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Sulyapinoy May 2011 Issue

Sulyapinoy May 2011 Issue

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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 2 Issue 15 2011 www.sulyapinoy.org NOT FOR SALE
필리핀
EPS
(
외국인
 
고용허가제
)
근로자
 
협회
 
공식
 
발행
 
 
한민국
 
OFW-KOREA-200
6
-001
By Benjie del Mundo
People and God-centered Association
PHOTO by M. SERDENA
The Labor Day celebration washeld on May
8
at the TongsonMiddle School Soccer Field, Hye-hwa-dong, Seoul. Organized byHyewa-dong Filipino CatholicCenter (HFCC) and Filipino EPSWorkers Association (FEWA), thesuccessful event was attended byvarious Filipino communities,Koreans and other foreigners.The celebration featured a Filipinofood festival, as well as laborcounseling services provided byKorea Human Resource Depart-ment (HRD), the Philippine Em-bassy. Representatives fromKorea - Philippine Overseas LaborOffice and OWWA were alsopresent, along with the NationalPension Service, which providedverification for workers for up-dates on their pension contribu-tions.
H
unyo 12, 1
8
9
8
nang ipahayagni Gen.Emilio Aguinaldo sa Kawit,Cavite ang kalayaan ng Pilipinas mulasa mga Kastila. Kalayaan mula sa mgadayuhang sumakop sa ating bansa.Simula noon taon-taon na natinginaalala at ipinagdiriwang ang ang isasa mahalagang bahagi ng kasaysayanng ating bansa. Bawat Pilipino saanmang bahagi ng mundo ay nagdiri-wang bilang pag alala sa kalayaangipinaglaban ng ating mga ninuno.Bagama't nauna sa orihinal na araw atbuwan, ipinagnagdiwang ng mgamigranteng Pilipino dito sa Korea angika-113 taon anibersaryo ng kalayaanng ating bansa, noong ika-29 ng Mayo,2011. Ang pagdiriwang ay pinanguna-han ng mga opisyal mula sa Emba-hada ng Pilipinas sa Korea. At nagbi-gay din ng tulong ang Ministry of Em-ployment and Labor, Human Re-sources Development of Korea, SeoulMetropolitan Government at angHome Development Mutual Fund(PAG-IBIG) sa pagdaraos nito.Ginanap ang ang naturang okasyon sa
Celebrating Labor Day andInternational Migrants Month
 
By Noel
J
oseph Alvarez
 
Banking and remittance promotions wereheld by Landbank of the Philippines andWestern Union, while there were bookingservices provided by Philippine Airlines andPhilTrust.FEWA, together with Sulyapinoy officersand volunteers, also provided counselingregarding labor updates and answered
q
uestions on work related problems, andconducted a signature campaign andoutdoor games. As part of the Labor Day Celebration, amass was held at the St. Benedict Church,Hyehwa-dong. The opening of the Bas-ketball League participated by differentFilipino communities was sponsored byHFCC..liwasan ng Yeouido dito sa Seoul Korea. Ang nasabing pagtitipon ay dinaluhan ngibat-ibang samahan at organisasyon ngmga migranteng Pilipino, na mula sa ibat-ibang bahagi ng Korea.Nagsimula ang programa sa isang misangpasasalamat na ipinagdiwang ni Fr. AlvinParantar (Archdiocesan Pastoral Center forFilipino Migrants). Sumunod na dito angmensahe mula sa mga opisyal ng Emba-hada ng Pilipinas. Nagkaron din ng maiklingparada bilang pagkilala sa mga organisas-yon na lumahok sa pagdiriwang.Nagpakita rin ng galing ang ating mgakababayan sa pagsayaw ng mga katu-tubong sayaw (folk dance) mula sa mgarehiyon sa Pilipinas. May mga palaro, awitanat sayawan upang makapagbigay saya saokasyon. Salu-salo sa pagkain ng tanghalianat pagbibigayan ng mga dalang pagkainang bawat organisasyon na siyang nag-pasaya at bumuhay sa kaugaliang Pilipino.Isang pagpapatunay na kahit saan mantayo mapunta ay di nawawala ang mgamabubuting gawi.Tunay ngang masarap lasapin ang kalayaanna ipinaglaban ng ating mga bayani.Kalayaan na habang panahon nating dapatalalahanin at ingatan.
SULYAPINOY is accepting cash donations for its monthly printing expenses. You may deposit them
@
Account
#
: 1002
64
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730 / Acnt Name: Marcelino M. / Bank: Woori Bank - Hyehwa-dong Branch
 
