photos of him on his Facebook account to appeal for help.

The OFW posted these photos of him on his Facebook account to appeal for help.

 

Though the OFW is alive, he now worries about how to pay his hospital bill that already escalated to an amount of SR 250,000 or almost Php 2,970,000. The OFW’s medical insurance had declined to pay the bill because he had failed to inform them about his case.

The 31-year old OFW was from Mindanao, a computer science graduate who wishes nothing more than going back home. The OFW is no longer under any medication and has recovered from what had happened to him. But since the OFW can’t pay his hospital bill, he was detained and cannot leave the hospital.

The OFW had already call upon the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for help, but to no avail. This response prompted the OFW to seek help from other OFWs all over the world and the Philippine government itself through his social media account.

Fortunately, a good-hearted OFW named Maricel Erasga Tunacao who is based in Al-Qaseem, had seen his plead and is now trying to gather support for him. Tunacao said that she pitied his fellow OFWs situation and had also reached to the Philippine Embassy to help him.

 

As an OFW and a Filipino, how would you help this fellow OFW? Would you just shrug your shoulder, or would you do something to start a humane action? The choice, is always yours.

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Sep
25
2014

Placement Fee and Processing Fee

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Sep
25
2014

UAE Clerk Arrested for Recording Pinay Officemate

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Pinays working in the Middle East should be cautious when using the toilet in their office or workplace for someone might be using their mobile phones to film you,  like the incident that happened in UAE.

A 29-year old Pakistani clerk in UAE was arrested and sentenced to six months behind bars after putting his phone on video mode and secretly filming his colleagues, particularly a Filipina secretary.

The Pakistani clerk intentionally put his mobile phone inside a tissue box and placed it in the toilet to film his officemates. He admitted to the prosecutors that he’s been doing this for four months, for his personal pleasure. He aimed to film two of his female colleague, particularly the Filipina secretary.

His modus was discovered by a Syrian engineer officemate who then reported it to their boss right away. It was then known that the mobile phone belonged to the Pakistani clerk.

The clerk was convicted of molesting his colleagues and violating their decency when he filmed them without their knowledge. He was then sentenced to six months in jail by the Dubai Court.

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