Category: Thoughts…..

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

It seems like the illegal thing was over exaggerated naman ata.

If the process is within the law and the right and proper procedures are met, then by all means, let us support our seafarers who are also bayaning OFWs.

You be the judge of this issue:

A nongovernmental organization managing a seafarers’ center in Manila maintained Friday that the office has not been involved in illegal recruitment, saying its primary activity has been informing seafarers about jobs overseas.

As proof, the Luneta Seafarers Welfare Foundation (Luswelf) said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) could check out the Luneta Seafarers’ Center along T.M. Kalaw Street for themselves to find out if there was anything questionable in the operations of the facility.

“Since the POEA temporarily suspended its memorandum of agreement with Luswelf in May 2009 and stopped issuing a special recruitment authority to manning agencies in the area, we have abided by its decision,” Luswelf administrator Anfred Yulo said in a statement.

“We have regulated manning activities in the area and prevented them from going beyond information dissemination, advertising and the promotion of seafarer job vacancies in their respective companies,” he added.

Yulo said the center mainly serves as a meeting place for seafarers and local manpower agency representatives.
“The formal recruitment process happens at their respective offices, from the time a seafarer fills up an application form to formally signing a shipboard contract with them.” Yulo said.

The Luswelf official added that the installation of closed circuit television cameras had effectively monitored and regulated the activities of manning agencies which maintained booths at the center.

“As an advocate of seafarer welfare, the Luswelf has never allowed and will never allow illegal recruitment activities at the Luneta Seafarers’ Center. In fact, we forbid manning agencies to post their salary rates at the center to level the playing field,” Yulo said.

The center has been a convergence point for seafarers since the ’80s and a venue for manning agencies to showcase their companies to job applicants.

“Luswelf has never been and shall never be in the business of recruitment. We welcome the POEA to the center so the agency can regulate and monitor for itself the activities of manning agencies in the area,” Yulo said.

Bonjour. Mabuhay.


It’s our Independence Day today. Hope everyone is in good spirits as we push forward towards the future as a nation.

Now is the day to stir that patriotic blood flowing in your veins. Use that fire as we look towards the upcoming election.





Incidentally, it is also National ICT Month. Time to move towards the future, to a digitally empowered nation.






Bonjour. Mabuhay.

I know it has been a while but it’s a sad truth. I’m sure you know the news about the Panamanian criminal who raped one of our fellow Pinoy. Sad kasi our laws and people in charge are inept. Puro kasi daldal sa election, tapos wala naman kayang gawin pag nagtatrabaho na. I’m sure you know what I mean.

Ang tunay na problema natin? We elect the wrong people because we are easily swayed to sell our votes or we are swayed to choose a “winner”, hindi yung gusto natin dahil doon tayo naniniwala sa kakayanan ng tao na yon. Most of the time ang sasabihin mo “Hindi naman mananalo yung iboboto ko eh, kaya si ano na lang, para hindi masayang ang boto”.

Guess what, mas lalong nasayang ang boto mo. Gusto mo ng actual sample? Read on:


Paraphrasing Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, impunity means there is a crime but there is no criminal. There is an offense or violation but no one is made accountable. This is how the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo  helped us describe its own record of human rights violations. Up to this moment, retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and Arroyo, the notorious representations of human rights violations here in the Philippines, have not yet been made accountable.

Human rights violations are still being committed at an increasingly alarming rate, and yes, with impunity.

Recently, there was another infuriating account of impunity involving a diplomat: a 19-year-old woman accused Erick Bairnals Shcks, a technical officer of the Panama Maritime Authority who holds a diplomatic passport, of rape. The Department of Foreign Affairs certified that Shcks was covered by diplomatic immunity.

The DFA, based on technical and legal grounds, is sending a message to the whole world that here in the Philippines, any person holding a diplomatic passport can rape, commit a crime and get away with it, and foreigners may mistreat and abuse women.

What a pity our country is governed by those who cannot protect our people from abuses committed by foreigners right here in our own homeland. Government officials would rather invoke laws to allow an assailant to escape responsibility for his crime rather than find ways to give a rape victim justice, the culture of impunity further shielded by diplomatic immunity.

What could be worse than this?

The dignity of all persons must be protected at all costs.  Laws and policies must serve the purpose of defending  the lowly, protecting the violated and ensuring justice. But when the so-called “diplomatic immunity” is  being invoked to free the offender, what justice awaits the victim?

Freeing Shcks shows how this country has fallen short in defending its sovereignty and pursuing justice.

It’s more fun in the Philippines. Diplomats and anybody can  come and visit here, commit crimes and then leave scot-free. Impunity guaranteed! Trust the DFA.


