Posts Tagged With: Work Abroad

8 Hot tips to snipe one illegal recruiter

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Did you know that 75% of problems some Filipinos faced overseas were caused by illegal recruiters? It’s the bad news which Merliza M. Makinano, Director of the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) International Labour Service, affirmed during her visit in United Arab Emirates (UAE), and as per an online report posted by Gulf News General.

To eliminate illegal recruitment and/or prevent further damage, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration(POEA), as the Official Gazette of the Philippines writes online, warns Filipino workers against accepting offers of employment without proper work documents or using the “the easy way out” via the “no tourist visa” arrangement with ASEAN member states such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and Thailand.

It’s also my advocacy to fight illegal recruitment hence, I’ll be giving you here some hot tips how to identify and avoid badass illegal recruiters!

Here’s how.

1. He asks you to post an immediate placement fee. If paid, he doesn’t issue any official receipt.
2. He promises a swift departure.
3. He required you to undertake any medical examination and/or training even without properly disclosing an applicable employment contract and/or a trusted employer.
4. He invited you to deal with him inside a mall, restaurant and any other public place and not inside a licensed recruitment agency’s office.
5. You may see him doing house-to-house recruitment in the community and when asked about the job offer, he has likely little or no concrete idea about it.
6. He represents himself as one agent of a direct-hiring employer. For such reason, he tells you that the job offer doesn’t need to pass by POEA’s scrutiny.
7. He tells you that he came from a licensed recruitment agency but he has no Identification Card (ID) to show.
8. He encourages you to help him look for other work-abroad aspirants like you. If you happen to cooperate, he would expedite your flight abroad, even saying you can leave the country without a valid employment contract or a working visa.

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Peepz, illegal recruiters are likely afraid of educated men!
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Ten stunning ‘Wonder Woman’ seafarers who can teach us how to fight tooth and nail

Before my eyes, these girls are all Diana Prince.

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According to Madame Eleanor Roosevelt however, they’re tea bags!?
Here’s why, “A woman is like a teabag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water!” the icon quoted. “Mom, bring me the water cooker, please?” Joke only. 🙂

Kidding aside, smooth seas don’t make skilful sailors. A stormy sea is literally boiling and well, a clay-hearted person would be likely imperilled, unless otherwise he becomes his own man of steel. If such kind of metamorphosis happens, hear Wonder Woman (when she ate ice cream for the first time, and loving the taste of it in the blockbuster movie) chiming in, “It’s wonderful, You should be very proud!”

She’s right, it’s really something to be proud of! But have you figured out how to become the better version of yourself yet? If you’re still looking for an inspiration, don’t stop reading.

On this point, let me present notable women who have ‘wonder’ attitude to survive the high seas, fight boredom, homesickness, isolation and even sexism at sea. Lucky enough, no storm has stopped them to go great lengths. Their hard-earned experiences both at sea and ashore are worth sharing hence, take time to read their compelling stories.

1. Jasmin Labarda
– A seafarer’s daughter who followed his father’s footsteps at sea and later became the first ever Filipina Ship Captain. An alumna of MAAP, Capt. Labarda reached the pinnacle of her career when she was just 27 years old. Read more.

2. Maria Kristina Javellana
– Filipina Master Mariner Maria Kristina Javellana is ‘Beauty and Best’ Captain. She said she aspired to be a Captain not just because it will be her status but rather, she wants to handle people and give them what is just and right. Read more.

3. Nina Sue da Silva
– Engr. Nina Sue da Silva is the pioneering licensed Filipina Marine Chief Engineer. On one Inquirer article, Engr. da Silva showed us how to boldly fight sexists at sea. Read more.

4. Rachelle Marie Alvariño
– Rachelle Marie Alvariño is now a third officer sailing with Teekay. While studying in college, she actively volunteered to do community services, peer facilitating and peer mentoring.

5. Jovelyn Sosa
– Third Officer Jovelyn Sosa is a classmate of Rachelle Alvariño. They both work in the same company. Jovelyn is an artist and enjoys serving the community too!

6. Lourdes Arce
– Third officer Lourdes Arce sailed with TSM before. A graduate of University of Cebu – LM campus, she happily married a fellow seafarer and now a proud mother to their son.

7. Maike Fritz Ligan
– Maike Fritz Ligan is one unrestrained beautiful soul. A Planned Maintenance System (PMS) engineer of Teekay, she boldly showed us jaw-dropping ways on how the sea can literally set someone free. Check her awesome adventures here.

8. Arlene Geli Chua
– Geli Chua is a versatile seawoman who serves the maritime industry both at sea and ashore. A graduate of University of Cebu-LM, she’s a 3rd Assistant Engineer working in Teekay today.

