Money from OFWs no advantage for families in Yolanda-hit towns
Two researchers found a great many households in Tacloban City, Leyte province who have a relative working or living abroad 'do not have the ability to mobilize those ties into regular remittances.'
Affected more by the limited assistance are low-income migrant families, many of whom have kin who work in less-skilled occupations abroad like household service or domestic work.
Last year, 13 Filipinos left every day for New Zealand—and stayed there
The number of Filipinos permanently settling in New Zealand on the average from 2015 to 2017 was 13. Their number even increased by some five percent in 2017.
A New Zealand government report showed the net migration of Filipinos as permanent and long-term migrants (PLTs) to be some 5.05 percent up year-on-year.
Pinoys’ slavery for 3 Kings puts compatriots’ treatment in focus
A court’s decision involving Filipinos as complainants and accused placed in focus how compatriots treat each other on foreign soil, particularly in New Zealand. A couple, owners of 3 Kings Food restaurant, was convicted by a district court in Auckland of five charges. This is after they provided fraudulent and misleading information on the employment arrangements of five Filipino chefs.
In Japan, Filipino ‘OJTs’ train—then overstay
A trainee-to-refugee route puts the residency status of Filipino workers in peril.
And some analysts also believe the post-technical intern training route for foreign workers increases overstaying and will become a common theme in Japan’s migration phenomenon.
THERE’S good news and bad news.
The latter is the dissolution of Unity, Journalists for Diversity organization (https://unityjournalists.org/) that announced on February 28 it would fold on March 30, after more than 2 decades of life, upon a unanimous vote by its members (https://unityjournalists.org/news/end-of-an-era-unity-dissolves-but-its-mission-remains/). The group cited as reason for its dissolution the absence of a national convention and the lack of feasibility as funders became few and far between. The group said it would break a residual fund of $68,000 (roughly P3.530 million) to three programs.
This leads us to the good news: the return of the OFWJournalism Consortium, despite a fund of less than P100,000 and after a decade-long hiatus.