Volume 1

Issue 5

March 2008

by Edward Castro
he Filipino EPS Workers Association’s (FEWA) official publication SULYAPINOY launched its official website www.sulyapinoy.org to improve and widen its services to all OFWs in Korea subjugating to FEWA’s objectives at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Hyehwadong, Seoul last March 9. The Filipino community has witnessed the launching right after the Holy Mass as Prof. Emely DicolenAbagat Ph.D, SULYAPINOY Editorial Consultant announced the website’s objectives before the churchgoers.

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The following are among the objectives mentioned during the launching: to provide wide and up-to-date information concerning Filipino migrant workers in South Korea; to serve as a bridge of information and a centralized online forum for discussions among different Filipino organizations in South Korea; to foster unity among all Filipino migrant workers and to leverage the culture and tradition between Filipinos and Koreans; to regularly provide latest updates on Korean and Philippine labor laws; to share individual’s opinions on current issues and events happening here, in the Philippines or in any part of the world that is affecting Filipino migrant workers’ life. Part of the announcement, SULYAPINOY has also extended its invitation to all Filipino migrant workers and different organizations to visit the forum website and become a member to achieve the said objectives. Fr. Emmanuel “Noel” Ferrer, SVD who celebrated the Holy Mass praised the good intention of the website. “Good news, meron ng website ang EPS for reliable information,” the priest cited.

132,000 foreign workers will be brought in this year
by Dondave Jabay
wacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do – The Ministry of Labor (MOL) through its website announced the public about the Korean government’s confirmation on its 2008 Foreign Workforce Import Plan during the Foreign Workforce Policy Committee meeting chaired by the head of the Office for Government Policy Coordination on Feb. 14.
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Christian “Zack” Robles, sulyapinoy.org web administrator, with the help of Dondave Jabay, SULYAPINOY managing editor and Edward Castro,
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by Amie Sison & Elizer Peñaranda
ma, patawarin mo po sila. Hindi nila nalalaman ang kanilang ginawa,” said Paul Caraga who portrayed Jesus Christ during the “Passion of Christ” Re-enactment performed by the Hyehwadong Filipino Catholic Community (HFCC) volunteers during the Palm Sunday mass at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Hyehwadong, Seoul last Mar. 16. Caraga together with the HFCC Chorale members dramatized, as
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by Alden C. Balgos
ongno-gu, Seoul –“If problems are difficult to solve in an organization, it’s time to do some rebuilding, refocusing and redirecting,” said Prof. Emely Dicolen-Abagat Ph.D., as she facilitated the 4-Sunday team building seminar last Feb. 10, 17, 24 and Mar. 2 sponsored by the Filipino EPS Workers Association (FEWA). ( turn to page 4 )

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by Edward Castro

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Photo in courtesy of Amie Sison Team Building Seminar: Participants pose all together with Prof. Emely Dicolen -Abagat (center) and Mr. Hyung Joong Yoo PECC Director (rightmost) at Phil. Korean Cultural House .

yehwadong, Seoul - The Hyehwadong Filipino Catholic Community – Justice and Peace Committee (HFCC-JPC) held its monthly meeting and reviewed its plans and strategic solutions on the current issues confronting OFWs in a two–hour session last Feb. 24.
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yehwadong, Seoul - The Filipino EPS Workers association (FEWA) volunteers recently reported that wages and re-hiring of EPS workers received the most number of queries and complaints in the past two months.

Aquilino Juanites Jr., FEWA board member, announced the summary counseling cases done by
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EDITORIAL

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a busy country such as South Korea, most of us find it really difficult to spare time for spiritual purposes. Notice how some Filipino workers, due to hectic schedules, could only observe the Holy Week in two days, that is, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Some of us might not even realize that Lenten Season is over nor the Holy Week is here.
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As Filipino Catholics and Christians, we all know the various traditional ways through which we commemorate the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord back in our country. But as Filipinos working overseas, being so busy with our job may not mean we will now lose the meaning of it these days. Still, though it is difficult to follow the traditional ways of observance, it is during this time that Christians should reflect deeply how much God loves us. It is because of His love that He gave us His only begotten Son… (Jn 3:16). And, if God gave His Son to die on the cross for our salvation, there is no reason why He would not answer our prayers. As we pray and think about the sacrifice of our Lord on the cross, we should also be inspired to follow His as we carry our own crosses in life as migrant workers. When Jesus carried the cross on

His way to Calvary, none of the people, except the ones who knew Him, understood the pain and suffering He was going through. Regardless of the humiliation and brutality, He still continued to walk His way for us, our salvation. As Filipinos working overseas, like us in South Korea, the Holy Week is the best time to reflect on the cross that Jesus carried. Likewise, we also have crosses to carry such as the dangers and difficulties; the loneliness and emptiness

of being far away from loved ones; the discriminations, insults and harsh words we experienced from our employers and co-employees; and most especially, the abuses and harassments that some suffered from ruthless employers. Like Jesus, we have heavy crosses that we should bravely carry along with, despite all the odds; we need to continuously walk on our way towards our goals as we sacrifice for the sake of our loved ones.