9. Fairy Lyn Guillem
– PMS Engineer Guillem graduated from John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University – Molo Campus and now connected with Teekay. In one of our interviews, Engr. Guillem said she act ‘boyish’ to shoo male crewmates who likely have flowery words and sweet promises to win her heart.

10. Prey Ponceja
– When Prey Ponceja’s images surfaced online, she wowed netizens of her face that could launch thousands of ships. A daughter of a seafarer, we dig deeper why she became an instant internet sensation. Eventually, we found out that she’s ‘Miss Universe’ material. Here’s my blog about her unique personality.

Becoming a better person is not an overnight success. Learn to believe in yourself, face your fears and never stop trying, no matter what kind of ‘war’ tears your spirit into shattered pieces now.

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I’m sure my ‘Wonder Woman’ Filipina seafarers list is not complete. If you know someone else who can be a source of pride and inspiration to many people, share her story and your healthy thoughts by writing a comment below.
Let’s be wonderful men, women and children of the world, shall we?

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She’s Fairer as a Seafarer (#SFAS) is a worldwide campaign of i-Pinoy Circle which started in 2013 and fosters the welfare of women serving the maritime industry, particularly in a male-dominated profession called seafaring.

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FREE to download PDF Guides for OFWs

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If you are an OFW bound to work in one of these countries, learn the country’s custom, culture, law and religion.

The guide you can get here is handy since it’s PDF. Once downloaded, you may store it in your computer or smart phones and read anytime you want and anywhere safe you go!

Guides source: OWWA Management Information System Division

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Better Safe Than Sorry: 10 Do’s and Don’ts Overseas Filipinos should bear in mind

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If you’re leaving the country soon or you’re already working abroad, don’t compromise your health, safety and security.

Below are significant tips I got from OWWA’s PDOS and which I’m fervently encouraging you to read and learn by heart:

1.  DO learn and understand the host country’s language.

2.  DO respect the culture, traditions and practices of your host country.

3.  DO follow your work contract.

4.  DO abide by laws, rules and regulations of your host country.

5.  DON’T carry, use or sell drugs, substances, compounds and chemicals classified as illegal in the host country.

6.  DON’T accept any hand-carried package from anyone unless you first see what is inside.  Many people have been arrested and jailed for carrying firearms and drugs without their knowledge.

7.  DON’T engage in activities which are considered illegal in your host country (gambling/lotto, liquor/alcohol use, cybersex, possession and/or sale of pirated video materials and/or obscene materials/articles).

8.  DON’T lend your laptops to friends and acquaintances who may use them for illegal purposes.

9.  DON’T live beyond your means.  Avoid falling into a debt trap.

10.  DON’T believe in get-rich-quick scams.  Examples are text messages that you have won in an electronic lottery, e-mail offering to transfer huge amount of money to your bank account.

This post originally appeared in OWWA’s website. Minor edits applied.

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Report ‘supacash’ and other abusive medical practitioners to DOH

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Since I blogged ‘Supacare, Supacash and Supafear: A seafarers medical dilemma‘, many had shared to me their thoughts about some medical practitioners’ negligence during the conduct of their respective medical examinations, while some desperately echoed their own bad experiences.

By the way, if you haven’t read Marco’s bloody medical exam story yet, I encourage you to discover what happened to him and what I mean of terms ‘supacash’ and ‘supa fear’ here.

I reiterate, I’m writing a blog post like this not to degrade a certain medical institution but mainly to encourage OFWs, particularly seafarers and seafarer aspirants to be vigilant and take a stand against tricksters (unfortunately a lot are licensed professionals) during the conduct of their Pre-Employment Medical Examination (PEME).

To be fair with one concerned clinic, we gave 101% support to this comment, written by someone named Greg.

Hi. Seaman po ang tatay ko. Diyan din sya nagpapa-medical. Hindi naman din siguro tama ang akusasyon ng karamihan tungkol sa clinic na yan. Hindi lahat ng empleyado ay ganyan ang turing sa mga pasyente, katulad ng tatay ko. Medyo natagalan din bago ma-fit, pero sinigurado nila na “FIT” talaga ang tatay ko bago sya sumakay. Nai-explain ng maayos to ng isang nurse kung bakit at kung ano ang kailangan gawin para lang maiwasan ang anumang pangyayari na hindi natin masasabi na pedeng mangyari sa barko.
Concern lang ako kasi masyado na mapang-husga ang mga seaman na hindi nila inaalam ang tunay na ibig sabihin ng pre-employment medical examination. Naiintindihan ko din naman ang mga hinaing ng bawat isa sainyo.
Napapagastos kayo, nahihirapan kayo, at sa hindi inaasahan minsan ay naa-unfit. Kung ikaw tatanungin. Malalaman mo ba kung may sakit ka? Alam mo ba gagawin mo? Diba puro tanong ka din? Nagbabago ang katawan ng tao, at malamang di mo yun alam kasi nga “wala ka namang nararamdaman”, kaya sa pagkakaalam mo ay wala kang sakit.
Ang maipapayo ko lang sainyo, ay alagaan ang sarili, ang kalusugan. Kasi una sa lahat katawan nyo naman ang puhunan nyo. Kung di nyo aalagaan sarili nyo, malamang magkakaron kayo ng findings. At para maiwasan ang ma-supa cash, panatilihing maganda ang kalagayan ng sarili, umiwas sa hindi magandang gawain.
Salamat.

