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February 2011 Sulyapinoy Issue

February 2011 Sulyapinoy Issue

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February 2011 Sulyapinoy Issue - Official newsletter of FEWA
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필리핀
 
EPS
(
외국인
 
고용허가제
)
 
근로자
 
협회
 
공식
 
발행
 
 
한민국
 
The Voice of the Modern Living Heroes
 
The Official Publication of Filipino EPS Workers Association-South Korea (FEWA)
 Volume 3 Issue 2 2011 www.sulyapinoy.org NOT FOR SALE
필리핀
EPS
(
외국인
 
고용허가제
)
근로자
 
협회
 
공식
 
발행
 
 
한민국
 
SULYAPINOY isThe OfficialPublication of FilipinoEPS Workers Association-South Korea (FEWA)
OFW-KOREA-200
6
-001
by Ben
 j
Del Mundo
 
People and God-centered Association
the different Filipino organi-zations. They introduced theiractivities that provide help tomigrant workers and gavetheir statements and recom-mendations in addressing theissue on contract extension.The event was graced withthe presenters such as Ms.Gennie Kim (HRD Korea), Atty. Pill Kyu Hwang (KoreaPublic Interest Lawyer'sGroup), Ms. Lee Kyung Sook (
J
oint Committee with Mi-grants in Korea), and Philip-pine Labor Attache Atty. FelyBay.This year many of the Filipinoworkers here in Korea underthe EPS will end their con-tract. The workers are pro-posing to the Korean govern-ment, specifically to the Min-istry of Labor and Ministry of 
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ustice, to make revisions onthe law.
H
yewa-dong, Seoul-The Filipino EPS Work-ers Association (FEWA) andthe Hyewha-dong FilipinoCatholic Community (HFCC)conducted a forum lastFebruary 27, 2011 held atSt. Benedict Parish ChurchCoffeeshop. The main topicof the said forum was aboutthe extension of term orso
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urn of the EPS(Employment Permit Sys-tem) workers here in Korea.
 
The forum’s ob
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ectiveswere: 1) gather commonissues and concerns in rela-tion to EPS policy
;
2) con-solidate proposals that ad-dress prevailing issues of workers and
;
3) plan out acampaign for support.The forum was attended bymore than 100 participants,including leaders fromSeveral of the representatives of the different Filipino organizationsare calling for the revision of theEPS law to prevent the massiveincrease of undocumented workers.One of the suggestions was for a mi-grant worker to sign a waiver statinghe/she does not intend to avail for a
(continued on page 7)  
by Ma.Lourdes Espinola
Hyehwa-dong, Seoul
 –
 Officers, members and vol-unteers of the Filipino EPSWorkers Association (FEWA)and the SULYAPinoy publi-cation held an ac
q
uaintanceparty for the Korean Lan-guage Test - KLT Batch
6
 last Lunar New Year. Theevent was started at 2:00PM that lasted until mid-night in a Filipino Restau-rant in Hyehwa-dong lastFebruary 0
4
, 2011.It was a simple gatheringwith a variety of Filipinofoods and a sing-a-long thatmade the party livelier. Aside from celebrating thenew year it was also anopportunity to introduce theorganization and at thesame time encouragemembers of the KLT Batch
6
 to be active and involved.Mr. Ben
 j
i Del Mundo, whohosted the program, intro-duced to the newcomers themission and vision of FEWA and SULYAPinoy aswell as its Board Mem-bers, officers and volun-teers. Certificates of rec-ognition were given by Mr.Marzy Serde
ñ
a thePresident of FEWA to Su-lyapinoy volunteers, Mr.Pete Rahon for his work aseditor-in-chief, and to Ms. Amy Sison-Genova as for-mer literary editor.
 