EDITORIAL STAFF
Editor-in-Chief: Rebenson B. Recaña Managing Editor: Dondave Jabay News Editor: Edward A. Castro Feature Editor: Elizer M. Peñaranda Literary Editor: Amie Sison Cartoonist: Alden C. Balgos Layout: blythe Photojournalist/Photo Editor: Jhon Flores Circulation Manager: Alwyin A. Casiño Contributors: Hong Hee-Chang; Angela; Katrina Macasaquit; Sofonias ‘Chabok’ Paragsa Adviser: Ma. Regina P. Arquiza Consultant: Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP

BOARD OF PUBLICATION
Board of Publication Chairman: Rebenson B. Recaña Board of Publication V-Chairman: Dondave Jabay Board of Publication in: Outreach, Recreation and Religious Program: Alden C. Balgos Budget and Finance: Sofonias N. Paragsa SULYAPINOY Website Development and Maintenance: Christian ‘Zack’ Robles Newsletter Binding/Distribution : Moreno D. Esla Trainings/Workshops : Richard C. Corpuz

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NEWS!
SULYAPINOY Launches…
SULYAPINOY news editor, said that they have been working hard on the forum design and contents in the past few months and are proud with the result. where the Korean Catholic martyrs led by Kim Taegun persecuted, on Black Saturday and the “Salubong sa Pasko ng Pagkabuhay ni Hesus” on Easter Sunday. Service - Korea (HRDS) early this year, FEWA President Loreto Agustin mentioned that rumors on cancellation of rehire program are not true. FEWA volunteers are continuously helping EPS workers find solutions on the problems which are expected to increase in the coming months. The organization is currently post in Woori Bank, Hyehwadong Branch every Sunday to help solve the work-related problems of the workers sector in Seoul and nearby provinces.

Filipino Community Seeks…
The meeting brought together the various Filipino organizations with a wide cross–section of representatives from KASAMMAKO – an allied of MIGRANTE International, FEWA, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Kandong, Rosarian, and others. The committee has designed strategic plans to deal with all and outright aspects of the migrant’s life. These include: continuous education and training programs; hospitalization and healthcare assistance; and labor policy- related counseling. The meeting brought up with current plans which include a formal letter to be submitted to the Philippine Embassy requesting the agency to strengthen its efforts in dealing with various dilemmas apparently occurring to many OFWs. JPC said that the letter shall elaborate an appeal to provide temporary shelter with free meals and at the same time implement training and values formation programs to empower the distressed OFWs while staying temporarily at the shelter house. Another concrete plan that the member organizations have finalized in that meeting was on setting up a communication network via text messaging on disseminating facts and information about Filipinos being caught by the Immigration Officers. This aims to warn the members of the different member organizations to take extra care and avoid going to places where Immigration Officers stay. This is a way of protecting and securing each other. JPC, for years, has been consistently condemning discrimination and repression manifested by some unscrupulous Korean employers against Filipino migrant workers. Pledging full support to the JPC, a representative stated that he is pleased with the continuous involvement and focus on the issues and its concern in revising plans for the betterment of the community.

“We want the website to become the central source of news, no matter what time of the day it is, our team which composed of selected moderators, advisers, and with the help of SULYAPINOY editorial staff, will be making sure it is regularly updated with the latest goings-on. With easy- tonavigate menus and forum categories, followers will really be able to get a worthwhile visit”, he added.
Rebenson “Reeve” Recana, SULYAPINOY editor-in -chief, also said that the idea of having a website for OFWs in Korea has started during the realization stage of FEWA. “Way back March 5, 2006 when FEWA was formally organized, it was also my dream to have a newsletter and a website which will serve as a voice of all EPS and other Filipino migrant workers in Korea in response to the growing problems and issues they are faced with. A year later, suddenly that dream came true when the SULYAPINOY newsletter was successfully publicized on November last year. And now, four months later, the SULYAPINOY forum website was officially launched. Thanks to God,” he added. Sulyapinoy.org has registered over 500 subscribers across the world making a significant increase in the number of its subscribers since it has been launched and is expecting to generate more subscribers as it features information on: the Employment Permit System; exploring Korea- places, the language, it's culture and traditions; The Filipino Community and other partner organizations in Korea; Photojournalism; classified ads; and other entertaining attractions like live radio, music videos, free softwares and latest gadgets, and a chat box. Recently, the web administrator and moderators also disclosed that the remarkable increase of membership was partially brought about by the Pacquaio – Marquez Boxing Rematch “The Unfinished Business” where subscribers was able to partake with the live chat while the rematch happens.

