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Help in time of need : An OFW Story

“I now have the courage to face life because you introduced Jesus to me. I am eternally grateful,” said Norilyn Ducanes, when asked how GFM’s C.O.O.L. Project was able to help her.

On April 1, 2019, Norilyn opted to work as a household worker in Qatar in desire to give her children a good life. Upon landing at the airport, there was no employer to fetch her. She initially stayed at the foreign agency’s accommodation and was given an employer after- wards. Her then employer was very demanding and required her to work long hours. She was transferred to another employer but she could no longer meet the physical demands of her job. She decided to go back to the Philippines.

She was then placed at the OWWA Shelter and waited for her local agency to issue her ticket so she could go back to her family in Capiz because their house was hit by a typhoon. It was a long wait thus, she voluntarily left the shelter. With her family’s advice, she filed a case at POEA against her agency sometime in November 2019 where Norilyn learned of C.O.O.L. Project. Arriving at GFM, Norilyn was served free lunch and freebies and was referred to our Help Desk. “There, I met Pastor Joe Biasong who gave me direction in filing a complaint against my agency. More importantly, I was enlightened with God’s Word. Now I can overcome any problem that I may face. Psalm 91 says, ‘Kahit anong sakuna ang dumating, iaangat ka ng Diyos.’ I am grateful for my encounter with GFM. They understand the life of an OFW and can give proper advice according to their individual situations.” She shared that since coming from GFM, there were a lot of people sent by God who went out of their way to help her. Norilyn continues to communicate with GFM and vice versa. What is more significant is that she responded positively to the challenge to be referred to our partner church in her hometown. Stories like that of Norilyn’s never fail to warm our hearts and encourage us to continue assisting and reaching out to more OFWs.

– Pastor Dennis Diamante

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GFM Partnership Conference Registration

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OFW Missions Conference

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Be a positive influence in a global setting! Join the first OFW Missions Conference and Diaspora Summit on October 24-25, 2018 at Greenhills Christian Fellowship in Ortigas, Pasig City and learn different ways and best practices on how you can minister to the OFWs in your Church, community or country! Get a glimpse of the situation of the migrant workers sectors and their families, expand your network and connect to other like-minded organizations and to start and strengthen your OFW ministry.

In this 2-day event, there will be plenary sessions, panel discussions and break-out activities from seasoned OFW ministers, partners and advocates.  The roster of seasoned and experienced speakers come from different sectors who have been working with the OFWs, making the discussions insightful and relevant.

Registration opens August 1, 2018, with limited slots available.   Program fees include full meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), program kits, learning investment and participant gift pack. Scholarship grants are available upon request.

Who should attend?

–          Interested parties and individuals working with OFWs and related

            to diaspora work

–          Church, organization or institution leaders and practitioners who

           want to start and champion an OFW ministry

–          Interested volunteers and advocates for OFWs

–          NGOs advocating for OFWs

This event is brought to you by Global Filipino Movement Foundation Inc. in partnership with The Generics Pharmacy and State Properties Corp., and with the support of Genesis Transport Service Inc. BPI, Novellino Wines, Business Mirror, Pilipino Mirror, FEBC, Center for Community Transformation and Blas Ople Policy Center.

To register, kindly fill-out this registration form when you click the COUNT ME IN button below.

You may also contact our event secretariat at 669.18.08 and 0998.578.7640, or email us at info@globalfilipinomovement.com.

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A Helping Hand

A story of Rizza, as written by Ptr. Dennis Diamante

Filipinos are known to be a gentle, compassionate and forgiving people.  These, along with other traits like being friendly, adaptable and hard-working makes them a preferred nationality among overseas contract workers.  We are also a people with no history of aggression—a number of times conquered, many times exploited, but a thousand times we also demonstrated courage and heroism in the midst of adversity.

Si Rizza Marie B. Manzanilla dumating sa GFM Office noong June 20 na may sling sa kamay, magâ ang bahagi ng mga daliri at, sa salaysay niya, kumikirot pa.  Buong akala ng mga staff na eto na naman ang isa pang kaso ng pagbubugbog sa OFW ngunit kakaiba ang kuwento ni Rizza.    Oo, galing siya sa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ngunit hindi ito gawa ng kanyang amo.

Si Rizza, isang single mother, ay na-deploy noong September 5, 2017 sa parehong agency na matatagpuan sa Agoncillo St. sa Malate, Manila na nagpaalis sa kapwa niya OFW na si Mary Jane Agulto na ang istorya ay nasalaysay din ng GFM. Kapwang taga-Nueva Ecija din sila ngunit si Rizza ay taga Fort Magsaysay sa Palayan City. Kapwa din silang natulungan ng GFM para ma-repatriate.