SULYAPINOY is accepting cash donations for its monthly printing expenses. You may deposit them
@
Account
#
: 1002
64
0 33
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730 / Acct Name: Marcelino M. / Bank: Woori Bank - Hyehwa-dong Branch
 
 
FEBRUARY 2011
www.sulyapinoy.org
 
 
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6
March 2011
Mr.
ung, Bong Su, Assistant Director Ministry of Employment and Labor Foreign Workforce Policy Division 
Dear Mr.
J
ung:We, the undersigned, Filipino workers and Korean employers un-der the Employment Permit System (EPS), and members of Fili-pino organizations in Korea, appeal to the office of the ForeignWorkforce Policy Division of the Ministry of Employment and Labor(MOEL) for kind assistance so that measures that facilitate orderlyre-entry of foreign workers, who have finished
6
years or
4
yearsand ten (10) months period of stay in Korea under the Employ-ment Permit System (EPS) may be implemented.
We fully acknowledge that the Act on Foreign Workers’ Employ-
ment and its amendments brought forth greater benefits to theforeign workers. However, we also recognized that the currentsystem for hiring foreign workers needs to include a procedurethat is more suitable for workers seeking reemployment in Koreaafter the completion of their legal stay under the EPS.We, further, recognized that some of the current re
q
uirements foremployment in Korea may not be necessary for a foreign worker,who has legally worked in Korea for 5 or
6
years
;
who alreadylearned Korean language and culture
;
who have developed andmastered working skills in Korean factories and industries, and
Signed by: Name of Workers Location (City/Province) Signature 
 _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________ 
Name of Employers Name of the Company & Business Permit No. Signature 
 _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________  _______________________ ________________________ ________________________ (Mangyari lang po na gupitin at ipadala ang napirpamahang pahina na ito sa address na: Appeal of EPS Workers-Sulyapinoy 115-9Songbuk-gu 1-dong, Songbuk Villa, Seoul, Korea 13
6
-020. O kaya i-scan/kunan ng litrato at i-email sa sulyap.editorialstaff 
@
gmail.com.Maraming Salamat po
!
)who have gained the trust of their Korean employers. Strict agere
q
uirement and the normally long procedure of application for thisgroup of workers would entail a great loss for the Korean small andmedium size businesses.We, therefore, respectfully appeal that the current implementing
regulations of the Act on Foreign Workers’ Employment be re-
viewed so that a
different procedure and set of re 
uirements 
 may be applied to foreign workers who are seeking reemploymentin Korea, after having completed either the
6
years or
4
years andten (10) months period of so
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ourn under the Employment PermitSystem (EPS).We further appeal that such set of re
q
uirements may not include(1) the Korean Language Test (KLT)/Test on Proficiency in Korean(TOPIK), and (2) the age limit of 3
8
years old.We further appeal that such set of re
q
uirements may include (1)medical certificate, and (2) a certificate of recommendation for re-employment from the last Korean employer.Lastly, we appeal that the period of waiting for re-entry to Korea,for this type of foreign workers, may be shortened to the minimumlegal re
q
uirement.We, the undersigned, plead for your office to render proper consid-eration and action on the above-mentioned appeals so that a moresustained and productive working relationship between the foreignworkers and Korean businesses, may be attained.
 