MOL Announces 2008…
According to the plan, the total number of workers to be brought in this year is 132,000, of which 60,000 are ethnic Koreans living overseas and the other 72,000 are general foreigners. MOL Foreign Workforce Policy Division Director Lee Tae-Hee explained that the plan was made in consideration of the demand for workers who will come to replace those expected to depart due to the end of their three-year employment contract period and the current state of labor shortages on small and medium manufacturing firms. The total figure is up by 23,000 compare to last year. In 2007, about 109,000 workers were introduced under the Employment Permit System. Among them, 49,600 were general foreigners and 60,000 were ethnic Koreans. The announcement did not include yet the specific number of workers to be assigned to each sending countries under the Employment Permit System (EPS) such as China, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Mongolia, and other Asian countries. The lists of industries in which employers are permitted to employ foreign workers are almost the same as last year, except that lodging industry is added to the list and that tourist hotels will be allowed to hire foreigners on a pilot basis. However, facility maintenance and management and worker dispatch services, a subcategory of employment services, are removed from the list of industries permitted to employ ethnic Koreans. The Ministry of Labor also reported the total foreign workers in Korea. As of December last year, there were a total of 642,000 foreign workers staying in Korea. And according to their status of sojourn, they can be divided as follows: 180,000 foreigners with an employment visa including those 134,012 foreign workers holding an E9 visa under the Employment Permit System and 34,128 professional workforces; 230,000 ethnic Koreans with an H-2 visa; 28,000 industrial trainees and foreign workers hired for short-term employment; and 202,000 illegal foreigners.
SULYAPINOY MARCH 2008

Sambayanan Commemorates…
choreographed by Roger Amboy, the Passion of Jesus Christ in line with the Catholic Lenten Season. Fr. Francisco Makabenta, SVD in his homily, shared on how Jesus suffered and died on the Cross. “Just like in man’s life, we also carry the cross thru our sacrifices. Upon carrying it, let us not complain for Christ Himself carried the cross out of His unconditional love for each one of us,” Fr. Makabenta added. Churchgoers lifted and waved their pine tree leaves to show oneness in commemorating “Palm Sunday” by which Holy Week normally begins. Also, HFCC hosted series of traditional holy week church events such as “Pabasa” sponsored by the HFCC Chorale, the “Washing of the Feet of the 12 Apostles” Re-enactment on Maundy Thursday, Pilgrimage to Mirinae and Joldusan, a folk village

Wages, Re-Hire Issues…
the volunteers thru personal interview and phone calls. Record shows that in January, out of 66 inquiries: 23, inquired and complained wages; 19, re-hiring procedures; 9, change of workplace; 7, standard labor policies; 5, insurances and alien card registration; and 3, visa status. “Wage inquiries and complaints in January are expected since the new basic salary has been set off,” Juanites said. However, FEWA received 64 queries and complaints in February: 21, re-hiring procedures; 19, wages; 8, labor standard policies; 4, pregnancy case of workers and alien card registration; and 2, visa status. As confirmed by Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), and Human Resources Development

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NEWS / FEATURES
FEWA Holds Team Building…
The seminar aimed to develop proficiency and efficiency in achieving desired task and goals by means of good leadership, teamwork, cooperation and camaraderie in an organization by using different activities such as story-telling, role-playing, unfreezing activities and group discussions among Fewanians. The first two sessions of the seminar were focused mainly on leadership and organization, qualities of a good leader, types of leadership, the mission and vision of an organization and team elements. On the other hand, the third and fourth sessions highlighted the importance of each member in an organization and setting priorities in connection with time management. Also, Human Rights Welfare Organization-Filipino Community (HRWOFC) Vice-President Franklin Caturla and Chairman on Funds and Projects Moreno Esla from Cheong-ju City participated and appreciated the importance of the seminar in the organization. “We hope that our community would conduct a seminar such as this to inspire all members and leaders to actively involve in pursuance of our objectives,” Caturla suggested. Prof. Emely Dicolen-Abagat is currently the Chairman of the Education Committee of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center for Filipino Migrants, a Doctor of Philosophy in Development Education, and Specialization in Education, Training and Values Formation are just among her professional background. “If you sweat about the little stuff then you will fill life with little things and you will never have the real quality time you need to spend on the big and important one,” is just one of the lessons Prof. Abagat shared with the participants.
Miss Hye Jin Park (left), PECC Manager having one-on-one interview with SULYAPINOY Feature Editor and incoming Editor-in-Chief Elizer Peñaranda

Philippine Edu-Culture Center:

by Elizer Peñaranda

In Unveiling the Philippines...
he 7,107 beautiful islands of the Philippine archipelago seemed to be unconquerable for many travelers. Fortunately, the natural wonders and vast culture of the Philippine Islands have been showcased splendidly in Metro Seoul, South Korea as the Philippine Edu-Culture Center (PECC) started its programs in 2006. It aims to function as the hub of cultural exchange between Korea and the Philippines by having the two countries understand their culture mutually and narrowing the gap thru providing information and a variety of educational programs. PECC Manager Hye Jin Park, also known as Rebecca, welcomes the Filipino community and informs about the different on-going projects and plans of the center for the Filipino migrants.

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In Valuing Education...
PECC recognizes the importance of mutual awareness and understanding between Korea and the Philippines in culture which eventually brings mutual appreciation. This will open up brighter opportunities for the Filipinos to teach the English language to Koreans. It invites highly qualified English language instructors to supply the needs of the learners when it comes to the said language. Also, the agency provides educational materials such as books and fliers from some well-known universities and learning institutions to promote Philippine education to young Koreans.

In Exploring Culture...
The cultural heritage and the modern fashion and lifestyle of the Philippines are shown thru photographs and films. The conventional art gallery showcases the Philippine artistry as it invites visitors. Independent films and documentaries also satisfy enough one’s crave over the country’s faces, places and events while enjoying one’s stay in the receiving area. Currently, PECC is continuously enriching its resource materials with the support from the National Commission in Culture and Arts (NCCA) of the Philippines.

