HK group demands labor attache's recall

in protest over scolding of OFW Tenorio

 

HongkongI

 

November 3, 2005

 

Tula: Ambag sa Ating Henerasyon ni Ka Elmo ng Migrante Austria

 

 

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Photos courtesy of United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK)
           
           

 

Note: Just before the protest action started, UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK and GABRIELA-HK members were informed by the HK police of the Philippine Consulate General's (PCG) instruction that only 5 people will be allowed to go up to the consulate's lift lobby despite the groups' notification to protest sent to the PCG. This was contrary to earlier practice that protests are allowed to be held right outside the consulate's doors as long as a notice will be given to the Philippine Consulate General prior to the action. The protesters were eventually allowed after they asserted to the police that they will not follow the consulate's instruction.

 

Press Release

03 November 2010

 

For reference:     Eman Villanueva

                             Secretary General

  Tel. No.: 97585935

 

 

HK group demands Labatt’s recall in protest over scolding of OFW Tenorio

 

“More than 100,000 already viewed the YouTube clip and indignation was the overwhelming response of most viewers. In one afternoon alone, we gathered more than 4,000 signatures. The OFWs and the people have spoken and this is what we wish to deliver: Recall Salud Now!”

 

This was declared today by Eman Villanueva, secretary general of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK) as the group held a picket protest at the Philippine Consulate General to demand action against Labor Attaché Romulo Salud for verbal abuse against an OFW and neglect of OFW rights and welfare.

 

The demand followed after a recorded message between Labatt Salud and OFW Agnes Tenorio exposed the former berating the latter who came to his office to seek assistance to file monetary claims against her former employer. Labatt Salud was quoted in a raised voice as saying that it was his right whether he will accept her or not.

 

“As soon as we got wind of wind of this case, we immediately wrote to DoLE and asked for an immediate action. While we welcome Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz’ announcement of a department investigation, we cannot help but be worried how this probe will be conducted given the recent statements of Baldoz that could be interpreted as absolving Salud,” Villanueva said.

 

Villanueva reported that Secretary Baldoz was quoted as saying that “If people want to blow this out of proportion, it’s their call. Hindi kami pwedeng padalos-dalos dahil tao rin namin yan. The fact is naayos agad ang repatriation ticket hindi madaling gawan ng paraan yun. Marami rin silang (labor staff) natutulungan I suppose”.

 

“We felt that such opinion was improper and worrisome given that she is the boss of the department conducting the probe. We feared that such could imperil the credibility of the inquiry. We already wrote to her office again and are hoping that she’ll respond as soon as possible,” he relayed.

 

Villanueva said that the DoLE chief should desist from making such statements lest it unduly influence the investigation. He added that the transparency and independence of the investigation should be ensured.

 

“This is a departmental investigation and the statements of Secretary Baldoz do not allay our fears and worries. At the very least, Labatt Salud should be suspended during the investigation to prevent his use of his office and its resources to impact the integrity of the probe,” Villanueva added.

 

Finally, the group called on to the Congress, Senate, Vice President Jejomar Binay and even President Noynoy Aquino to look into Tenorio’s case and the whole condition of service delivery of the government to OFWs.

 

“Rep. Luz Ilagan of Gabriela Women’s Party has called for a congressional inquiry to be conducted as soon as session resumes next week. This should be supported and pushed through. At the core of this issue is the neglect of a government official to an OFW in need. His grave abuse of authority should not go unpunished and we expect the PCG-HK, DoLE and Malacañang to do no less for Tenorio and all aggrieved Filipino migrant workers,” Villanueva concluded.#
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The Secretariat
United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK)
2/F., New Hall, St. John's Cathedral,
4 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong SAR
Tel. (852) 3156-2447     Fax. (852) 2526-2894
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Ambag sa Ating Henerasyon*
ni Ka Elmo ng Migrante Austria

Ano ang aking maiaambag sa aking henerasyon?
Bago ang katawan ko’y magpaalam sa bayang kinagisnan
I-aalay sa lupang nagmamay ari at sabik kang muling makapiling
Sa tubig na syang maghuhugas sa talampakang inaapak sa pilapil
Kamay na pumupunla, gumagapas sa palay at kamaong nakataas
Kaisipa’y ibahagi sa ugat ng Sierra Madre upang puno’y maging matatag
At handang lumaban sa mga nais tumagpas sa kanyang kagubatan