On the other hand, these wrecked voices deserves to be heard.

Joyce commented in May 2:

hi goodpm po s lht,gus2 ko lng pong ishare ang nging experience ko dyn s super cash n yn.s 22o lng po 7x n po akong sumasakay at ngppmedical pero itong taon lng po last feb.ngpamedical po ako dyn s clinic n yan at sbi po nla my gallbladder stone po ako at recommended is for removal,ngpunta po ako s agency ko pra manghingi ng advice pro wla dw po clang mggwa kung gus2 ko dw pong umalis kailangan ko pong mgpaopera..dahil po s kagus2han kong mkaalis agd dhl kailangan kailangan po kc single mom po ako at naubos lht ng savings ko ng mamatay nanay ko last year 2016 wla po akong ngwa kundi mgpaopera siningil po ako ng di aabot s 70k pesos at after 1wk po clear nmn nla ako pro mskit po nito ngpaopera ako at pumayag s supercash n mgpaopera kht npkamahal na sna pra s pangastos n lng nmn magiina hbng d p ako nkakaalis eh npunta dun operation n sbi ng superc**** eh kailangan2 n tanggalin,pro po s ngayon naubos n pera ko dhl dyn s supercash n yan eh matagal p pla alis ko..kung alam ko lng d n sna ako pumayag s supercash n yan n magpaopera…sna ipasara n lmg yang clinic n yan n sobra mangikil s mga seafarer tpos ibang mga staff mayayabang p at msusungit…

Rosa replied to Joyce the following day;

Leave it all to GOD ALMIGHTY, SIYA lng ang magbibigay ng matinding aksyon sa mga ganyang klaseng tao. Mga walang respeto sa mga PAGHIHIRAP,PAGSISIKAP AT SAKRIPISYO ng mga OFW. Sa halip na magmalasakit , INGGIT pa nanaig sa kanila dahil sila hindi makaalis ng bansa o baka pinagiipunan na nila pr makapagabroad din sila o mga BIGTIME INGGETERA’T INGGETERO sa mga sweldo ng OFW lalo na ng mga SEAFARERS.
Sana may magseryosong Ahensya ng Gobyerno na TUMULONG sa mga OFW natin at masusing imbestigahan ang lahat ng Medical Clinic na mapagsamantala.
GOD BLESS TO ALL OFW.

While an unknown person posted another comment:

Everything is true about this super cash.. I’ve experience it several times.. Every medical ko lagi na lng sa findingz nila may UTI ako.. Pero before and after ng medical ko nagpapacheck up ako sa personal doctor ko and OB..negative nman results.. I tried the 3rd time n pinabalik nila ko bcoz of that said UTI I have them the result of my examination conducted by my personal doctor saying that wala nmn tlaga ako UTI.. but they would’nt accept it. But to my surprise bigla na lng clear n ko… O di ba?? Kaya nga Hwag tayo basta papayag sa sinasabi nila kapag sinabi nila na may sakit ka try mo magpasecond opinion sa ibang doctor na hindi nila nirefer.

And 3 more comments were posted on the same day;

Yhna:

hi good day share ko lang din experience ng cousin at husband ko sa superc**** manila. Yung cousin ko nag pa sched sa kanila for physial exam dahil di pa naman siya mag rerenew ng medical pero pinatagal pa nila yung result bago nila irelease paalis nalang yung pinsan ko pero ayaw pa nila irelease yung result kung di pa sila aawayin hindi nila ibibigay. And now yung husband ko naman nag pa medical nung march 6, 2017 fit ang result pero nakita nila yung tuyong sugat sa kamay ng husband ko which is yung allergy niya na nakuha sa barko kaya nirequest nila ng “patch test” nirefer nila kami sa Manila doctors. Nagbayad kami ng 6,500 sa madocs para sa test at pag labas ng result after 1 week pinasa agad ng husband ko sa superc**** ang unang nakalagay sa onlne transmittal ” waiting for recommendation ℅ RCCL” ” Temporarily Unfit” then nung april 18, 2017 nakalagay na ” To send update ℅ RCCL” after ilang days ang nakalagay nanaman ” Waiting for mrf certificate” tumawag kami agad sa kanila since nag update yung online nila pero ang sabi ng kausap ko waiting parin daw ng approval ng principal tinanong ko siya bakit nag update yung online kung waiting parin ng approval sabi niya wait maam palitan ko lang po then pinalitan niya ang nilagay niya “Awaiting approval from principal” sabay sabi yan maam napalitan ko na po. Pero bago niya gawin yun Hinold niya yung phone for a minute may kinausap siyang nag tanong siya kung may update na yung medical ng husband ko then sabi wala daw tinawag niyang sir gino yung kausap niya. always kami nag fofollow up sa kanila pero walang update lagi ang sinasabi nila. Dapat Joining date ng husband ko nung april 29 pero di siya nakaalis dahil wala pa yung medical niya, Nagtataka lang kami dahil nung april 16, 2017 may email kaming na receive, contract na pinipirmahan ng husband ko kapag naka onboard siya at sabi ng co workers niya onbord naka line up siya dun sa barko and expected siya na darating nung april 29. Hanggang ngayon walang update ang superc****, dapat siguro mag kaisa ang mga Seafarer na nagka problema sa superc**** dapat nirereport sila since hindi lang isang tao ang nagrereklamo sa ginagawa nila para matigil na yung mga pang hohold nila sa tao.

Sophie:

Just this morning nalaman kong ganyan din ang findings sakin sa superc****. Nakakalungkot kasi sa batch ko sa upl pang ilan na kong binigyan nila ng ganyang findings. Most of them ang findings sa cbc daw. Imbis na nakakaasikaso na ko ng ibang papeles ko kelangan ko pa silang balik balikan para jan. Wala naman akong choice kundi sumunod sa kagustuhan para para mafit to work na ko. Nakakapanghina ng loob.
same story sakin yung seafarer sa post na ‘to. Just this morning nalaman kong may pulmo scar ako kuno. Like wtf?? Lahat ng test na ginawa sakin sa superc**** maayos. Wala akong history ng ganyang sakit tapos biglang may pulmo scar daw ako. Joke ba ‘to? Then the staff told me to come back to their clinic on monday para sa sputum test at para sa clearnance. Grabe. Imbis na makakapag visa na ko kelangan ko pang bumalik balik sa superc*** para mafit lang ako.

Otetszki selabu:

Haaaaaaysss… Hindi lang pala ako. It is my first time to renew my medical in supac****. 1st day 15th of december 2016, i was so happy to finished my medical examination from 6am till 11am during the same day. I was surprised kasi hindi ko ini-expect na magiging mabilis lng pala. Then they told me to check online for the status of my medical examination for approval. Confident ako kasi wala po ako bisyo. Even on my previous medical examination from different clinic na wala akong findings. Eto na, confident ako na walang findings sa akin kasi po health conscious ako. So january 8,2017 ko chineck online ang status ko sa supac**** to spend my 1st ever christmas and newyear with my family. Suddenly, my triglyciride was elevated ang findings. So went back to supac**** then they just told me to buy some medicine from them and take those for 1 month. Once i showed them the meds, ok na daw po yun. Pero after a week pinapabalik na naman ako kasi daw kailangan ako kausapin. Meron daw akong grade 1 varicocoele. Its a very long story po, i end up having surgery even thou my surgeon doesnt want me to do the surgery kasi nga daw po its unnecessary and asymptomatic. Sa kagustuhan ko makasakay at matupad ang munting pangarap sa pamilya ko ay bigla po unti-ubting nawawala dahil sa findings na hindi naman na tama. Nalaman ko nalang mismo sa principal ko itong supac*** ay hindi nagpa-followup sa principal ko kahit na ang agency ko ay madaming beses na ngemail sa supac**** para sa sagot ng principal ko. Until now, temporary unfit ako kahit na fit to work na ang mga documents ko galing pa mismo sa surgeons ko. From 12/15/16 to present,wala pa din progress. Nakakawalan ng pagasa…

While their claims are unverified, the experiences shared all sound too good to be true.

Let’s make a stand against any form of malpractices.Biting the bullet should be stopped.

Did you know that the Department of Health has strong mandates to medical screening clinics with regards to mandatory pre-employment medical examination (PEME) basic package price? In fact, it shall only cost 2,000-2,500 pesos!

To know more how a medical clinic should ‘behave’ during the conduct of your medical exam, read this blogpost.

Medical practitioners/institutions who are behaving badly to its clients should be reported to the Department of Health.

For inquiries or concerns, contact the Department of Health – Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau at 651-7800 locals 2512 (Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Division) or 2528 (Quality Assurance and Monitoring Division) while for complains, call 651-7800 local 2527 (Complaints Management and Action Unit).