Kasimbayan Women’s Collective,



Mag isip isip na dapat tayo. Make a stand when your time is called. You can make the biggest contribution to our country during election time. Until magising tayo (wow ang tagal na tulog ng bayan natin), saka lang natin makikita yung hinahanap na progress para sa bayan natin.

Guess I’m feeling patriotic today. 🙂



Bonjour. Mabuhay.

In order to address the illegal recruitment problems we have in the country, certain steps are being done by our government. Read the news below to see one.

Ang tanong is, will this work? Of course it will, if our elected officials and all government officials do their jobs right. We can always hope 🙂

Read on.

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, The provincial government on Friday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with certain national government agencies in a bid to make Pampanga illegal recruitment-free.

Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) manager Luningning Vergara said the MOU, a first of its kind in the Philippines, seeks to “harmonize the various efforts of the local government units in Pampanga and national government agencies to curb illegal recruitment as well as human trafficking.”

“The foremost reason for the escalation of the problem is the lack or low level of public awareness on the modus operandi of illegal recruiters and the pernicious effects of illegal recruitment. Hence, this partnership will help Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) bring down their respective information campaigns to the grassroots level,” Vergara added.

Under the MOU, POEA will regularly furnish the provincial government- thru its PESO with an updated list of licensed recruitment agencies and entities and POEA-Government Placement Branch vacancies for dissemination to constituencies together with travel updates and advisories.

Also, POEA will make available its personnel to act as resource speakers for pre-employment orientation and anti-illegal recruitment (AIR) seminars and capability enhancement trainings.

Meanwhile, OWWA will assist in the distribution of AIR information materials to its Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Family Circles and OFW Help Desks and integrate the AIR module prepared by the POEA in its regular conduct of trainings and orientations for OFWs and their families in Pampanga.

On the other hand, DOLE Regional Office 3 shall provide aid in the conduct of trainings and other capability building activities of provincial, municipal and city PESOs to effectively deliver AIR campaigns and address related issues.

DOLE-3 will also integrate AIR information campaigns in its various activities such as career coaching sessions and job fairs.

Moreover, the CFO will coordinate with the provincial government in the conduct of an annual Community Education Program (CEP) in Pampanga.

CEP shall promote awareness on concepts, issues and concerns on the challenges of international migration.

CFO shall likewise provide the provincial PESO with information materials on the campaign against human trafficking and refer local cases reported via action hotline 1343 for appropriate actions.

Present in the MOU signing were governor Lilia Pineda, POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac, OWWA administrator Carmelita Dimzon, CFO undersecretary Mary Grace Tirona and DOLE Central Luzon assistant regional director Jeraldine Panlilio along with the some mayors of the province.

Still, the best way to avoid being a victim is to stop being one. Kailangan kasi mag tanong, maging maalam at huwag basta basta magtiwala sa mga taong hindi natin kilala ng lubusan. Kahit nga yung kakilala na natin minsan naloloko pa tayo.

Magbasa at sabihin sa ibang tao ang alam mo o ang natutunan mo. Isa ito sa mga bagay bagay na makakatulong sa atin. Tandaan, ang magandang bagay na nagawa mo para sa iba ay babalik rin sayo sa tamang panahon. The same goes for the bad things you do to others.



Bonjour. Mabuhay.

School enrollment na naman, and I’m sure all of you are excited for your kids. Excited na rin sa mga kakailanganin sa pag enroll :).

So in order to help you out, I researched a list of the common and generic school enrollment items you might need to get your kids set for the upcoming school season.Note that this is not an official listing but a general idea of the basic stuff you will need for enrollment.

Here’s a generic list of the items:


a. NSO Authenticated of Birth Certificate
b. 2 copies of pictures
c. Probably a testing fee


1. Two (2) copies ID picture
2. NSO authenticated birth certificate
3. Entrance examination fee
4. Certificate of Good Moral Character* (mostly for transfer students)


  • Accomplished application forms
  • Two (2) ID pictures; the two ID pictures must be identical
  • Test Fee
  • A copy of the current report card

In light of this idea, may I invite others to comment and update the generic list based on their knowledge and experience. You will be surprised on how helping others with what you know can bring about a great relief to other people.

It’s better to be prepared than to be surprised.

Thanks a lot,


Bonjour. Mabuhay.

In case you haven’t heard. Be warned. Be informed.


The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration advised  would-be overseas Filipino workers to reject or at least be careful about job offers that require them to leave for abroad through the country’s “southern backdoor.”

POEA Administrator Hans Cacdac said the exit points in the southern parts of the country were the favorite routes used by human traffickers to smuggle out their victims.

“From the southernmost parts of Mindanao and Palawan, traveling by sea to Malaysia is the more convenient way for a human trafficker to move its victims to their final country of destination,” Cacdac said.

