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Volume 2 Issue 1 November 2008

by Dondave Jabay

S eoul, South Korea — “Sulyapinoy has been

valuable in helping unite the Filipino Community,
facilitate assistance to fellow workers, promote
Abolishment of free accommodation and food
Also, Amb. Cruz shared the MOL plan to abolish the
information and bring the concerns of Filipinos to the current employers’ provision of free accommodation
attention of the Philippine Embassy,” said Philippine and food benefits to the EPS workers. He reported
Ambassador Luis Cruz in his speech during SULYAP’ that during the meeting conducted between
1st Anniversary Celebration last Nov. 2 at Columban Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) and the
Mission House. Ministry of Labor together with Korea Federation of
More so, he discussed major issues currently Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) last Oct. 14,
affecting Filipino migrant workers in South Korea MOL explained that the move was primarily to
particularly those workers under the Employment equalize the benefits between a foreign EPS worker
Permit System (EPS) sector. and his Korean co-worker. Some Korean employers
have also demanded to take away the said benefit.
Korean Won depreciation
It was also explained that a study or survey will be
The ambassador pointed out the looming effect of conducted to come up with a uniform cost of
global economic crises to the currency rate between accommodation and food which will be shouldered
Korean Won and US Dollar affecting OFWs salary. “In by the worker. The uniform cost will be circulated
life, challenges abound. You no doubt feel, right now among EPS employers for their reference.
the effects of the financial crisis. The Korean Won has
depreciated. KRW 1,000,000 used to amount to Despite of the move, it was also emphasized that
around Php 50,000 but in the past few weeks, the the provision of accommodation and food benefits is Photo by Felix Ferrer
Korean Won lost as much as 20% to 30% of its value still be possible and will be a matter to be agreed HE Ambassador Luis T. Cruz delivers his keynote speech
as compared to its strength at the beginning of this upon between an employer and a worker. MOL also during the SULYAPINOY 1st Anniversary celebration at
year,” Amb. Cruz commented. clarified that it will not issue a (turn to page 2) Columban Mission House on Nov. 2, 2008.

by Edward Castro
The first recipients of the
awards are as follows: Most by Elizer Peñaranda
Outstanding Filipino Com-
munities - Ansan Filipino
Community (AFC) of Ansan,
I taewon, Seoul — Amid the ongoing financial
crisis and the reported abolishment of free
accommodation and meal benefits of workers under
Hyehwadong Filipino Catholic the Employment Permit System, Filipino EPS
Community (HFCC) of Seoul, Workers Association (FEWA) supported the finan-
Human Rights Welfare Organi- cial literacy campaign of the Philippine Embassy
zation Filipino Community last Nov. 9.
(HRWOFC) of Cheong-ju,
Changhyun Filipino Catholic Aimed to promote savings consciousness and
Community (CFCC) of improve the current financial management skills of
Maseok, and Kasan Migrant OFWs while working in South Korea, the Financial
Workers Community (KMWC); Literacy Program (FLP) is a tool for information to
Photo by Felix Ferrer and Most Oustanding Filipinos empower OFWs on how to save and the know-how
Gawad Fr. Glenn Awards: Filcom and Philippine Embassy rejoice with the awardees
- Sr. Miguela P. Santiago, to start a small business as part of the reintegration
FMA of HFCC, Pastor Jones
for outstanding service to OFWs during SULYAP' 1st anniversary celebration. program of the Philippine government for our
Galang of Osan Migrants
modern heroes. (turn to page 7)
S eoul, South Korea — Various Filipino communi-
ties from Seoul and nearby provinces have
joined the Filipino EPS Workers Association (FEWA)
Center, Dr. Emely Dicolen-Abagat, Ph.D (HFCC),
Ms. Judith Hernandez, a politician and Mr. Franklin
Caturla (HRWOFC).
and SULYAPINOY in recognition with the awardees
of the first Gawad Fr. Glenn Giovanni Jaron who Also, KASAMMAKO Chairperson Pol Par with Bicol
exemplified outstanding services among OFWs in Association Vice-President George Angeles,
South Korea last Nov. 2 at Columban Mission House. PMWAK President Aldrin Igana, Norvi Bewang and
company of UNTV 37, Helen Balgos and Michael
Philippine Ambassador Luis Cruz led the awarding Berry of Human Rights Group, PHILWAK, Seil tour
ceremonies during the first anniversary celebration of PR manager Mila Monteverde, AFC President
SULYAPINOY. “In a span of one year, SULYAPINOY Kathlia de Castro, KMWC President Anthony Carl
has become a channel in reaching out our kababayan Dacones with Sister Luz Olalia, SJBP, HFCC
through its newsletter and website. It has become not Rebeck Beltran and Gemma Cantutay, HRWOFC
only a voice for EPS workers, but for all Filipinos and former president Ana Maria Adante with Rofezel
Felix Ferrer
Photo by Elizer Peñaranda
even foreign workers as well. You have come this far Esperanza and Pucheon Workers Association
by faith with action. Through achievements and Ramsey Arazanso with Maricar Sinagpulo FLP Seminar: FEWA members with Chris Ariola (center)
challenges, you persevered and created a model for represented their respective constituents in support flanked by Counselor Garcia (left) and Consul Dayang
success,” Amb. Cruz said. to the celebration. (turn to page 7) (right) raise the Philippine flag in support to the program.