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It’s Showtime! Pinoy Cruisers show force in TV, united as one family

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Last Wednesday, May 24, some seafarers working in cruise ships and cruise ship job aspirants jovially appeared on ‘It’s Showtime’, a noontime TV show of ABS-CBN. Led by Pambansang Cruiser and Vblogger Rinell Banda, the group had proven that the Filipino cruise community is just getting bigger and louder to fulfill a special positive role in our society.

I truly commend Rinell Banda’s leadership. Under his watch two other activities, a grand fusion and a gift-giving activity, happened last April 22 and May 14, respectively. The former event had mainly benefited seafarer aspirants as legit recruiters accepted their CVs, as well as inspiring cruisers shared them their cool experiences working at sea and personal guides and tips on how to secure their dream cruise ship job. Meanwhile, the latter made around 100 poor people smile the sweetest that day. They received gift packs of goods from various benevolent sponsors whom Rinell tapped to donate for the needy.

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But of course, my friend isn’t Superman. Hence, he called for physical assistance and I’m glad to note that many had responded positively to volunteer from setting the venue of the said two events to recently showing the spirit of true blooded Pinoy cruisers ‘live’ on TV!

On the other hand, the father of Buhay Sa Cruise Ship (BSCS) told me the goal of the said activity, “For group exposure and yung sobrang pera ibibigay sa community.” (“For group exposure and excess money collected will be donated to the community.”)

Since the public is a bit impassive of our profession, I believe appearing on TV could indeed bolster our PH’s modern hero image. More importantly, seafarers become prominent catalysts of nation building.

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Kudos to our Pinoy cruisers happy and strong family!

Ya’ all look great on TV! 🙂

Inspired by what Pinoy cruisers community contribute for our country?

Join Buhay sa Cruise Ship and Working Pinoy Cruise Ships Facebook groups today!

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What can you say about Pinoy cruisers live on It’s Showtime?

Let us hear your thoughts by writing a comment below!

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Mga Bagong Bayani ng Pilipinas

 

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1. MV HORIZON CREW

At the height of the civil war in Yemen on 17 August 2015, the Port of Hodeidah where the MV Horizon was berthed was bombed by the Saudi-led coalition.

It could have been a major catastrophe at sea if not for the decisiveness and maneuvering skills of the 22 Filipino Crew of MV Horizon who are honored as Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employees.

Captain Virgilio A. Javier wasted no time directing his crew to proceed to the lower deck for shelter.

After getting clearance from the vessel owner to leave the port due to the dangerous situation, the crew successfully brought the vessel to safety using their maneuvering skills and sheer determination. They were able to do this amid continuous bombings and zero visibility brought by the thick smoke.

The crew of MV Horizon has shown decisive action and exemplary teamwork in a risky situation that prevented the loss of lives and property and potential damage to the environment. They have set a good example not only to their fellow Filipino seafarers but to all their colleagues at sea.

2. CAPT. PAULINO BELEN

Captain Belen has been a seafarer for thirty (30) years. His decisiveness and readiness to take action when duty calls has brought him to where he is today.

This was exhibited on the 24th of December 2015 when Captain Belen led a rescue operation of two European crew onboard a race yacht whose lives at that time were threatened by huge waves and rough winds while sailing. His vessel MV Star Isfjor was on its way to The Netherlands from the USA when the call to assist was received. He immediately led his team to battle ten-meter waves and strong winds without any hesitation on the imminent danger that lies ahead. Despite extreme weather conditions and several unsuccessful attempts, Capt. Belen did not waver in his strong determination until he was able to save the precious lives of the two sailors.

This heroic feat and that of his crew was recognized in various media platforms in Europe, once again proving the Filipino Seafarers’ gallantry.

The leadership, excellent seamanship and heroism of Captain Belen makes him truly worthy for the Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee Award.

3. CAPT. JONATHAN SISON

A native of Cebu, Captain Sison has been a seafarer for more than thirty (30) years having obtained his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation at the Philippine Merchant Maritime School-Manila in the 80’s. The formative years he spent at the University of San Carlos in Cebu has greatly influenced his desire to help the needy early on in his life.

Captain Sison is a Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee Awardee for saving the lives of nine (9) Algerian refugees who experienced being aimlessly adrift for days in the Mediterranean Sea without food and water.

On the 24th of August 2015, Captain Sison and his crew, while on their way to Spain onboard MV Star Herdia spotted these helpless refugees who have been refused entry by the European countries. He immediately contacted the Algerian authorities to report about the plight of their fellow nationals but was refused help.

While fully aware that he will get the ire of the Spanish authorities, his fortitude to save precious lives prevailed upon him to rescue the beleaguered refugees. With the help of his crew, he provided them with food and temporary shelter. Capt. Sison never regretted his decision and will continue to risk his life and limb to help others in distress.

This makes him truly commendable as a Bagong Bayani Awardee.