 
MAY 2011
 
For Comments, Suggestions, Contributions& Advertisements,
e-mail: sulyap.editorialstaff 
@
gmail.comSULYAPINOY observes the Philippine Press Codeof Ethics .We reserve the right to refuse any submissionwe deem does not meet our policies andguidelines.
D I S C L A I M E R 
Different opinions are encourage to stimulatemember input and involvement.
SULYAPI-
NOY’ 
s role is to provide information that per-mits
FEWA
members to develop informed opin-ions on sub
 j
ects that will affect their statusas migrant workers and, in some instances,their personal lives. FEWA does not hold itself responsible for statements made by any con-tributor. Statements or opinions expressed inSULYAPINOY reflect the views of the author(s)and not the official policy of FEWA unless sostated.
May Day:Mayday, mayday, mayday
!
 
Whether you call it May Day or Mayday,the word signifies similar importance formany Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).May Day, commonly known as MayoUno (May 1) is a Labor Day celebrationand a holiday for most workers. Mean-while, mayday comes from the Frenchword
venez 
m'aider  
, meaning
"
comehelp me
"
, a distress call asking forhelp and rescue. On May Day, doOFWs shout mayday, mayday, mayday
?
 The month of May signals the start of spring, a season for leaves and grass togrow and flowers to bloom. In manycultures it is a time for festivals or fies-tas like in the Philippines. It is also atime for reunions and gatherings, somany OFWs choose May to come homeand celebrate with families and friendsand share their blessings with endlessfood and overflowing drinks.For Filipinos living abroad, May Day is atime to hold cultural programs andevents that showcase the rich diversity
of Philippine culture. Filipinos’ diverse
skills and talents in
www.sulyapinoy.org
 
Contributors :
Gennie Kim, jackRusl, Ehd Villarta,Benjue del mundo and Marzy Serdena
 
singing, dancing and other creativeexpressions are highlighted. It is notunusual to see Filipinos in the streetsor parks in ma
 j
or cities around theworld parading in their colorful nativecostumes with traditional instrumentsand waving the Philippine flag. Onthe other hand, May Day is also LaborDay and globally celebrated as Inter-national Workers Day. It is not cele-bration, but demonstrations that arestaged in the streets calling for gov-ernments to respect labor and work-
ers’ rights, asserting their right to
form unions and have wage increases.For most OFWs, it is a sad reminderhow some of their basic rights as mi-grant workers are neglected.So May Day is an appropriate time forOFWs to call out
mayday, mayday,mayday.
They need to be rescuedfrom a
workers unfriendly
govern-ment labor policy that prevents work-ers to freely move and find a betteremployer
;
companies’ malpractices
such as not giving workers their right-ful overtime pay, breachof contracts by not providing workerstheir proper benefits and encouragingworkers to become undocumented so itwould be easier for them to control andmake workers as their slaves.For workers, their only consolation arethose times when they would say orwhisper
payday, payday.
Their hardearned income would pass their hands
to the bank’s counter or a broker to
send as remittances to their familiesback home.Be it a call for celebration or a distresscall, May Day and mayday become syn-onymous for OFWs. It is a tough bal-ancing act to find time to celebrateamidst their hectic and busy
 j
obs. Butsuch occasions serves to heighten theircall for
mayday, mayday, mayday
. After all, life is not
 j
ust a struggle fordecent
 j
ob and a fair wage. Particularlyon a May Day, OFWs deserve to en
 j
oyby creatively expressing themselves andpromoting the rich Philippine culture, aswell as their admirable work ethics.
 