He said workers who use the “southern backdoor” usually end up either stranded and without work in a foreign country, or are forced to accept low-paying household jobs, or as farm hands on remote plantations, or in establishments used as fronts for prostitution.

Cacdac said human traffickers use these southern exit points to deploy workers without proper work documents to countries such as Malaysia, South Korea, China, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, and other Middle East countries.

Recently, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuala Lumpur reported that five Filipino women were being held in a night club in Malaysia controlled by a large syndicate involved in human trafficking for prostitution, Cacdac said.

The syndicate reportedly transported the victims through the Zamboanga-Sandakan-Kota Kinabalu-Johor Bahru route, he added.

Cacdac said recent studies on human trafficking in the Philippines also indicated that most of the victims were travelers deceived by their recruiters about their real jobs or the conditions of their employment overseas.

“Hence, I would advise aspiring OFWs to be doubtful when recruiters offer Mindanao and Palawan as exit points. Please be very, very careful and always check whether the recruiter, foreign employer, and the job order are in POEA records,” Cacdac said.


Be smart people.



Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Ang laki na ng population ng bayan natin. It is high time for a plan for the future.

May it is high time for every Filipino to take responsibility seriously.



The nearly 16 million increase in the Philippine population over  10 years, as shown by the 2010 Population and Housing Survey by the National Statistics Office, is yet another sign that the reproductive health bill should be passed, according to the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development Foundation.

The Philippine population as of May 1, 2010 stood at 92.337 million, according to the NSO survey. This was 15.83 million higher than the country’s population in 2000. The annual growth rate from 2000 to 2010 was 1.9 percent.

“These figures say that all the more, the government needs population and development planning, which can be provided through an RH law,” PLCPD Executive Director Ramon San Pascual said in a statement.

San Pascual said the country’s population growth rate of 1.9 percent was still one of the highest in Asia. This could also be attributed to the lack of a comprehensive reproductive health policy and the poor’s lack of access to family planning education and services.

He also said that based on the 2008 National Demographic and Health Survey, 33 percent of total pregnancies among Filipinos were mistimed or unplanned.

“It is disheartening that as we grow rapidly, the number of babies born comes from the poor, who in the first place are not ready to carry the burden of having yet another child or children for that matter,” he said.

He said managing the country’s ballooning population could be done, if only legislators would pass the much-needed measure that would provide reproductive health education and services.

The RH bill has been pending for over 10 years in Congress and has always been the subject of contentious debates. The latest version of the bill is awaiting approval on second reading in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Advocates of the bill earlier said the measure was already ripe for a vote because no new issues or questions were being raised against it, and all the concerns brought out have been answered.

The bill seeks to define the government’s policy on reproductive health, and among its features is the provision of artificial methods of birth control, sex education for students and health services for women.


Pinakamalaki na growth rate in Asia?

We can’t take this sitting around and expect things to get better on their own.




Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Again, thank you very much for finding time to browse and view and visit this blog site. Last May 11, 2011, we have breached the 10,000 mark on views and visits to the various blog subjects we have posted here in our blogsite.

On the 4th of July, we breached the 20,000th mark…… (fireworks in the sky) 🙂

Looking forward to more big things for everyone.

Thank you very much.


MC 🙂

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Thank you very much for finding time to browse and view and visit this blog site.
As of 3:03 pm, May 11, 2011, we have breached the 10,000 mark on views and visits to the various blog subjects we have posted here in our blogsite.

Looking forward to more and more people that will enjoy the hopefully useful information we gather in this part of the web world.

Thank you very much.


MC 🙂

Bonjour. Mabuhay.

Stay informed.
May 06, 2011

MANILA – Philippine troops arrested a member of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group who is now working as a security guard at a hotel in the country’s capital, police said Friday.

Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao, chief of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, said they apprehended the suspect, Arabani Jakiran, 39, Thursday morning in front of the Pacific Plaza Tower hotel in Taguig city.

Jakiran, a native of Sulu province, was linked to several kidnapping incidents in the south. He was allegedly among the Abu Sayyaf men who in June 2001 kidnapped 21 tourists from the posh Dos Palmas resort in the western Philippine province of Palawan.

Pagdilao said Jakiran has a standing warrant of arrest for kidnapping for ransom case issued by Basilan Judge Danilo Buloy.

PNP Chief Director General Raul Bacalzo said Jakiran’s arrest is in line with their thrust to intensify operations against the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf following the recent killing of al- Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

Bacalzo said the police establishment has renewed its campaign against the Abu Sayyaf “to prevent them from carrying out retaliatory attacks in the wake of (Osama’s) death.”

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