Niyurakan ang dangal ng bayan
Ng iilang naghaharing uri
Ang kanyang kalikasan ay inaalay sa mapagsamantalang dayuhan
Sila ay mga linta, kapag lumulubog sa tubig
Ay hindi makikita ang mga masasamang hangarin
At kung makadikit ay ayaw nang humiwalay sa katawan
Manhid sa kasalanan at kasamaang maging dulot
Ng kanilang kalapastanganan
Gubat ay winawasak
Pinagtayuan ng palaruang hindi gabay sa katutubong kinamulatan
Patag na ginagawang pundasyon ng kanilang negosyo
Na pumapatay sa pambansang industrisya

*Tula ng isang migrante sa pagdiriwang ng kanyang ika-49 na kaarawan (10/29/10)

 

 

 

Alisin ang mga piring sa ating mga mata
Dinggin ang hinaing ng sambayanan
Tanggalin ang pusal sa ating mga bibig
Magsiyasat lamang tayo at magsuri sa mga uri sa lipunan
Makikita, maririnig natin at maisisigaw ang kahilingan ng bayan
Mga manggagawang pinipiga at sinisiil ng mga kapitalista
Mga magsasakang inaagawan ng lupa ng mga panginoon
Mga maralitang inaalisan ng paninirahan ng mga korporasyon
Mga migranteng nagtitiis at kinakalakal ng gubyerno
Mga kabataang walang sapat na edukasyon at kalusugan
Mga kababaihang inaabuso at minamaliit ng lipunan
At mga minoryang inaalisan ng sariling pagpapasya

Ano ang ating ambag sa ating henerasyon?
Tayo’y magkaisa at wakasan ang bulok na sistemang mapaniil
Na pinaghaharian ng dayuhan, mga kapitalista at panginoong maylupa
Palayasin ang imperyalistang salot at kumukontrol sa ating ekonomiya
Lansagin ang pasistang militar na ang nakikinabang
Ay mga sakim sa bayan
Kamtin ang tunay na reporma sa lupa at pag-unlad sa kanayunan
Pambansang industriyalisasyon
Na lilikha ng desenteng trabaho at pasweldo sa ating bayan
Libreng pabahay sa mahihirap sa kanayunan at maralitang taga lunsod
At libre, siyentipiko at makabayang edukasyon para sa lahat

Ito ang ating ambag sa ating henerasyon.

 

           

 

November 2, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reference: Gina Esguerra, Secretary-General, 0905-8361412

Assistance for OFWs now just a click away

In an effort to better improve and extend the scope of its Rights and Welfare Assistance Program (RWAP) for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Migrante International today launched its “TANGGOL MIGRANTE ONLINE COMPLAINT FORM.”

The online complaint form may be accessed at http://migranteinternational.org/onlineaffidavit.

The effort came after the brave exposè of Hong Kong domestic worker Agnes Tenorio who recorded the rude reception of Labor Attachè Romulo Salud when she sought the help of the Philippine consulate for her plight (related news: OFWs in Hong Kong want rude labor attaché fired).

“One of our core programs is to provide our OFWs venues for their redress. Now, it is just a click away and may be accessed by OFWs all over the world,” said Gina Esguerra, Secretary General of Migrante International.

All accomplished affidavit forms will be automatically forwarded to an email address that shall be checked regularly by Migrante International’s RWAP committee.

Esguerra said, “We hope that with this tool our OFWs would be more empowered to exercise their rights. Like what Agnes did, our OFWs should be encouraged to assert their claims and to stand up and complain whenever they feel slighted or neglected.”

“With this new online tool, testimonies of our OFWs, their families and even witnesses may be used as formal affidavits when required. After we check the complaints, we shall then evaluate what assistance is needed and address them accordingly.”

Migrante International’s RWAP committee provides legal advice, psychological and counseling sessions, getting in touch with families of OFW victims and conducting dialogues and seeking audience with concerned government agencies.

Migrante International’s RWAP Hotline may also be contacted through 0921-2709079. ###

Website: http://migranteinternational.org

 

Office Address: #10 Banuyo St.Brgy.Amihan, Project 3, Quezon City
Telefax: 9114910
 

     
           
           
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