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Amb. Luis Cruz Keynotes…
by Rebenson Recaña policy stating that EPS workers are not entitled to the
said benefits.
H yehwadong, Seoul — "Thank you, we have
learned a lot from you" printed on the souvenir
t-shirt with Fr. Glenn’s photo and OFW logo as Fili-
Comments of the Phil. Embassy during the meeting
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) Attaché
pino EPS Workers Association (FEWA) launched the Delmer Cruz pointed out that unlike their Korean co-
fundraising project last Nov. 9 at St. Benedict workers, EPS workers are temporary guest workers;
Church. hence, they should be provided with free accommoda-
tion. This is the industry practice in most labor receiving
Proceeds of the said project will be forwarded to countries like the Middle East.
Hyehwadong Filipino Catholic Community (HFCC) in
support to the General Nakar Quezon Scholarship More so, Korean employers in other sectors like profes-
Program. T-shirts can be bought at KRW10,000 each sionals and entertainers (OPAS) provide this benefit too.
with available sizes of small, medium, and large. “Free accommodation and food has always been given
to workers, since the start of the EPS and even under its
More so, in line with recent SULYAP’ 1st anniversary precursor, the Industrial Training System (ITS). Thus,
celebration and in support to Prof. Emely Dicolen- removal thereof would be tantamount to diminution of
Abagat's call for the General Nakar Quezon Scholar- benefits,” Labatt Cruz added during the said meeting.
ship Program, FEWA sold a number to show grati-
tude to HFCC and former Chaplain Fr. Glenn On the other hand, the Korean side admitted that the
Giovanni Jaron, MSP who is currently based in move is not connected with the current global financial
California. In his phone message to SULYAPINOY, crisis. In fact, MOL said that the demand for EPS workers
he expressed his deep gratitude for the full support to will continue and even increases. The Philippine em-
the project he initiated. "Maraming salamat sa inyong bassy will continue to renegotiate with the Korean side
walang sawang pagtulong sa ating kababayan dito and inform the EPS workers of further developments.
sa Korea at sa ating bansa, ako'y nagagalak and RP-ROK Social Security Agreement
keep up the good work," he said. As regards to social security issue, Amb. Cruz confirmed
For orders and reservations, you may contact FEWA that all foreign workers employed through the EPS and
and SULYAP’ staff for the limited supply available. ITS will eventually be excluded from coverage of NPS
You may also contact Precy Niebres of HFCC at but he emphasized that nothing in the agreement pre-
Fr. Glen T-shirt: Front and back view design in vents employers from making a 50% employer’s share
016-212-3100 for direct purchase of the t-shirt. fashionable plain colors. on the monthly contribution. He also emphasized that
contributions to the NPS are intended to fund a worker’s
Gas Tax Refund for Korean Nationals and Foreign Residence retirement, death or disability pension and the savings
should be used for this purpose. “This should be part of
by Alden Balgos everyone’s personal financial planning,” Amb. Cruz
S outh Korea — Korean Nationals and Foreign
Residence (workers or self-employed) who have
stayed in Korea for more than at least one year hav-
annual income in the year 2007. If the total income is
less than KRW30,000,000, the recipient shall re-
ceived KRW240,000. If the total income ranges from
“There will be no transfer of funds to the SSS. Instead,
contributions paid to the NPS will remain with NPS until
ing an income of not more than KRW36,000,000 in the KRW35,000,000 to KRW36,000,000 the recipient claiming at retirement age. There were ongoing talks that
year 2007 will receive a tax refund more known as shall receive KRW60,000. contributions can be made through Metrobank or
Gasoline Tax Refund sponsored by Korea National Tax relatives back in the Philippines. The agreement will
Service as a government subsidy in response to the More so, the Korea National Tax Service encouraged
make SSS coverage of EPS and ITS workers manda-
recent soaring oil prices affecting economic situation. foreign workers to use its help desk and helpline tory,” he added.
services which offer immediate assistance to all
For foreign resident workers, only their employers can foreign workers with problems or questions related to Financial Planning
make an application until October 31, 2008. For Self- tax matters. The help desk can be used thru its web- In support to the RP-ROK Social Security Agreement,
employed foreign residence, they can go to any dis- site at while the helpline Amb. Cruz pointed out the importance of financial plan-
trict tax office for their application until November 31, service can be reached at 02-397-1440 and is ning. “We should always save. There is no reason not to
2008. The amount to be received shall depend on the opened Monday to Friday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM . save. That there are expenses back home is not reason
enough. We can always save. And you should involve
Catholic Groups to Support Immigration Officers your families as well. This, precisely, is the subject of our
Financial Literacy Seminar, a project that FEWA will
Campaign against NPS-SSS Accord Conduct Massive Crackdown hopefully join and promote in the future,” he explained.

