Category Archives: Overseas workers

New York Times article “Toiling Far From Home for Philippine Dreams” – Compelling but Missed Its Mark

The New York Times article, “Toiling Far From Home for Philippine Dreams” published a compelling story of overseas Filipino workers but missed its mark as it omits the growing donations and philanthropic giving of Filipinos in the diaspora. Continue reading

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You’re Invited! Fundraising Dinner Featuring Grupong Pendong – Pendong Aban of ASIN

Bayanihan Foundation’s fundraising dinner, October 24, 2010 – 7 PM at Trader Vic’s Restaurant, 1030 N. State St. Chicago. Pacific Islands ambience and four course buffet including ‘lechon’. Entertainment by Grupong Pendong – Pendong Aban, Jr. of ASIN. Continue reading

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Overseas Filipinos The New Heroes? Many Suffer Risks and Dangers Working Abroad

Are Filipinos working abroad the new heroes? Dig just below the surface and find out that this manufactured image may not be all what it’s cracked up to be. Many Filipinos working abroad suffer many risks and dangers as they seek employment abroad. Continue reading

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New York Times reports sweatshop labor conditions for foreign workers

Training programs or sweatshop? Foreign workers were lured to lucrative training jobs in Japan but turned out to be filled with labor abuses. Workers are faced with such peril. In the future, they should have a choice whether to seek employment abroad or to stay. Right now they don’t have a choice but to leave. Continue reading

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Filipino Workers in the Diaspora Broke? Think Again! Many Have Money To Spend, Untapped Market as Donors and Consumers

My stereotype of overseas Filipino workers are shattered. The Filipino workers in the diaspora workers are not broke. They have expendable income to spend on weekend trips and souvenirs. These Filipino caregivers are untapped market as consumers. More importantly, they have expendable income to give as potential donors for development projects in the Philippines. Continue reading

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Without Any Papers, Tess and Thousands Like Her, Live in Fear Being Deported at Any Time

Without any papers, Tess and millions of undocumented workers around the world, live in constant fear being caught and deported. Continue reading

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Teachers, Bankers, Dentists and Many Other Filipino Professionals Working as Caregivers in Israel

During my recent trip to Israel, I met some smart Filipina women who completed their college degrees but they’re not practicing their professions. Instead, they are working as caregivers for the elderly: Meet Evangeline (far left) who earned her bachelor’s … Continue reading

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Thriving, informal economy among Filipina caregivers in Israel

I recently visited Israel and I’ve met many overseas Filipino workers there working as caregivers.  I’m impressed how industrious and hardworking they were! I’m equally impressed by the wide variety of odd jobs they have taken up to earn an … Continue reading

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