E
D
ITO
R’
SNOTE
MAY 2011
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H
yewa-dong, Seoul. The Festival of the Holy Cross known asSantacruzan held last May 22, 2011, in Hyewa-dong, Seoul. The event was sponsored by the Hyewadong Filipino Catholic
Community (HFCC) with the theme “Parangal kay Mama Mary”
and participated in by various Filipino community from Bucheon ,Incheon, Ansan, HFCC Committees, Filipino EPS Workers Association (FEWA), Pinoy Iskolars KOrea (PIKO), Ginoo andBinibini Kalinangan 2010. After the procession it was followed by a holy mass. After the communion rites, offering of flowers were presented by 
sagalas (muses) as well as their escorts, the AVE MARIA’s – 
RylynDavid, Jenny Pulivo, Chelo Bechayda, Marina Pena, ErlindaGutierrez, Carmelita Cajumocan, Connie Fabular, Elsie DeGuzman, ANGELS
 – 
Park Lee Yao, Kallile Venice Iruguin,Benedict David, Su Jin, Lyn Aurora Legarteza, DIVINE SHEP-HERDESS
 – 
Conrada Costoria and Bong Perocho, QUEEN OFBANDERADA
 – 
Andrea Montero and Eric Christian Robles,QUEEN OF MORA
 – 
Jocelyn Orpilla and Aris Pineda,QUEEN OF JUSTICE
 – 
Evviet Garcia and Ronnie Silva,QUEEN OF SHEEBA
 – 
Marife Basas and Joel Pettallana,SAMARITANA
 – 
Russel Lor and Eric Odivina, ROSA MYS- TICA
 – 
Maria Geila Torress and orly Tungla, VERONICA
 – 
 Grace Asis and Jeff Escoto, MARY MAGDALENE
 – 
Nenita Vergara and
Glen Vergara, MARY MOTHER OFCHRIST
 – 
Beselle Alba and Ramil Alba, MARY MOTHER OF JAMES
 – 
Emelyn Lapitan and
 