Give Up Hypocrisy
by Maria Regina P. Arquiza

In the People’s Center...
PECC, as it aimed to be the center of cultural exchange, provides Free Legal Assistance with lawyers from the Seoul Bar Association. Also, it offers Free Eye Service with its ophthalmologist, Dr. Lee Jun Suk. And it guides those Filipinos who seek to have decent jobs. Today, the Philippine Edu-Culture Center is continu- Miss Faith Ocampo (right), a Filipina student and a part-time ously conducting its outreach programs for the clerk at PECC gathering initial data from OFW complainants Filipino migrants to easily adapt themselves to the Korean culture; be at the forefront in educating the Koreans thru the vast incomparable Philippine culture and arts.

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feels so good to see the flowers as they bloom in the spring season. A lot of people have been waiting for this time of year since winter is too cold and a bit gloomy.

New season. New beginning. New life. The beginning of spring isn’t only about the season change for a lot of Catholics. The transition period between winter and spring is the time when the season of Lent usually falls. The meaning of the word Lent is derived from the Old English Lenten, which means “lengthen.” This term refers to the lengthening of the daylight hours that occurs in the northern hemisphere as spring approaches. On the other hand, Lent is the time of penitence, reflection, and prayer to strengthen the relationship with God and renew one’s faith to Him. People give up something as a form of sacrifice during this period. “Adobo, pork afritada, sinigang na baboy” should be forgotten for 40 days from Ash Wednesday even until Easter Sunday. Wednes-

days and Fridays are the days when meat should be avoided as part of the sacrifice. And then, eating too much is also something that Catholics should avoid. Are these things really the meaning of sacrifice? Is Lent about the things that people give up to show God that believing to the Gospel and repentance exist? Or is it about what the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed to pay for the sins of the world? People might have different answers on these given questions. Each person has his own way of proclaiming the salvation Jesus Christ has won for

all thru His sufferings and death . People should remember that the Lenten season isn’t about hypocrisy, what matters the most is the sincerity of every individual to do good works to glorify God genuinely. The beginning of spring calls for a celebration. It is not just because of the wonderful weather or the new season per se, it is also the time for people to repent and believe. Rejoice! “That in all things, God may be glorified.”

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FEATURES
lives but maybe “baduy”. Grandmothers are not just 20 years ahead, but almost a half century older than us. With this, interests and perspectives in life might be totally different in so many ways. The fashion sense of our “lolas” and the idea of being conservative are things that bore the younger generation. But, have we forgotten that the persons who consider us to be babies are our grandmothers? No matter how old we are, grandmothers will always consider their grandchildren angels. They are like lawyers appealing up to the Supreme Court defending their grandchildren even if they committed the heaviest crimes with the punishment of reclucion perpetua. Isn’t being a stubborn daughter much more “baduy” than a grandmother? As a daughter, appreciation to what parents or grandparents do is of great significance. Daughters should be proud and honored with the love that the women in their lives are giving them. Different faces and different roles that women play are of paramount importance. Every woman is beautiful in her own way and that exquisiteness deserves genuine love and respect from everybody.
was significant in so many ways. First was the personal change that took place for me. I was saying to the world that I was a Catholic Christian and that I took my faith seriously. Yes it’s easy to espouse one’s commitment and love for Christ in the safety of a Cathedral or Parish, but can it be done at work or in a public space? Of course! In fact by living the Faith, by practicing abstinence we become closer to God and realize our potential in Him. I remember people from serendipitous encounters acknowledging, “Hmm. He’s not drinking.” They were challenged and rightly so. The normalcy of the environment was destroyed. Amidst the socializing and schmoozing was a person willing to stick it out, willing to give up something of value for something far more precious but which requires faith to understand. How the world needs more true Christians. Even now, while writing my first article for this paper I acknowledge my own failures. I remember my CRHP (CRHP = Christ Renews His Parish) brothers back in Florida and how, via the help of the Holy Spirit, were able to share our life’s failures and success regarding spiritual fidelity. I am glad that via my Philippine ancestry that Catholicism has been a major part of my life. For Lent 2008, I would like to wish everyone the best as they continue to carry their crosses for Him and for the inner strength, faith, hope, and love that will be required to finish. God speed!

by Maria Regina P. Arquiza

ince time immemorial, women have always been inferior with men in terms of having equal voice and power. There has always been inequality and discrimination which is a manifestation of societal immaturity. Last March 8, the whole world celebrated the International Women’s Day (IWD) to honor the economic, political and social achievements of women. A lot of women already proved their worth in the society as successful professionals or individuals capable of doing things that used to be doubted and questioned by civilizations. Mother, sister, grandmother, daughter, nun, niece, and so on should be celebrated! Every woman is indeed important and special in her own way. No matter what role every woman

