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KAKKAMPI Newsletter Vol 1 No 2

KAKKAMPI Newsletter Vol 1 No 2

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Official Newsletter of Association KAKKAMPI
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Kapatiran para sa Karapatan at Kaunlaran
ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Ibayong dagat
Issue No.: 2Geneva, SwitzerlandMay 2002
Noong ika 21 ng Abril 2002 ay inilunsad angKAKKAMPI o Kapatiran para sa Karapatan atKaunlaran ng Manggawang Pilipino sa Ibayongdagat. Kasalukuyan ay may 30 kasapi angsamahan na nagtutulungan para magsagawa ngmga proyekto-serbisyo para sa mga migrantengmanggaggawa. Ilan sa mga proyekto ay: a)Computer Learning Center; b) mga talakayantungkol sa mga isyu na nakakaapekto sakalagayan ng mga migranteng manggagawa; k)OJT program. Ginanap ang okasyon sa WCCOpen house kung saan may 70 katao angdumalo. Kasabay ng paglulungsad ay isang
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talakayan kung saan nagsalita si Atty. Jean-Pierre Garbade tungkol sa isyu ng permits. SiMayan Villalba ng Unlad Kabayan naman aynaglahad ng mga proyekto-serbisyo ng kanilangsamahan. Nagsalita si Genevieve Gencianostungkol sa ginagawang “advocacy” ng MRI kungsaan ay kasapi siya. Nagpalabas din ng isangdokumentaryong pelikulang pinamagatang“Breaking the Silence”. Kasama sa mga dumaloay sina Lily Angelical ng Babaylan, Luis Cid ngSyndicat Sans Frontier, Christian Egger, AlvaroSenturias at Cecilia Jimenez ng Geneva Forum
 
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Kapatiran para sa Karapatan at Kaunlaran
ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Ibayong dagat
a KAKKAMPI-Unlad Kabayan MS-AI initiative in Switzerland 
Mag-impok at Mamuhunan, Itatag ang Kabuhayan
Part 1
If individual OFWs and their families learn tosave and invest their earnings in self-sustaininglocal livelihood activities, labor migration in thecountry can be greatly reduced and economicdevelopment hastened. This is one of the visionsof Unlad Kabayan.Livelihood projects create a condition forOFWs and their families to improve theirstandard of life. It is more profitable and self-sustaining than bank deposits, and provides amore stable and, self-sustaining alternative tomigrant work. Other members of the communitywould also benefit from the enterprise investmentof OFWs. They can generate jobs and thus helpraise the standard of life in the community wherethey are located. Unlad Kabayan believes OFWsthemselves can reduce the pervasive need formigration and accelerate economic growth for therest of the country by investing their hard-earnedincomes in livelihood activities.In the first place, a better life is the primarymotivation of OFWs for finding work overseas.Secondly, their living condition, if not their socio-economic status, is expected to improve as aresult of their overseas work. But overseas workby nature is temporary. Thus in order for them toaccomplish their objective for migrating, theymust plan ahead and not depend solely on theirearnings as OFWs.Because of the temporary nature of overseaswork, OFWs are aware that they must takeadvantage of the higher income they generateoverseas. But many are unable to do so. Due tolack of savings values and consciousness, theyfail to set aside enough income for long-termproductive activity. Alternatively, many of thosewho have invested in livelihood projects areunable to sustain their venture because they lackskills in identifying a viable enterprise and inmanaging a business.The cycle of labor migration will thus persistuntil OFWs and their families learn the valuesand skills needed in utilizing their advantage ofearning higher income to improve their standardof life.This will be the first of a series of articles thaturges migrant workers and their families torethink their savings practices and use of credit,to learn the value of working together, to discoverhow best to invest their income in ways thatwould create long-term benefits not only for theirfamilies but as well for the community where theylive, and to develop among migrant workers anawareness of the importance and role of savingsand financial placement in making changes intheir lives and in society.
 
Kapatiran para sa Karapatan at Kaunlaran
ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Ibayong dagat
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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.
Unlad Kabayan
 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)

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