Blog Action Day to Uphold, Promote and Respect the Rights of All OFWs
Join the Blog Action Day on 11-11-10. Just grab the badge below and link to this post
OFW Agnes Tenorio simply wanted the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong to assist her. Instead, she received a verbal beating from its Labor Attache Romulo Salud. She got to record the exchange.
Agnes is one of the many OFWs who have experienced such maltreatment from the Philippine government’s representatives abroad. We had OFWs filing cases of overcharging against recruitment agencies only to be called “tanga” or stupid by a high-ranking government official. We had rape victims in the Middle East who were made to wait for the Philippine embassy’s Christmas party to finish. We had a deceased OFW’s body being refused to be repatriated back home simply because the deceased was not a member of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
This is our time to speak up. This is our time to blog: RESPECT OFWS.
On 11-11 (November 11), we invite all Filipino bloggers everywhere in the world to contribute to the Blog Day of Action to Respect the Rights of Agnes Tenorio and All OFWs.
The Blog Action Day will be a good opportunity for all bloggers and online Filipinos to express their views on the situation of Filipino migrant workers and even propose recommendations to the Philippine government to better address the plight of all OFWs, improve its consular services and other means to attend to the needs of our bagong bayani.
November 11 will also be the deadline set by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) fact-finding committee in charge of investigating Salud. (SEE OUR ARTICLE ON AGNES IN OUR OCTOBER ENTRIES. SCROLL AT THE BLOG ROLL.)
Several resources online are available for people to gather information from:
a) Support Agnes Tenorio and All Neglected OFWs facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=119732234754822amp;notes_tab=app_2347471856
b) Migrante International website at: http://migranteinternational.org/
We are brothers, sisters, sons, daughters and friends of Filipino migrant workers.