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Lent – A Reflection
by Robert Ronelli plays in the society, she deserves the highest degree of respect and honor. A lot of people might be saying that mothers are like “sirang plaka”. They love nagging their kids and saying things over and over again. This isn’t an exaggeration, but rather a pure and genuine love that is manifested through the use of million words. Kids are indeed annoyed, but aren’t those words expressed to remind us that no matter what happens, there will always be someone who will love us unconditionally? A mother is someone who gives love and care without any inhibitions and reservations. A mother’s love is pure and willing to carry the pain and suffering of her children. If mothers are being tagged as “sirang plaka”, sisters on the other hand can be called as “kontrabidas”. A lot of people feel that some sisters block their plans and goals in life. That it is just usual that the so called “competition” can actually be seen between sisters. However, aren’t we aware that sisters are considered to be our best friends as well? We may have a lot of friends from school, work, or various organizations, but the persons who know us well are our sisters. A sister’s love can be equated with the real essence of friendship. Grandmothers may not be “kontrabidas” in our
he year was 2007. I was still living in Jacksonville, Florida – a city of tremendous potential given its number one ranking for land area in all of America. In addition the weather there is usually gorgeous, far from arctic temperatures and where even in December you can still find sandals and cargo shorts being worn, while shopping lazily on a Saturday near the beach or at a posh shop off of Southside Boulevard. I remember what I experienced spiritually, the closeness of God in my prayers and my friends who demanded more out of life than a Porsche and a blonde to go with it. I remember what Pope John Paul II said about the US, criticizing the pope culture as “the culture of death.” Given his spiritual insight and position, and also personally witnessing the foray of orgies, masked as dancing, I knew it was time to commit and to change fundamentally. The manifestation of our faith, as Catholics must be visible. We must be true examples in all areas of our life. Last year I chose to give up alcohol for Lent. My friends were shocked to hear that during our normal drinking times, Robert wouldn’t order a double Crown and Coke, but just water or soda. “Wow!” was the normal reaction which

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LABOR UPDATES

Legal Status and Obligation of Foreign Workers
Simplified by: Dondave Jabay (Source: Ministry of Labor)

Legal status of foreign workers
- All foreign workers, for the employment period, are under the same full protection of the labor laws like the Labor Standard Act, Minimum Wage Act, and
Industrial Safety and Health Act as Korean nationals. However, all household service workers, both foreign workers and Korean nationals, are not covered by the said labor laws.

In case of household service, the employer and the foreign worker can decide and enforce all the labor conditions including working hours, dismissal, day off, holiday within enforcement regulations of the Civil Law Act and according to the principle of freedom of contract.
- Some provisions of relevant regulations exceptionally apply to the foreign workers in agriculture, stockbreeding, and fisheries industries.

Example: Foreign workers in agriculture, stockbreeding, fisheries industries are not covered by the “Provision of Additional Wages (extension and holiday work)” of the Labor Standard Act.

Applications for Business or Workplace
- Although the foreign worker is prohibited from transferring to other businesses or workplaces in principle, the foreign workers can apply to the competent Employment Security Center (ESC) to move to another business or workplace in case normal reemployment relationship cannot be maintained due to the following reasons.

Reasons for Foreign Worker’s Workplace Transfer Application:
- Employer wants to terminate the employment contract during its term under justifiable cause or refuses to renew it after its expiration. - It is acknowledged that the worker cannot work at the workplace due to suspending or closing business and other causes not attributable to the foreign worker. - The foreign worker employment permission is revoked or steps restricting the employment are taken against the workplace at which the worker is working.

Reasons for revocation of the foreign worker employment permission - The employer breaches labor conditions including wages that have been agreed upon before the entrance into Korea - It is acknowledged that the labor contract cannot be maintained due to delayed payment of wages by the employer and/or other violations of labor laws. - The employment permission was obtained by means of misrepresentation and/or other misconduct. Reasons for restricting the foreign worker employment - The employer hires foreign workers without obtaining employment permission - The foreign worker employment permission is revoked - Be punished for the violations of the Employment Permit System Act or Immigration Control Act - The employer has domestic workers leave his/her job by employment control for a period of 6 months from the date of issuance of the foreign worker employment permission - The employer ordered the foreign worker to work at any other businesses or workplaces than identified in the labor contract - It is deemed that the foreign worker becomes unable to work at the business or workplace due to injury or other causes, but able to work at another business or workplace In Case Reason for Workplace Transfer Occurs:
- Application for Workplace Transfer shall be filed with the competent Employment Security Center (ESC) within 1 month after termination of the labor

If the workplace transfer permission under provisions of Article 21 of the Immigration Control Act is not issued within 2 months after its application date or such application is not filed within 1 month after the termination of the labor contract with the employer, the foreign worker shall leave Korea. Limitations on Foreign Worker Workplace Transfer:
- Foreign worker is not allowed to transfer to another workplace more than three times during the employment period. However, an additional transfer is allowed if all three transfers have been caused by those cases as: 1) the worker cannot work at the workplace due to suspending or closing business and other causes not attributable to the foreign worker; 2) the foreign worker employment permission is revoked or steps restricting the employment are taken against the workplace; and 3) the foreign worker becomes unable to work due to injury - Foreign worker’s transfer outside the industry is strictly prohibited.

The foreign worker who transferred to the workplace shall obtain a workplace transfer permission from the Immigration Bureau of MOJ.

Insurances and Trusts Application
- The workers who entered Korea become entitled to be covered by Employment Insurance and the corporate holder of Medical Insurance, and shall carry return Cost Insurance/Trust and Casualty Insurance, etc. - Some provisions of relevant regulations exceptionally apply to the foreign workers in agriculture, stockbreeding, and fisheries industries.

