Oplan Bayanihan

4 04 2011

Habi-Arts, a Los Angeles based U.S. Filipino cultural organization designed this image poster to remind the public that nothing has changed under the new Oplan Bayanihan - Human Rights Violations persist under the military's watch.

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Filipinos: The OFW, the Modern Day Slave

12 05 2010

Filipinos are synonymously being referred to as Transnationals with 3,000 Filipinos leaving their homeland, the Philippines a year.  That’s equivalent to more than one million Filipinos leaving the country a year.

Why do they leave?

Majority of Filipinos who leave the Philippines are not tourists, rather they leave the country to seek opportunities.  Very few opportunities for employment exist in the Philippines.  7 out of 10 students who graduate are unemployed.  3 out of 10 generally compete with the rest of the labor market and previous unemployed out-of-school students.  Most do not get a job related to their field of study.  When the intellectuals and workers can’t find jobs in their homeland, they seek work outside.

Modern Day Heroes

The former president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo says its a sacrifice that must be recognized as Modern Day Heroes.  The Filipino migrants are known as Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).  The Philippine economy is held together by the hard work of these migrants.  Yet, these very same migrants are taxed heavily for the application and testing process prior to leaving, they are taxed in the airport, and their remittances are taxed as well.    More often then naught, they have been modern day slaves.

Many migrant Filipinos also suffer from discrimination and violence from being abroad on top of being homesick.  Pinays get sexually molested.  The U.S. military is partially to blame for some of those incidents. Adam Corolla’s comments about the Philippines’ doesn’t exactly help.  In the Mid-East, some Filipinos are enslaved inside of their employers house.  Sometimes the Filipino gets executed without the help of the consulate general.

With the rise of Ethnic Tensions in the United States since 9/11 to current day Juan Crow laws (see Arizona’s recent anti-immigration, anti Ethnic Studies ban) should Filipinos really leave their country in midst of danger?

Indeed these Modern Day Heroes should be recognized as the former president mentioned, how can we protect them from the dangers of a foreign land?

What is Solution?

The Philippines owes it to their people to nationalize their job industries to provide quality jobs.  There are so many brilliant and hard working people forced to leave to provide for their families, this doesn’t have to be the case.  The newly elect, President Aquino should use his mandate to win the hearts of the people.

There are so many raw and natural resources that the Filipino people can enjoy.  The dams have enough power to power the whole Philippines so why charge ridiculous power rates.  At times, the power bill at the Philippines is more expensive then the ones here in the United States.  With so many poor people, who can afford it?  Drop the profits?  Profits only benefit the manager.  Spread the cost savings to the people or use that money to invest in better infrastructures and jobs instead of paying the executives.  Invest in solar clean power.  This one is a no brainer, when there are droughts, solar power should replace the energy lost from the energy garner from dams.

Roads needs to start from the farthest communities inward.  These are the most poverish areas that suffer the most.  Education needs to also be nationalize as well as the language.  The former president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, made english the national language.  Okay, this isn’t America and it shouldn’t be a colony of America.  The people have their right to speak their native dialect with a national language being developed (Filipino).

Last but not least, the majority of the Filipino Population are land tillers, Peasants, but they’re landless.  They work the land and pay land owner’s “rent”.  Sometimes rent can be as high as 50% of all your work.  Today, we know that as stealing.  The President elect, Noy Noy promised to go after thieves.  He’s going to have a tough time  bringing down his own family who are responsible for the Hacienda Lucieta Massacre in 1995.  Once land is redistributed out, the feudal practices of the past should fade away with time as culture starts changing.  Migrants won’t be forced to leave and society will progress





Pictures around Baguio

16 04 2010

ELECTIONS

7 Elections

7 Eleven goes with its 7-Elections Campaign: touting Candidates with their political affiliation

VENDORS

Balloon Vendor

Balloon Vendors such as this one sells Cultural Influenced Icons from other Countries, like Pikachu, Yugioh and Mickey Mouse

Sending the Wrong Message

In SM Baguio, The movie rating "G" claims that all general audience of all ages are admitted but a side note under says anyone bellow 3 years old not admitted even if accompanied by Adults.

Cultural Art?

This street lamp in Burham Park, is one of several Phalic symbols within the city.

The History of the Philippines

Yes, we cater to foreigner's first

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Elections Updates (People’s Criteria, Election Frauds, Clash of the Titans)

15 04 2010

12 People's Criteria to choose the Next President

Philippines, April 15th 2010 – As the May 10th elections approaches with less than a month to spare, here are a few things you need to know:

1. 12 – People’s Criteria to choose the next president

Pagbabago! and Ibon Foundation dare the Filipino people to be more critical in choosing their candidates.  high on their “people’s criteria” are concrete steps by the presidential candidate to stamp out corruption and to promote human rights and abuses.

1. On Corruption.  Will they seek the truth behind the “Hello, Garci”, NBN-ZTE and fertilizer scam to name a few of the anomalies that involved the president?

2. Human rights. Will they end the policies giving rise to human rights violations?

3. National Patrimony. Will they protect the national patrimony and environment by opposing large-scale, export oriented, and foreign led extractive industries such as mining and oil exploration?

4. Agrarian Reform and agricultural Development. Will they work for genuine agrarian reform anchored on the Distribution of land to the tillers?

5. Nationalist Economic Policies.  Will they work for national industrilization?

6. Jobs and wages. Will they promote job creation and uphold job security by protecting domestic industry?

7. Social Services. Will they stop the commercialization and privatization of education and health services?

8. Taxes. Are they in favor of scrapping the reformed value added tax (RVAT) and other regressive taxes?

9. Foreign Policy. WIll they work for an independent foreign policy?

10. Peace Process. Will they pursue the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the national Democratic Front of the Philippines?

11. Gender. Will they uphold gender equality?

12. National Culture. Will they promote National Culture?

2. Election Frauds

The COMELEC (Commission on Elections) has decided to push through for the Automated Elections System (AES) using Precinct count optical scanner Machines from Smartmatic (S-PCOS).  The COMELEC sees poll automation as the answer to fraud and a step to “modernizing democracy.”  Although this is not a bad idea, giving the elections added advantages such as speed and accuracy in tabulation, it can still lead to wholesale cheating if safeguards and security measures are not properly implemented especially in the counting and canvassing stages.

According to Project 30-30, a project that refers to the Philippine automated election system’s 30 Vulnerabilities or risks and 30 safeguards identified by CenPEG (Center for People’s Empowerment in Governance), “The automated Election Law (Republic Act 9369) is a landmark legislation aimed at modernizing the election system in the Philippines. Not only does it recognize the need for technology chosen to be “suitable to Philippine conditions”, it is also unique in that it provides major safeguards to help ensure the integrity of the vote, promote secret voting yet transparent and credible counting in the poll automation – in short, to make election a mechanism for making democracy work.” Read the rest of this entry »