I am Jun Gaviola, at your service. I greet you with a sense of gratitude to our Almighty God for the New Year 2021. Beginning this January, I begin my term as the Executive Director of the Global Filipino Movement. I am looking forward to serving our fellow kababayang OFWs.
We at GFM envisioned ourselves serving our Overseas Filipino Workers and their respective families. Over the years, GFM has worked tirelessly to help our modern-day heroes be transformed as change agents, self-reliant, and empowered individuals with the help of the body of believers. We have been at the forefront of looking into the plight of our overseas Filipino workers, connecting the distressed OFWs to various government agencies to address their problems in the soonest and shortest time.
Even during the bleakest time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we mobilized and partnered with the Church, and continued to care and share the love of God to this vulnerable sector of our society through online social media platforms. We are encouraged to share with you how God has blessed our ministry through the programs and impact brought about by our partnership, both online and offline, and much more.
GFM recognizes the family as an important component of our society. Conversely, the church plays an important role. A growing number of OFWs in recent years left thousands of families fatherless or motherless for uncertain periods; OFWs coming home unprepared, some returning home without saving their hard-earned money wondering what life has in store for them.
To address this, we mobilized partner churches to empower our OFWs here and abroad to better prepare them for their eventual return to their families. We have partnered with different companies, successful private entrepreneurs, and government agencies to provide training on livelihood and possible resource funding. This is part of GFM’s goals of reintegrating the OFWs into our society and reuniting them with their families.
We are looking forward to continuing our task of mobilizing the body of Christ to equip Overseas Filipino Workers and their families who transform nations. We want to see transformed OFWs with their entire families under God. We endeavor to see them empowered in the aspects of faith, strong family ties and improved quality of life and as worthy representatives of our country, both here and abroad.
Thank you for standing with GFM in 2020, and we look forward to serving with you this 2021 and in the years to come.
Global Filipino Movement Foundation, Inc. will be giving out hygiene kits and blankets for the families affected by #TyphoonUlysses in Marikina and Rizal. You may participate by donating any amount to our Banco de Oro (BDO) Savings Account: Global Filipino Movement Foundation, Inc. 004950328088.
If you have questions, you may contact:
Pastor Robert Salvador
(0949) 886 8876 – SMART
(0917) 180 2892 – GLOBE
Ms. Esther Kim
(0917) 862 0461 – GLOBE.
Si Violeta Doliente o “Sis. Violy” sa nakararami, ay dating OFW at ngayon ay isang GFC (Global Filipino Center) Volunteer sa United Methodist Church – Anulid sa Alcala, Pangasinan. Ito ang kanyang #KwentongGFM.
Dati akong OFW during my single days at do’n ko na rin nakilala ang kauna-unahan at nag-iisang boyfriend na eventually napangasawa ko. Galing kami sa isang company pero magkalayong branch. Nung umuwi na kami ng Pilipinas for good, nag-offer muli ang company na bumalik kaming pareho sa magkaibang branch. 2015 ‘yon at that time, apat na ang anak namin kaya ayoko na bumalik.
Sa ngayong 2020, 5 years na siyang nasa Taiwan (Zig-sheng Textile Comp). Mahirap sa part ko dahil solo ko na dinidisiplina ang mga bata. Hanggang maaari ayaw ko siyang nag-aalala kaya hangga’t kaya na ‘wag nya mlaman kung ‘di rin naman kabigatan ang problema, ‘di ko na pinaaalam. Mula nung nag-Taiwan siya nabayaran namin ‘yong mga utang namin. Dati kasi puro utang ang pangtanim nmin sa bukid. Pero ngayon naranasan din namin ang kami naman ang magpautang para pangtanim din ng ibang kaanak.
Nakilala ko ang GFM thru Serbisyong OFW ng 702 DZAS, FEBC Radio. Ang talagang motibo ko no’n malaman ko ang mga right and benefits sakin ng mga Government agencies. Naging curious ako sa mga seminars at training under GFM. Family M101 lahat yun involved kaming mag-asawa dahil shini-share ko sa kaniya yung mga notes ko. Natuwa siya kasi lalo akong na-equip na dapat pahalagahan ang bawat pinapadala niya. BBKD training, ‘di pa naman applicable sa aming pamilya pero pagkatapos ng training naramdaman ko yung concern din sa iba. Nung una ayaw kong ma-involve dahil ang concern ko lang namn talga ay ‘yong family ko.
Habang napapag-aralan ko yung Family M101 manual ko, may conviction na dapat ma-involve ako. Dahil mismong sa church pla namin, kamag-anak ng mister ko, at mga kakilala ay may nangangailangan pala ng PAG-ASANG mula sa DIOS. Habang nagiging connected ako sa GFM yung conviction patuloy pa rin. No’ng una, sabi ko, yung Pastor ko ang dapat ma-involve dahil may soul care. Kaya lang, dahil sa mga GFM training at seminar dapat pala maging KATUWANG at KAPARTNER ako ni Pastor sa OFW Ministry.
Target din namin mag-asawa na until 2021 lng ang kontrata ni mister sa TAIWAN. Pero dahil sa pandemic, affected talaga yung financial needs namin at nabwasan ang savings. Four months na-short ang budget, COVID-free ang TAIWAN pero ang local at import products nila ay apektado. Dahil doon double-minded si mister na mag-extend pa. Pero dahil walang kasiguruhan ang mundo, talgang decided na ko na tapusin niya na until 2021 ‘yong kontrata. Dahil mas mahalaga talaga na magkasasama na kami habang malakas pa kami pareho at mararamdaman niya pa ang teenage years ng mga bata. Ngayon pa ba kami matatakot, ‘di man kalakihan ang savings pero at least ngayon UTANG FREE na kami. Yung EE Quick Share natin ngayon lalo akong naniniwala na kailanman WALANG ANAK ng DIYOS na namamalimos.
Jessica Godoy, with hopes and dreams, decided to work overseas particularly in Saudi Arabia. Her local agency specifically stipulated in the contract that she will be working for someone as a domestic helper. In 2019, she worked for her employer’s sister who has an aging and bedridden mother.
Thus, she had to work as a caregiver and a domestic helper. In effect, she was not only lacking rest but also deprived of food sustaining her. The maltreatment didn’t stop. And while she was doing the laundry, her male employer attempted to molest her, that she ran scarily. He was also threatening her.
Ptr. Marlon, who is an OFW minister at GFC in Bulacan, was able to assist her in repatriation. Finally, with the help of the Lord and the assistance of GFM through POEA and BBCC, she was repatriated on February 5, 2020
//Pastor Marlon Santos and Pastor Willy Dingle
“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