FEBRUARY 2011
www.sulyapinoy.org
 
F
irst, I would like to thank Fr. Alvin Parantarfor co-organizing this event with our or-ganization the Filipino EPS Workers Association(FEWA). I would like to thank all the resource
persons: Philippine Embassy’s LABATT Felicitas
Q
. Bay, Mr. Pill Kyu Hwang of the Korea PublicInterest Lawyers Group GONGGAM, Ms LeeKyungsook of 
J
CMK 
J
oint Committee with Mi-grants in Korea, Ms. Gennie, HRD volunteer andthe rest who came to share with us their pre-cious time in enlightening us on this issue andto all of you friends, colleagues and EPS co-workers, mga Kababayan, a pleasant and ablessed Sunday afternoon.The issue on contract extension has been raisedand discussed at Sulyapinoy Online Forum,many in those discussions are speculations andfalse rumors that continue to circulate amongFilipino migrant workers or Overseas FilipinoWorkers (OFW) particularly EPS workers. So wedecided to come-up with an online survey toget the pulse and gauge the perception OFWson the issue.We now have more than 200 respondents of the survey and in the
J
anuary 2011 issue of 
Sulyapinoy, FEWA’s official newsletter, we
came out with an editorial and initial findings of the survey. This statement that I am about toshare in this forum is informed and reflects thesentiments of the many Filipino workers anxiousand concerned of their ending work contract.We Filipino Migrant Workers came here to Ko-rea to realize our dreams of a better life for ourfamilies. Provide good education to our childrenand save for a capital to use for business whenwe go back home. Through our remittances ourcountry benefits through the Korean won thatwe send.We came here to Korea to find a decent
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obthat is lacking in our country. Although we have
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obs here but we are confronted with so manyproblems and challenges. In particular, theEmployment Permit System that serves as Ko-
rea’s labor policy still needs a lot of improve-
ment. This law has caused many of our compa-triots to become undocumented because of itsstringent provisions. Thus, making us migrantworkers vulnerable to all forms of discrimina-tion, abuses, and our rights not protected andguaranteed even for minor errors, defaults andlapses on the law that most of the time is noteven of our own doing but brought about bythe negligence and lack of knowledge on theEPS law of our company officials.This year many of us are going to finish ourcontract but not all of us are planning to goback home. Korea will be confronted anew witha big number of undocumented migrant work-ers should it not address this problem and re-vise the law to avert this looming crisis. Thistrend is being confirmed by 90
%
of our surveyrespondents. A four-year and 10 months contract is notenough, it is very short. It is not enough timefor us to save and provide for our kids educa-tion. We proposed that our contract should beextended, better still to allow us to work for aslong as we are capable and our companies needus. It is high time that the current EPS lawshould be revised and migrant workers shouldbe provided with a working visa instead.
There’s a need to review and update the bilat-
eral MOU particularly on age limit. We believethat the age re
q
uirement is a form of discrimi-nation. Even the Korean government has now alaw that addresses this issue. Internationalnorms also discourages this kind of practice.This age cap should therefore be removed andallow us to work for as long as we are mentallyand physically fit to work and remain produc-tive.Our Sa
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angnims are still in need of us. Our con-tinued presence will also sustain their busi-nesses productivity and profit. It prevents themfrom all the hassles of paper works and addi-tional burdens of training a new set of workerswho are unfamiliar with work, culture and lan-guage. Recognizing the need for gradual transi-tion of work skills transfer of current workerswith the new will be more beneficial and morepractical.We strongly believe that only through contractextension that Korean government will be ableto prevent migrant workers from becomingundocumented. Allow us migrant workers towork for some more time here in Korea. Theneed to implement contract extension is neces-sary
!
 We appeal to the Korean government which isvested with political powers and will to addressa potential crisis in the increase of undocu-mented migrant workers.We call on the Korean government to take heedand listen to the voice of migrant workers. Mi-grant workers are your partners in developingand sustaining small and medium businesses of the Korean people. We migrant workers needwork, we want to continue working here inKorea. We want to work and be respected withour rights as decent and documented migrantworkers.We call on the Korean government to realize thatcontract extension is the short term solution
;
thelong term solution in addressing all these kinds of labor problems is the issuance of a more compre-hensive working visa to migrant workers instead.We appeal to the Philippine Embassy and thePhilippine Overseas Labor Office to actively sup-port this initiative by migrant workers and con-tinue to push the agenda and interests of theOFWs for better working terms with the Koreangovernment on contract extension. And that thisissue should also be brought up to the PhilippinePresident Noynoy A 
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uino’s support as well.
 We appeal to the Korean Civil Society, the church,and other International organizations to helppromote our cause.We appeal to all Filipino migrant workers and thewhole of the Filipino community to
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oin us to thiscause.
Marzy Serde
ñ
aPresident,FEWA
27 February 2011Hyewha, Seoul, ROK But despite all these, some of us have shownloyalty to our companies by working straight for3-5 years, have proven our skills, resourceful-ness and initiatives that we have won the admi-ration and confidence of our Sa
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angnims. Likemost of us they are now very concerned of thefuture of their medium-small businesses withoutus, well trained and skilled in our
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obs as wellas familiar with the Korean language and cul-ture.

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