4. ENGR. DANIEL CABASA

Daniel Galano Cabasa, an electrical engineer by profession, has worked overseas for the past seventeen (17) years holding managerial positions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

He is a project manager who possesses solid leadership and technical skills in the field of power and energy sector providing inspiration to other Filipino electrical practitioners and skilled professionals. He unselfishly shared his skills and expertise in the field enabling his fellow Filipinos to work with pride and dignity, as well as uplift their quality of life by having a better job as licensed professionals.

One of his outstanding achievements was his unconditional support for the under-board Filipino electrical practitioners and electricians in Riyadh to become licensed professionals in the field of electrical engineering. His unique way of teaching enabled them to have a better passing rate in the exams by sharing his theoretical and technical skills as Board Reviewer/Instructor in the Special Professional Licensure Board Examination (SPLBE) regularly conducted in Saudi Arabia under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission.

He also conducted skills development trainings and seminars for professional advancement and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program in fulfillment and preparation for registration to the Asean Accreditation for Professional Engineers (ACPE).

Mr. Cabasa was Chapter President of the Integrated Institute of Electrical Engineers – Central Region Chapter- Saudi Arabia (IIEE-CRCA) in 2014 where he also served in various capacities for many years. He strongly advocated for global competitiveness during his term challenging its members to equip themselves with necessary trainings in supervisory and managerial skills, and served as channels for the exchange of knowledge, technical information, and skills development, among others.

In recognition of his significant contributions for the benefit of Filipino workers, including his involvement in many socio-civic activities, he was conferred the prestigious “Gawad ng Pangulo,” award for Banaag Category, representing the IIEE-CRCA in 2014. To this day, he continues to be involved with the organization as its Chapter Adviser.

Earlier, through his dedication and perseverance in helping fellow practitioners, he was recognized by the IIEE National Committee on Selection and Awards as one of the Most Outstanding Electrical Practitioners.

Mr. Cabasa is most worthy of emulation for the Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee.

5. DR. JOEFFREY CALIMAG

Professor Joeffrey Maddatu Calimag, Ph.D., is the only Southeast Asian professor at the University of Ulsan in South Korea teaching in International Business, Trade and Global Management.

As an esteemed professor and scholar, Dr. Calimag has delivered a number of lectures not only in South Korea but in various countries in Southeast Asia including the Philippines as an expert in international business.

He has worked tirelessly as an OFW and has made significant contributions in promoting the welfare of Filipinos and other migrant workers in South Korea. Dr. Calimag is an advocate of financial literacy having conducted several seminars to Filipino communities in South Korea. He is also the adviser of the Financial Literacy Advocates Network (FLAN), a newly organized group in South Korea that resulted from the activities of the Global Filipino Investor (TGFI). Whenever he is in Manila, he is a regular guest and resource person at the ABS-CBN Teleradyo show aired every Sunday, discussing relevant topics on saving and budgeting tips during the holidays and personal finance of migrant workers and their families.

An advocate of volunteerism, he promotes the welfare of migrants by serving as a counsellor at the Korea Migrants Center for almost five years to different nationalities. He was also a news anchor of the Migrants’ Network TV Multilingual Migrant News program at MNTV.net, English editor of Migrant OK News Magazine, Public Information Officer of the Association of Filipino Educators in Korea (AFEK) and editor-in-chief of the Sulyapinoy Newsletter of the Filipino EPS Workers Association (FEWA).

Dr. Calimag has helped bridge friendship and foster goodwill between Filipinos living in South Korea and the Koreans. He has been the editor of several Korean-Filipino language guide books intended for the use of multicultural families and migrant workers, thus, bringing new insights in multiculturalism in South Korea.

His expertise in the Korean language and knowledge of labor laws and immigration policies proven useful as a mediator and translator in conflicts and labor disputes involving migrant workers.

For his numerous accomplishments as an OFW and his great efforts in promoting the welfare of Filipinos and other migrant workers in South Korea, Dr. Calimag is bestowed the Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee.

6. DR. JUAN LUCERO JR.

Dr. Juan Cruz Lucero, Jr. is a teacher for 25 years specializing in the field of special education for children with autism, having spent the last four (4) years in the United States of America. He has completed numerous trainings on special education for children with autism and was given a certificate of appreciation for mentoring students with special needs.

Owing to his excellent performance in classroom teaching, he was selected as one of the teachers of Gallup-McKinley County Schools to qualify for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) retention, an education grouping used worldwide when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness of students in the science and technology department.

Further, in recognition of his teaching competencies, the State of New Mexico granted him a Level III-A Instructional Leader Special License.

True to his commitment, Dr. Lucero wrote a workbook on mentoring that is being used by students for career readiness pathway.