“Insurances and Trusts” details will be published in the next issue. Please keep posted!

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LITERARY
Prayer of a Solitary Man
by Edward Castro Tonight I'll ask the Lord for a strength that I don't quite feel. But then, maybe not quite feeling it lets me know that I'm still on the edge of feeling it, and I will be fine. But I still don't quite feel it, and I want to. I want to feel strong and confident, and not to fake it. Tonight I'll ask the Lord to carry me and not to stumble when I see the open door. Opportunities abound, please let me be able to grasp, NO! to be able to grab and hold what I need for me. Tonight I'll ask the Lord to give me wisdom, that I'll know what I need when I see it so that I can accept it as it comes. Sometimes I've been known to be blind to what is right in front of my face. Other times I've been so stubborn that I've turned down a beautiful gift. This prayer is to let me be open to the possibilities and gifts that are out there. Tonight I'll ask the Lord that he'll make me learn from my mistakes and take the lessons away that I am supposed to be learning. Or that I just learn something without having to make a mistake. Tonight I'll ask the Lord for that which is, of course, UNKNOWN. For the future. For the hopes in my life. That yes, indeed, there is love out there that I can share in. That there is someone out there who is craving the feel of me in her arms as I am longing for the same. All that lies in what I have yet to experience. Tonight I'll ask the Lord for understanding. For a sense of peace and calm in situations that have yet to see pace or calm, that usually revert to anger and resentment. I don't want to be right, I only want to be loved for who I am. I don't want to have all the answers if it means I can continue to learn along the way. I don't want to cry when I could be laughing. But I do. All of these things. I am this way, and I need to understand myself before anyone else can. Or I need to accept myself before anyone else can. Tonight I'll ask the Lord for rest. To sleep without fear of not waking up in time. To sleep without the constant twiddle I replay. To sleep after I wrote everything down. To sleep so I'm not tired when asked questions I may or may not be prepared for tomorrow. To sleep, conceivably to dream, of a hand holding mine, letting me know that I am not alone. Tonight I'll ask the Lord for trust. Trust in my experience and capabilities from me and from others. Trust that I do know what I'm doing. Trust that whatever future I'm building for myself, that it will work out how it's supposed to. Maybe not according to my plan, but the plan that works best for me, HIS PLAN. Trust that I will be able to catch myself if I do fall. And pick myself up. And go on.

Being One With The Lord
by Amie Sison The Lenten Season that we observed The passion of the Christ that we remembered For our salvation he answered His crucifixion and resurrection he doesn't bothered. I am so ashamed of all of my sin Even I confessed I'm still unclean On our world Satan is in between I apologize my Lord and I really mean. As I observed the holy week On fasting I'm always weak Though I tried to be a strong as a brick Praising you like a mountain's peak. What can I do to be so meaningful At least to acknowledge your dramatic painful For our future that you only want to be peaceful I feel uncertain and fearful. My Lord, I will stay with you Hope to guide me on my life's view I will keep your words which all true On your resurrection I will join with you.

Eastern Right
by Katrina Macasaquit

The Lent
(an anecdote of a believer)
by Amie Sison

You rise, O Lord, in a lightening power, drawing, pulling our sisters and brothers from their lonely graves first Eve and Adam, now living, breathing from their stone tombs, as you kick the doors of death with the panels of your cross, grasping, with warm hands, their hands that lay cold, lifeless in the earth Locked in darkness with fetters and chains, an oblivion of dark hidden from loving-kindness, locked and sealed from breathing and holding, feeling life’s caress, and waiting for glory’s moment of Pascha, moment of exodus, moment of love, moment of freedom to live and give, log due praise and glory to God above.

Semana Santa or Cuaresma or Holy Week is the most significant religious practice of our Christian faith. Observing Holy Week has various ways but still we have common reasons to commemorate the Passion of Christ. When I was young, I had no idea what Lenten season is. I remembered my father who carried me on his shoulder while I mimicked the palm leaves called “Palaspas”. Not until, when my mother taught me that Palm Sunday is the start of Jesus journey to Jerusalem and the people waved the palm leaves because they acknowledge Him as a King. Before, I have no idea about the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday when my family woke up on the early Friday morning. We walked barefooted toward the miraculous Landayan Church. My mother said that Good Friday commemorates Jesus Christ’s death. It is the time of sadness and a time of asking forgiveness. As I watched the “Senakulo” I couldn't understand why those people need to hurt Jesus badly during His time. At night, we have lighted candles and watched the procession to remember Christ Death and Resurrection. Most of the images were expressing sadness and sacrifices. The next day, my mother said that Black Saturday is the saddest day because we commemorate the death of Jesus. On the Easter Sunday, we had to leave our home for Church at dawn to watch the "Salubong". It is a traditional celebration every Easter Sunday dramatizing the encounter between Risen Jesus Christ and mother Mary while the children who act as angels singing around them. We have our own traditions as we commemorate the Lenten Season. And we all realized how much Jesus Christ suffered for us. On this season, we reflect on our faith as we believe in Him that He saved us. He invites us for our spiritual enlightenment. We are the servants who always receive His unconditional love. And we can return back our love to Him by forgiving those who have sinned us. Instead of inflicting punishment, let us open our hearts and mind, and prayer is the best thing we can do. I believe even sinners as Christians want to improve one’s spiritual life. For this Lenten Season, I hope that we should deepen our faith in Him. Happy Easter!

