Kapatiran para sa Karapatan at Kaunlaran
ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Ibayong dagat
K A U N L A R A N
Part 2 of Mag-impok at mamuhunan will feature the context of labor migration, the role of migrant labor in producing the world’s wealth, the challenge to migrant workers.-
Migrant Services Foundation Inc.Bagong Bayani sa Hong Kong (BBHK) was formed in May 1998 with an initial membership of seven women migrants, most of whom came from Sanchez Mira, Cagayan Province. They decided toset monthly savings for each member at US$25, a meager 5% of their monthly salary. They also agreed to contribute US$1.30 each as monthly dues to cover the cost of organizational operation.By December 1998, seven months after its formation, BBHK has accumulated more than US$5,400 (PhP200,000) in savings. The group decided to start a reintegration project in their hometown in the Philippines. They entered into an agreement with Unlad-Kabayan,which helped oversee their project while they continued their work in Hong Kong.By January 1999, BBHK’s reintegration project -. a school and office supplies shop -. was started. It was managed by the migrants’ family members. The shop was formally opened on April 18, 1999 — eleven months after the group started in Hong Kong. Upon agreement of the group, one member finished her contract in Hong Kong and returned to the Philippines in 1999 to run the project and ensure that the families are involved in the process.In July 1999, the BBHK school and office supplies shop was registered as a cooperative, with the board of directors consisting of representatives of the members who are still in Hong Kong. The business since then has also expandeed into a new branch.The BBHK cooperative plans to organize the municipality’s small vendors and farmers and encourage them to join the cooperative. It also plans to extend accessible and easy credit and self-help services to its members in the future.BBHK members in Hong Kong continue to pool their resources together as they prepare to go home and reintegrate into their community.
Bagong Bayani sa Hong Kong (BBHK)