Namasukan siya sa isang mag-asawang arabo sa Riyadh na ang babaeng amo ay buntis pa. Ngunit pagkatapos lamang ng limang araw nagreklamo na ang asawang babae at gustong ibalik sa employment agency si Rizza.  Ang reklamo: mabagal daw siya at walang imik.  Ayon naman kay Rizza nagtatrabaho naman siya ngunit dahil hindi niya maintindihan ang lingguwahe nila, hindi niya kaagad nagagawa ang hinihingi nila.

Nahanapan naman siya ng counterpart agency doon ng bagong “employer” at natagpuan na lamang niya ng kanyang sarili na nasa bahay ng mag-asawang may anim (6) na anak na ang pinakabata ay limang taong gulang at isang matandang babae na c nanay pala ng kanyang bagong “bābā”.  Sa liit na halos 5 feet pinilit ni Rizza na gawin ang trabahong bahay.  Dalawa sa mga inalagaan niyang bata actually ay mga teenager na kaya ma madalas natutuon ang kanyang pag-alaga sa apat na mga bata at sa pag-asikaso sa pangangailangan ng lola nila na isang diabetic. Kaso nga lang, maliban sa batang sanggol na babae, matindi ang naranasan niyang pagbu-bully ng tatlong lalaking paslit.  Minsan siya ay pinaglalaruan o ginagawan ng prank katulad ng patayan ng ilaw,  i-lock sa comfort room.  Matitiis pa niya ang batuhin ng unan ngunit nang batuhin siya ng bote at iba pang matitigas na bagay dito na siya nagagalit at sa huling pagkakataon doon na niya nasuntok ang pintuan ng bahay na ikinasira naman nito.   Kuwento niya, nandilim daw ang kanyang paningin noong araw na iyon ng Mayo sa sobrang galit sa mga bata at, imbis na sila ang kanyang masaktan (na kung ginawa niya ay puwede siyang makulong) ibinaling na lang niya sa pinto ang lahat nang namumuong emosyon na meron siya.  Dahil doon may mga ugat siya sa kanang kamay na napatid ayon sa doctor na tumingin sa kanya. Kinailangang operahan ang kanyang kamay at tahiin ang bahagi na napunit at nabugbog.  Tatlong beses siya inilipat ng ospital bago siya naoperahan.

Tatlong araw namalagi sa huling ospital si Rizza bago siya na-discharge.  Nang bahagyang gumaling na ang mga kamay ni Rizza, pilit siyang pinagtatrabaho ng kanyang amo hindi man lang isinaalang-alang ang kanyang maselang kalagayan.  Kanan ang ginagamit ni Rizza na pangtrabaho at pansulat kaya paano niya magagampanan ang dati niyang trabaho?  Noong May 11, tatlong linggo pagkatapos ng kanyang operasyon,  sinampal pa siya ng kanyang among lalaki dahil hindi niya daw inaasikaso ang kanyang nanay.  At nung sa tingin nila na hindi nila mapakinabangan ng husto si Rizza sa bahay idinelay na nila ang kanyang sahod.   Actually, sa simula pa lang, sabi ni Rizza, hindi na siya binibigyan ng nararapat sa kanya katulad ng libreng personal necessities like toiletry at load o karapapatang makatawag sa pamilya.  Dahil sa nakita ni Rizza na mahirapan siyang magtrabaho sa ganitong kalagayan at sa pagkakait sa kanya ng ‘bagong amo’ ng karampatang pasuweldo nakiusap na siya ay pauwiin na lang ngunit hindi sila pumayag.

Nang malaman ng kapatid niysng si Salvacion o Sally Torres ang kanyang sinapit inilapit nila ito sa ating GFM Help Desk Director na si June Inabayan.  Kagaya din sa kaso ni Mary Jane Agulto, ang kababayan nilang si Leonida Alejo, ina ng isang nabiktima ng illegal recruiter, ang nagpakilala rin sa kanila tungkol sa serbisyo ng GFM.  Sa pamamagitan ng ating Help Desk napaabot ni Ms. June sa POLO Riyadh ang kalagayan ni Rizza at nakahingi ng repatriation order.  June 14, hinatid si Rizza ng taga agency at POLO sa airport upang ma-repatriate sa Pilipinas.  June 15 masayang ibinalita ni Ms. June sa GFM na nakauwi na si Rizza at makakapiling na niya ang naiwang niyang anak na babae.