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LET’S LEARN KOREAN / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Basic Korean Lesson 3
Subject
Our next lesson is about subject. In first lesson, we had studied on how to find a subject in a sentence. Actually, those topics were all about subject. Now we will study more techniques about subject. Do you remember the ending letters signifying the words as subject of the sentence? Those are - , - , - , - . We can divide them into two groups. One is / , and the other one is / . What is the difference from each other? Example: A) . (I go to home.) (I)’ is the main reason to In this sentence, ‘ speak. ‘Who’ is the main information or more important idea of the sentence. B) . (I go to home.) Here, is the main reason to speak. Action is the main information or more important idea of the sentence. Actually subject is not necessary. So, .’ it is possible to say ‘ When you explain some action, use / . But if you want to say something about someone, use / . Don’t think it is difficult to use. You can use it naturally. Don`t be afraid. Actually, Korean people don`t know about it. We just speak naturally. So if you made some mistakes, nobody could know it. OK, time is up. Today, we studied about verb and subject. Next time we will study about object. It is easy also. So, don’t worry about it. And please use a dictionary when you don`t know the meaning of some words. It will increase your Korean vocabulary, thus improves your speaking and reading skills.

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But in our lesson we don’t use rule – . Because you can only use – for speaking and our lesson is focusing on reading and writing. So, I think type – is more important for us. Ok. It is basic about verb. Let`s practice more. I will give you a lot of verbs. Please use a dictionary and confirm their meaning.

Additional vocabularies:
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다하복행 다리흐 다맑 다춥 다덥 다하듯따 다 싸 다싸비 다키시 다찮괜 다쁘나 다좋 다작 다크 다적 다많 다쉽 다렵어 다있미재 다하부공 다우배 다하동운 다나어일 다자 다쉬 다하일 다나만 다팔 다사 다보

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These are necessary vocabularies. So you must know how to use them and memorize their meaning. They are very helpful to your daily life in Korea.

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요나만 에간시 음다 다니합사감 요나만 에간시 음다 다니합사감 요나만 에간시 음다 다니합사감 요나만 에간시 음다 다니합사감

Thank you for reading. .

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ERRATUM
In last February Issue, the news article entitled FEWA Visits HRWOFC was mistakenly dated as January 7 and should have been February 7. SULYAPINOY Editorial Staff regret the error.

DISCLAIMER
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Which is easier? Verb stem ending rule – or – ? Maybe rule – is easier than – . But actually rule is easy to speak. When you make a question sentence, using – , just rise your voice in the end and – in writing use a question mark. That`s all.

는은

다니갑 에집

는나 다니갑 에집 가내

다니갑 에집 다니갑 에집 는나

?까니습입 ?까니십마 ?까니습읽 ?까니습듣 ?까니습없 ?까니습있 ?까니입 noiiiittttseuQ no seuQ no seuQ no seuQ

요해 요어먹 요와 요가 요 요 요 요

요 요 다

다니습입 . 다니십마 . 다니습읽 . 다니습듣 . 다니습없 . 다니습있 .다니입 다– elllluR 다– e uR 다– e uR 다– e uR

다니합 다니습먹 다니옵 다니갑 다 다 다 다

’요-‘ 요 요 요 요

is used in conversation with colleague and someone not your friend or someone you don’t know. But don`t use it when you write or talk with your boss. It is so easy to use. Just say – after verb stem. Let’s practice.

가이

Our lesson for this issue is still about verb. Actually, we have studied about verb in our last issue but it was not yet finished. So now we will continue learning about – verb stem ending rule.

는은 가이는은

까니습했 이많 까니습했 이많 까니습했 이많 까니습했 이많 를부공 어국한 안동 그 다니입간시 째번 세 어국한 요세하녕안 를부공 어국한 안동 그 다니입간시 째번 세 어국한 요세하녕안 를부공 어국한 안동 그 다니입간시 째번 세 어국한 요세하녕안 를부공 어국한 안동 그 다니입간시 째번 세 어국한 요세하녕안
? I believe you!

.다입 다시마 다읽 다듣 .다없 .다있 .다이 형원 형원 형원 형원

다하 다먹 다오 다가

창 희홍

By:

(Hong Hee-Chang), Korean Teacher of Miriam Center School - Hyewadong
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형원 형원 형원 형원

FUN & LEARN
Instructions:
1. Fill the grid so that the numbers 1 through 9 appear in each row. 2. Fill the grid so that the numbers 1 through 9 appear in each column. 3. Fill the grid so that the numbers 1 through 9 appear in each 3x3 1 box. 4. A complete Sudoku puzzle contains the numbers 1 through 9 in 7 every row, column, and 3x3 box.