His hometown in Norzagaray, Bulacan has also recognized his notable achievements. In 2006, the Norzagaray Smiles Club, in appreciation of town mates who have accomplished their goals in life, awarded him a Plaque of Recognition as an Outstanding Citizen in the field of education.

For having exhibited excellence in the field of special education for children with autism, Dr. Lucero is accorded the Bagong Bayani for Outstanding Employee.

7. HENELYN COLLIS

A nurse by profession, Henelyn De Ruña-Collis rose from the ranks to become Assistant Director of Al Jahra Hospital in Kuwait where she dedicated 30 productive years of her life. She went through numerous experiences such as war, fire, terror attack and trauma which strongly put her skills, courage, patience and strength to the test. Her selfless actions towards patients, regardless of their color, race or belief, saved the lives of many, thus earning the admiration and respect of various nationalities.

In 1990, when Kuwait was invaded by Iraq, she remained steadfast despite imminent danger. Neither did she opt to escape or leave. She bravely stayed behind to attend to the sick and wounded civilians and military soldiers alike. She also helped her colleagues overcome their fears and focus on saving lives which uplifted their morale and gave them the drive to help others.

In March 2003, when Iraq again attempted to invade Kuwait and spread the use of nerve gas as a potent means for mass killing, Ms. Collis immediately volunteered to spearhead a comprehensive training program for nurses and hospital personnel on how to handle and treat patients exposed to the harmful substance. She was a leader, a teacher, a health care provider who inspired the hospital personnel to contribute their precious time and share their knowledge to avoid major casualties.

In 2008 and 2011, she fearlessly led rescue operations beyond her duty and capacity when a fire broke during a wedding in two separate occasions. These were considered biggest emergencies in Kuwait where hundreds of children and women suffered severe burns, resulting to death of thousands.

Ms. Collis is also an active Filipino community leader and volunteer in various socio-civic activities and outreach programs in Kuwait. She heads the Filipino Nurses Association in Kuwait (FNAK) which initiated medical missions and the promotion of welfare of Filipino domestic helpers in close coordination with the Philippine Embassy. She is also the President of Hiligaynon Community in Kuwait (HCK) which organized fund raising campaign and charitable activities for the benefit of distressed OFWs and calamity stricken areas in the Philippines.

Ms. Collis is a living modern hero who truly deserves the Community and Social Service Award and the distinguished Blas F. Ople Para sa Natatanging Bagong Bayani Award and worthy of being dubbed as “Florence Nightingale of the Philippines.”

8. FIDEL ESCUREL

An exemplary IT professional, a philantropist, a well regarded Filipino community leader, a true National Pride perfectly describe Fidel Manzo Escurel.

He ardently served the Filipino community in various capacities such as the Founder and Vice-Chairperson of Foundation of Filipino Workers Worldwide (FFWW) offering socio civic service and lending credibility to Filipinos in Qatar, USA, and other countries; President of Romblomanon Diri sa Qatar (RDQ) which spearheaded a donation campaign for typhoon victims in the Philippines. He was also Overall Chairperson for the 2012 Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee (PINOC); Overall Leader/Coordinator for the preparation of Philippine festivals, parade, trade fairs, publication of “Isang Sulyap Souvenir Program and various Philippine Embassy outreach programs and charitable projects.

Mr. Escurel organized a series of financial literacy trainings/seminars for our kababayans and actively engaged in the promotion of human rights, gender equality, health care access and opportunity for low income earners.

He has consistently gone beyond the call of duty to be of service to his countrymen. He always extends volunteer service to the Philippine Embassy in Doha. His noble acts to help the Filipino community made him a recipient of several citations.

His leadership in socio-civic activities has benefitted not only the overseas Filipino workers but his kababayans as well. He was active in various programs such as Rebuild: Convergence for Sustainable Livelihood Project Assistance under the “Bangon Western Visayas” through CFO-LINKAPIL.

Fidel Manzo Escurel is worthy of emulation of Filipinos overseas and deserving of the Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service.

9. LITO NAVARRO

Lito Rayman Navarro joined Cornwall Enterprise Company Ltd. in 2004 as Machine Operator. Although that was his main job assignment, he willingly volunteered to do other tasks whenever a co-worker is unavailable or a department needs additional manpower. He did not only volunteer for the sake of earning extra income, but completed each task promptly and diligently. Having gained full knowledge of the different aspects of the company’s operations, he was designated as a Quality Controller.

He is a friend to his co-workers, always ready to assist and share technical knowledge. He was able to adapt well to people in all levels of the organization and is a dependable and trustworthy employee.

With these traits, he was the only foreign worker who was granted an all access authority in the company’s premises. He was also given the responsibility to lead the workers in the start and end of daily job routine. His efforts were considered as a vital contribution to the company’s growth and success. He was conferred the prestigious “Outstanding Foreign Worker Award in Taiwan” by the Council of Labor Affairs in April 2014 for his exemplary work ethics.

