Absentee voting advocates to lobby vs. poll scrapping

Written by Julie Javellana-Santos, OFW Journalism Consortium, Inc. on . Posted in 2005-News-Packet-Vol-04-12

MANILA — THEY lobbied hard for a law to allow Filipinos overseas to vote; some are drumming up the need to register before the registration deadline in August ends.

But with constitutionalists’ move to cancel the 2007 elections, absentee voting advocates say they can’t help but feel betrayed.

“What a sad Christmas message this [was] for [overseas Filipino workers],” absentee voting campaigner Ofelia Mananquil-Bakker said in her email message to an online group.

Shipowners say stopping seafarers’ salary spike sensible

Written by Leo J. Santiago, OFW Journalism Consortium, Inc. on . Posted in 2005-News-Packet-Vol-04-12

MANILA — A SPOKESPERSON for ship-owners is lobbying against increases in the wages of Filipino seafarers, citing his compatriots’ sense of “moral responsibility”.

Carlos Salinas, chair and president of the Filipino Ship-owners’ Association, claims that to cease raising wage rates would be in the “best interest” of Filipinos.

Centennial of labor migration a poser on RP progress

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in 2005-News-Packet-Vol-04-12

MANILA — IN the run-up to the centennial of overseas Filipino labor migration to Hawaii, a former International Labor Organization official wondered why the Philippines still remains underdeveloped.

Manolo Abella, formerly a top-ranking official of ILO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, expressed this insight when asked to react on Labor Secretary Patricia Sto. Tomas’s view that labor migration is an “explicit” development strategy of the government.

OFW senses sensible scent of spa service sector

Written by Julie Javellana-Santos, OFW Journalism Consortium, Inc. on . Posted in 2005-News-Packet-Vol-04-12

PASAY CITY — HE avoids alcohol and doesn’t smoke, so former migrant worker Miguel Bolos spent millions of pesos on his sole vice: the Bay Spa.

I never imagined myself as the owner of this spa, said Bolos –”call me ‘Mike’, please”– who, at first, thought the prospect of being one was too far-fetched. Hence, he immediately snatched the opportunity to become a businessman when the option arrived on his doorsteps this year.

Finance experts mull overseas Filipinos’ investments fund

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in 2005-News-Packet-Vol-04-10-11

LUXEMBOURG – DEVELOPMENT finance experts met in Luxemburg last month and set the stage for a mechanism to channel overseas Filipinos’ money for investment in the Philippines.

On the sidelines of a roadshow by nongovernment Economic Resource Center for Overseas Filipinos (Ercof), former Citibank executive, British national Patrick Goodman met with Ercof president Ildefonso Bagasao and Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) president William Hotchkiss III to develop two microfinance investment funds (MFIFs).