By: Alden C. Balgos

By: Dave & Alwyin Reviewed by: Angela, Korean Teacher of Miriam Center School

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Chul-Ip Geum-Ji Sa-Yong Geum-Ji

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In-Hwa-Seong Mul-Jil-Ju-Ui

San-Hwa-Seong Mul-Jil

ACROSS 1) undocumented alien 2) large quantity 4) mate, life partner 7) Korean 9) rent, lend, loan 11) music 12) Korean liquor

Pok-Bal-Mul

Dok-Geuk-Mul

Go-Ap-Jeon-Gi

Bang-Sa-Seong Mul-Jil

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Answer to February Issue

DOWN 1) the depraved, bully 3) scholar 5) post office 6) protection against the cold 7) bald headed person 8) civil law 9) ask, beg 10) next week

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Gyeong-Go Pyo-Ji Caution Sign

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Geu-Myeon

Bul Sa-Yong Geum-Ji Om-Gi-Ji Ma-Shi-O

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Geum-Ji Pyo-Ji Prohibition Sign

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The most exciting part!!!
The first person to answer the puzzle correctly will receive a reward in courtesy of SULYAPINOY Editorial Staff. How to report your answer? Please call 010-3982-2160 or email at

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Jesica Leyesa (1st person who got the perfect answer) and Aiko, HFCC Chairman for Sports and Recreation Committee (2nd
person who got the perfect answer)

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HRWOFC Historical Background
The organization started when the migrant center here in Cheongju hired a Filipina volunteer to act as a representative and a negotiator for all Filipinos. For more than 3 years, this center have helped many Filipinos. The way they handled the problems made them successful and became famous in various places. Their unfailing support and love to foreigners enticed the leaders of Filipinos to organize the Filipino community here in Cheongju and to support the center who have done a remarkable contribution at the Filipino Community. The name of this migrant center is Human Rights Welfare Organization for Foreign Workers. For this reason, volunteers organized a community under the banner of this center. The plan paved the way in the creation of the HUMAN RIGHTS WELFARE ORGANIZATION for FILIPINO COMMUNITY. One of the adviser is the deputy president of HRWO. He is a Korean who dedicates himself to help foreigners. Even these days, he still leads the center. HRWOFC was organized 2 years ago but it has been known when the organization was registered in Phil. Embassy . Our vision is to promote Unity and to help all the Filipinos not only the OFW’s but even those who are married to Koreans. We have organized this community because we have seen that many of our countrymen are being abused or maltreated by their employers or husbands.. We have encountered different cases and we were grateful that our efforts have become successful and we were recognized as the leading community here in Cheongju. We have also offered our services to the home for the aged. That was the first time that the foreigners had served Korean people. They are now anticipating that we can continue our efforts and we can extend our effort / services to the members and even those in Philippines . We had donated some money to the Elderly Association, last Christmas. In response, they had sent us a plaque of appreciation. Our goal is to continue our efforts to offer free services to all even to the Koreans, to promote unity, friendship and to provide just and fair justice to everyone, even the Human rights violation.

Sing with glorious praise to the Lord! Join the Messenger Choir of God

STANDING L-R: SOR MARGARET, TERE , MARITESS, ANNIE B., FR. EDWARD, ANNIE, SIS.LYDIA, RACHEL, RANDY, AMY, ANTHON, RODOLF, MICHAEL, BRO. THOMAS SEATED L-R: SIS. JENNY, SIS. MARTINA, JEFFREY, MORENO, NEL, SIS.JULIANA, MANNY & MAX Hung Dok Catholic Church, Cheongju City, South Korea For more info. Please call 01094143434

HRWOFC OFFICERS
President - Ana Maria M. Adante Vice- President - Franklin U. Caturla Secretary - Imelda C. Dahan Asst. Secretary - Riclay T. Abadejos Treasurer - Rosario A. Balgua Asst. Treasurer - Melody A. Tumala Auditor - Evangeline R. Retuta Asst. Auditors - Myla G. Sanchez, Virgilio G. Santos Public Information Officers - Emily Cabañog, Jeffrey Mendoza, Alerico A. Barrozo, Marino Demaangay, Jovito Gregorio Peace Keeping Officers - Roosevelt L. Velayo, Danilo D. Palac, Rolly P. Gerona, Ruben T. Manuel, Mario D. Pusung Jochiwon Representative - Arnel S. Hebra Jeongpyeong Representatives - Oswaldo D.Lipata, Ma. Gracelina D. Ramos Oksan Representatives - Elmer S. Sarad, Melchor C. Calma Ochang Representatives - Richard C. Somngi, Christian Ylen COMMITTEES Chairman - Funds & Projects - Moreno D. Esla Vice- Chairman - Funds & Projects - Antholyn S. Hernandez Chairwoman - Legal Affairs - Helen N. Balgos Chairman - Sports - Christopher J. Guerra Co-ChairmanSports - Joel Pahate Chairwoman - Program - Hera Jubelag Chairwoman - Community Services - Surala D. Vega Adviser- Ahn Geon Soo Spiritual Adviser - Rev. Edward Whelan, M.M

PLAQUE OF APPRECIATION
is hereby awarded to Human Rights Welfare Organization for Filipino Community (HRWOFC) Cheongju City, South Korea In full recognition and grateful acknowledgement for sharing of her invaluable and unselfish support for Gabay sa Nakatatanda Association (GANA), Brgy. Bagong Silang, Quezon City, Philippines. Given this 11th day of January in the year of our Lord 2008.

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