Santacruzan 2011 at Hyewhadong
 Jaymon Mallari, QUEEN OF CHARITY 
 – 
Zyryne Genebert and Rolly Ponce,QUEEN ESTHER 
 – 
Amihan Malinao andGuilberto Huelar, QUEEN OF STARS - Alea Alviar and john Rivera, QUEEN OF FAITH
 – 
 Kyla Gomez and Jonas Sison, QUEEN OFPROPHETS
 – 
Luiza Anna Legarteza and Tuan Tiwih, QUEEN OF HEAVENS
 – 
AileenPowao and Han Pil Kim, QUEEN OF FLOW-ERS
 – 
Jinelyn Betacura and Benjie Del Mundo,QUEEN OF HOPE
 – 
Liezel Ramos and AlvinReyes, QUEEN OF PEACE
 – 
Maricar Bondoy and Jueffrey Ymasa, QUEEN OF VIRGINS
 – 
 Rachelle Montalbo and Alvin Bernal, QUEENEMPERATRIZ
 – 
Maria Angeline Lopez andNoel Joseph Alvarez, CONSTANTINE
 – 
Park Hye Yok and QUEEN HELENA
 – 
LornaRosales and Jonathan Eli Libut.It was also attended by different Filipino Commu-nities and Ambassador Luis T. Cruz of the Philip-pine Embassy.Santacruzan is a religious-historical beauty pageantheld in many cities, towns and even small villagesthroughout the Philippines during the month of May. )It is one of the most colorful May-time festivals in thePhilippines which depicts the search and finding of theHoly Cross by Queen Helena, mother of Constantinethe Great. The highlight of the procession is the majestic ReinaElena (Queen Helena) who walks with her consort,Prince Constantine, under a huge canopy of May flowers. Immediately behind her is a float carrying theimage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed by a brassband that lends the festive sounds to the procession. A nine days of prayer (a novena) in honor of the Holy Cross precedes the Flores de Mayo or Santacruzan. This festival was introduced by the Spaniards in thePhilippines and has since become part of Filipinotraditions identified with youth, love and romance. This Filipino tradition (The Queen of May Festivities),introduced by Spanish conquerors, is more than 100years old and lives on even in Europe, America and Asia. Filipino Communities and Associations all overthe world celebrate the Santacruzan with the samepageantry and glamour as the townsfolk in theirhomeland like the celebration here in Korea.
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4
 Seodaemun, Seoul,Korea. A Solidarity Night with Mi-grant Trade Union (MTU) was held last May 1
4
th 2011,at the KCTU (Korea Confederation of Trade Unions)Cafeteria in Seodaemungu. The theme was A Year of Solidarity for Empowering Migrant Women
Dignity andE
q
uality for all Workers
.The Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants Trade Union(MTU) is a labor union established in 2005 for and bymigrants workers themselves. MTU is affiliated with theKorean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). Theofficers of MTU is composed of different nationalitieslike Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Bangla-
desh, Thailand, among others. The organization’s main
goals are
;
1) stop the crackdown and deportation of undocumented migrants workers
;
2) legalization of allundocumented migrant workers
;
3) campaign in abol-ishing the Employment Permit System (EPS)to Work Permit System (right to change em-ployers, ten years residency period, right toinvite family, etc)
;
and
4
) campaign for thethree basic labor rights of migrant workers (theright to unionize, the right to collective bargain-ing, the right to strike).MTU activities and services includes counselingin workplace problems, educational programs,campaigns, Korean language class and theUMBRELLA (United Migrants Bringing Rights andLabor Actions). Through Umbrella women mi-grant workers are provided opportunity to meetand address their issues.The Solidarity Night aims to
;
1) Strengthensolidarity with Korean civil society movements
;
 2) promote and help legalize and recognizeMTU as a migrant workers organization
;
and3) help empower women migrant workers. Theprogram was opened by a film presentationabout the situation of migrant workers. Amongthe speakers includes MTU President MichelCatuira, KVTU, NCC President David Rai, WFW(Women for Women)
J
uno Gurong
;
Sulyapi-noy Chairman Noel
J
oseph Alvarez and otherguests. After the speeches short documentary filmswere shown about the problems of migrantwomen in Korea the films were made by GandivSubedi (Young artist from Nepal), Women forWomen by Shanti Adhikari, Sa
 j
angnim bySeo Moe Thu, and films from the WomenMigrants Human Rights Center of Korea. At the event different Asian dishes wereserved like Beef Rendang of Indonesia,Chicken Chili and Chatpatee of Nepal,Chicken Pork Adobo of the Philippines,Fusion dish from Filipino-Thai-Koreancuisine (Beef special), Korean Tteokbokkiand Pa
 j
eon. The event was capped byawarding of prizes to participants whowrote their well-wishes and solidarity mes-sages for MTU.
Contact details: 
Seoul-Gyeonggi-Incheon Migrants TradeUnion-MTU is open for counseling and itsprograms, located at Sangsaeng HakwonBuilding, 2nd floor, 202, Chung
 j
eongno 2-ga, 7
8
, Saedaemun-gu, eoul (by subwayline 5 to Saedaemun Station exit
#
1).Telephone
#
02-22
8
5-
6
0
68
. Homepage
 –
http://mtu.or.kr.Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) located at Kyunghang NewspaperBuilding 1
4
th floor,
J
eongdong 22 beon
 j
i,
J
unggu, Seoul. Tel
#
02-2
6
70-9150-
4
.Homepage
 –
http://kctu.org.Women Migrants Human Rights Center of Korea located at Women Migrants HumanRights Center of Korea Building
4
th floor,17
8
-
68
, Songin dong, Chongrugo, Seoul110-550. Tel
#
02-3
6
72-
8
9
8 8
. Home-pagewww.wmigrant.org. 
Solidarity Night with MTU
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4
 

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