Sa kasalukuyan, nilalakad na ni Rizza Marie Manzanilla ang kanyang kaso laban sa agency at orihinal na amo na nagpadala sa kanya sa Saudi Arabia. Kabilang sa kanyang iki-claim ay ang katumbas na 24 months na pasuweldo na dapat niyang tanggapin na nagkakahalaga ng US$400 bawat buwan ayon sa kontratang pinirmahan niya at ng tunay niyang principal kahit na siya ay inilipat ng amo ng agency.   Inaasikaso na rin niya na matanggap ang mga benepisyo at tulong na galing sa OWWA.  Sa dagdag na kaalaman tungkol sa tulong na maaring matanggap ng isang distressed worker, pumunta sa http://www.owwa.gov.ph/?q=content/assist-well-program.

Magiging kasama ni Rizza ang GFM hangga’t sa makamit niya ang kanyang inaasam.  May kasabihan na “The hand that rocks the cradle rocks the world.”  Sa katayuan ni Rizza “the hand that rocks the cradle, the hands that once helps and serves (here and abroad) has been hurt but her heart continues to beat for her daughter and loved ones.”  And OFWs the likes of Rizza need a helping hand from us who even call them “Mga Bagong Bayani”.   We are glad we at GFM can lend a helping hand.

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What to do if you already have an OFW ministry

So you’ve already had the Ministry 101 training, the CET and the BBKD. What’s the next step for you? The key to any ministry is to keep growing. Besides continuing your ministry in helpdesk or reintegration or support group, GFM also offers a monthly meeting slash seminar where you can continually learn more about the OFW phenomena.

The OFW Ministry Network is composed of churches and organizations that already have an OFW ministry. They meet every last Wednesday of the month. Every meeting, a key speaker is also invited to explain more details about the OFW phenomena so the participants can keep on learning. It could come from OWWA, POEA, NRCO, NLRC, and other OFW-centric organizations.

If you want to join the meeting, kindly notify GFM Communications Officer Jaia Labastilla through her mobile number 0908-390-9358.

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Enhancement for Helpdesk Workers

A helpdesk worker is someone who is trained to assist in helpdesk cases. The OFW world is tricky, and it mostly concerns the government, and believe me, you’ll need rigorous training to be familiarized with all of it. GFM offers a Basic Helpdesk Training for those who want to become a helpdesk worker. But if you still want to know more, you can attend the CET or the Capability Enhancement Training, facilitated by POEA.

POEA and GFM have a special arrangement and one of this is that GFM can invite POEA to hold CETs for their volunteers. The CET is a free two-day training where POEA teaches the volunteers about illegal recruitment, government agencies, modus operandi of recruiters, and (dagdagan pa). They require at least 50 participants to be able to hold a CET. POEA will also certify you after the training.

If you are interested to join in a CET, please contact GFM Training & Partnership Director, Pastor Rene Bunsoy through his mobile number 0917-626-2800.

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Do you know about your rights, defenses, laws and benefits?

Most OFWs just think about going abroad and the compensation they will get monthly. Even though the government has installed programs like the PDOS (Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar) and the PEOS (Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar), most OFWs still go abroad without knowing any laws, benefits, rights or defenses that they are entitled to. That’s why GFM has taken the initiative to inform the OFWs of the things they are unaware of.

BBKD stands for batas, benepisyo, karapatan, and depensa. During the seminar, these will be discussed to the participants. You might think now that it’s a boring topic, but once you understand that there is so much you are missing as an OFW, your ears will pop open too.

The BBKD seminar is done as the need arises. It can be customized as a half-day event to brush up on all four topics, or it can also be a whole day event, where all four topics are discussed extensively. The speaker is the GFM Helpdesk Director who has been in the OFW ministry for 20 years, first as an OFW herself, then as a recruitment agent, and then finally as an OFW advocate. She has been awarded by GMA last 2015 for being an excellent OFW advocate. Her name is Teodora Inabayan, Jr., most commonly known as Tita June.

If you want to host a BBKD in your church or community, please get in touch with any GFM staff or call us at (02) 669-1808 or email us at info@globalfilipinomovement.com.

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Calling all OFW sector organizations!

As a Christian organization, GFM strongly believes in the power of unity. That’s why, in the GFM Mission, our mission is to mobilize the Body of Christ. While that directly pertains to the churches that work in Jesus’ Name, we at GFM also believe that the government agencies and other organizations can be God’s tool to work for the OFWs in the Philippines. That’s why this year, we’re inviting different organizations in the OFW sector to sit down to a Roundtable Discussion.

The Roundtable Discussion is to be held in the (BPI venue) on October 23, 2017, Monday. Among those invited to attend are POEA, OWWA, Blas Ople Center, NRCO, Pag-Ibig, and Philhealth. GFM will facilitate the discussion. All the proceedings will be carefully documented and passed to (–).

If you are interested to join this event, please coordinate with GFM Marketing Assistant Gab San Pedro through his mobile number 0936-145-2216.