GALILEA MIGRANT CENTER
Na 106, 844-1 Sung Hwan I Cha, Wonggok-dong, Danwon-gu, Ansan City, Gyeonggi-do, Korea 425-130
THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE GALILEA - ANSAN FILIPINO COMMUNITY
Ansan City, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
As We Continue Our Journey This 2009…
Kathlia De Castro
The year of the rat (2008) has been a fruitful one for thecommunity. We successfully celebrated several big events suchas the community Anniversary and Christmas party. In theseevents, Filipinos in Ansan has proven and shown their unity andfriendship with one another. However, towards the end of thisyear, we start to experience the impact of the global financialcrisis. Many of our friends lost their jobs, experience difficultiesin finding new ones and worst some of them got no choice butto go back to our country, Philippines. With these scenario athand we might thought what could we expect for 2009? Willthere be a turn of events such that everything will be normal aswe used to be. Are we going to surpass this crisis? Alternatively,can we still be glad and rejoice? Will there still be reasons tocelebrate?
Indeed the answer is YES. The year of 2009 might be difficult fi-nancially but that does not mean we will just sit back and be lax and let thisobstacle win us over. We need to do something such that we could be ableto win in this battle we called life. As long as we have the faith and thespirit, everything will soon be fine. We should not lose hope instead; wemust strive more. There are still many good things ahead of us. As a com-munity, we need to help one another augment each other’s morale by be-ing there with one another as a friend and as a family since we are all faraway from our home.2009 brings us many activities and momentous events as migrant workers here in Korea. Soon the AFC in cooperationwith Galilea will be launching this year’s Basketball League. We hope that this event will bring friendship and unity to everyoneand not disarray or dividedness and misunderstanding. Another big and momentous event is up coming. This year we will be cele-brating the 60
Bilateral Relationship of Philippines and Korea. Our friendship has gone that far and we will continue that endear-ing relationship. Several years ago we are the third country who helped Koreans battle for their independence and democracy bysending our brave soldiers and now they are helping us by giving us job opportunities. This year our government though the Phil-ippine embassy to Seoul is preparing for this momentous event by bringing the best of Philippines wholly here in Korea.On the other hand, the issue of displacement is being addressed both by the Philippine and Korea government. Koreathrough their HRD is promoting its return job project for all our friends who decided to go back to our country. They aim to helpgive employment priority to our friends to the Korean companies in the Philippines. On the part of our government, they givereintegration services such as alternative employment via referral, free skills upgrading and business opportunities. Furthermore,the won nowadays is slowly strengthening against dollar and some migrants are seeing more job opportunities. Indeed, things willsoon be fine. We just need to believe and not lose hope.Let us believe in our Creator because He will always be there to help us at the right time. Allwe need to do is call Him, have faith on Him because as His children he would not let us fall.In this life, we might feel that rainy season is never ending but one thing is for sure, the rainwill also stop and bring us new morning of sunshine. Cheer up and have faith.
What's inside …
Message from Fr. Jun, p.4
AFC Feature, p.5
Community in Action, p.6
Labor Related Information,p.10
For Your Information, P.11