Despite working overseas, Mr. Navarro did not forget to give back to his countrymen. He spearheaded several advocacy work such as the establishment of scholarship funds, medical outreach, cultural, sports and environmental programs through a local non-government organization “INARO – KABABALI/IYO.

Mr. Navarro has not only proven to be an exemplary Overseas Filipino Worker who brought honor to the Philippines but an outstanding Filipino willing to extend selfless contribution to his motherland and uplift the lives of his fellow countrymen. He proved that distance is not a hindrance to a willing spirit making him completely worthy to be recognized as recipient of Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service!

*Photos and text credits of Bagong Bayani Awards

BLOGBITES

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13 Reasons Why Filipina Ship Capt. Che Javellana is ‘Beauty and the Best’

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Master Mariner Ma. Kristina ‘Che’ Javellana, our Sailing Republic’s newly crowned ‘Beauty and the Best’ queen.

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Her majesty joins the rank of female sea rulers Capt. Jasmin Labarda and Chief Engineer Nina da Silva. In fact, they all graduated from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP).

The truth is, the dear captain has got not merely my attention. After some research and online interview, (just a little change; small, to say the least) her peerless personality captured my keen interest and respect.

Like Belle of the hit movie Beauty and the Beast, Che is a beautiful person you would like to hang-out with. She is strong, confident and bright. Capt. Che doesn’t need a beast though, to unleash her best. She have had courageously traverse the oceans and sailed continents from coasts to coasts. She spent most of her time at sea, away from her beloved family, friends and even without prince charming. As a seafarer myself, I must say her highness’ journey was never been a fairy tale.

Perhaps, you’re aware that to toil at sea is not easy (a tale as old as time, true as it can be) but through the years, Capt. Che built herself a prominent queen. She certainly (certain as the sun, rising in the east) composed herself well to reign on time.

She had been on the battlefield for years. With iron boots on, she fought the hardest to help serve the global economic boom. Amidst stormy seas, she sagaciously led her men to execute their mission. Filipino migrant workers like her are indeed prolific and world class (a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme).

As a seafarer advocate, I was able to meet a handful of women sailors but candid Capt. Che is exceptional among others. In our fun chikahan, we can learn these 13 valuable life skills from her:

1.BE WHO YOU ARE

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2.RUN THE WORLD

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3.FOSTER MENTORING

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4.FLEX YOUR MUSCLE, GIRL

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5.PERFORM BEST

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6.STAY POSITIVE

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7.BE MOTIVATED

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8.CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY

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9.FOOD IS LIFE

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10.STAY IN LOVE

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11.STAND-UP AGAINST BULLYING

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12.WORK WITH A HEART

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and lastly,

13.SERVE THE PEOPLE.

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Thank you for providing our sailing republic sunshine, Capt. Che Javellana!

We wish you and your crew safe sailings, always.

Hart. Hart ❤

BLOGBITES

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Five reminders new WALK-IN APPLICANTS of seaman’s book should not ignore

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Before you can work in any 350 Gross Tonnage & above foreign-flagged ship or a Philippine-registered ship, you need a Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) or what is commonly known to many seafarers as ‘seaman’s book’.

Since it’s your first time to apply, take note of the following:

1.Requirements

For new applicants, bring the ORIGINAL COPY and ONE (1) PHOTOCOPY of these documents:

  • Birth Certificate on Security Paper (SECPA) or Passport
  • Valid NBI Clearance
  • Valid Basic Safety Training (BST) or Basic Training (BT) Certificate; and
  • Official Receipt of Basic Safety Training (BST) or Basic Training (BT) Course

Meanwhile, if you are a cadet and you would like to wear your shoulder board on, submit a Transcript of Records (TOR). If not available however, a certification duly sined by the college’s Registar may suffice. This will be your proof that you have been enrolled in a maritime course.

2.Payment

A regular processing costs Php 800.00 only but if you needed it ASAP apply for an expedite processing of your seamans book. It’s faster but will costs you Php 1,500.00.

3.Entitlement – If your regular application is successful, you can claim your first seaman’s book the next working day but within 4 hours only if you choosed expedite processing.

4.Office hours – Your nearest MARINA Office is open daily, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM without noon break (Monday to Friday only).

5.Exemptions – If you plan to work onboard warships/naval vessels/naval auxiliaries or fishing vessels regardless of tonnage engaged in domestic fishing operation, you are not required to possess a SIRB.

All set to apply? Walk-in to the MARINA Main office located at 984 Parkview Plaza, Taft Avenue corner Kalaw Street Manila, Philippines or a MARINA regional office nearest to you today!

Ooops.. wait! I think if getting an online appointment first will make your seaman’s book application more convenient. Check this blogpost.

BLOGBITES

 

 

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