Failures in gov’t lending project for OFW groups cited

Written by Candice Cerezo, OFW Journalism Consortium, Inc. on . Posted in 2006-News-Packet-Vol-05-12

QUEZON CITY — THE bankruptcy of roughly 200 government-funded livelihood groups of overseas Filipino workers and their families reveals major errors in a project that an OFW leader and a government report said was used solely for the 2004 elections.

“Their promise to us is that there will be an OFW Groceria loan, followed by OFW Botica, and thirdly, that each member will have a loan of P200,000. However, these did not reach us [except for the grocery] loan, which we even had difficulties [operating],” Lutgarda Zapanta, a leader of an OFW group, said.

Stranded Pinoys in Lebanon still traded, NGO says

Written by Isagani de la Paz, OFW Journalism Consortium, Inc. on . Posted in 2006-News-Packet-Vol-05-12

QUEZON CITY—FILIPINO workers, mostly women, in Lebanon are still being traded for new employees after getting sidetracked from work when fighting broke out in September, advocates said.

Echoing the report of Catholic congregation Daughters of Charity Sister Amelia Asiedu-Torres, nonprofit Kanlungan Centre Foundation Inc. said migrant workers unable to flee during the shooting war between Israeli and Hizbollah fighters are being sold to other employers.

Paroled Pinoy’s past, present polish Parol parade

Written by Jeremaiah Opiniano on . Posted in 2006-News-Packet-Vol-05-12

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA—PAROLED convict Rico Reimigio’s hands grip different sets of bars symbolizing a freedom only he could taste: bamboo strips for his first parol, the Filipino Christmas lantern.

On his face is a genuine smile, also the first time this reporter sees on Reimigio, the former thug feared while stomping the streets of San Francisco.