by Rebenson Recaña by Dondave Jabay Public engagement of issues

Also, he reminded SULYAPINOY on the importance of
P hilippines — Episcopal Commission for the
Pastoral Care of Migrants and Iterant People
(ECMI) under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of
M aseok, South Korea — Over 100 undocu-
mented migrant workers were arrested
during the massive raids inside the Maseok
responsible reporting in public engagement to issues.
“There are times when things appear to be bad, but the
the Philippines (CBCP) Bishop Precioso Cantillas, Industrial Complex in Namyangju City, Gyounggi-Do media also play a role in sometimes exaggerating things,
and at the Cheong-San Farm in Yeon-Chon, making us feel more disadvantaged than we really are.
SDB, DD of the Diocese of Maasin, Leyte, in a letter
Gyounggi-Do on Nov. 12. This then causes a cycle where people continue to look
thru Fr.Edwin Corros, supported the petition of the at things negatively, to feed and be fed upon by more
Filipino workers against the NPS-SSS agreement sensationalists reporting. The end-result: a feeling of
and presented recently the issue to Philippine Mi- Reports said, hundreds of police officers cordoning
off the Maseok Industrial Complex, and indiscrimi- helplessness when hope and help actually abound,” he
grants Rights Watch (PMRW) to do the follow-ups on commented.
the submitted campaigned signatures with Sen. nately arresting migrant workers. The arresting
Miriam Defensor-Santiago. team, without bothering to identify themselves, More so, Amb. Cruz challenged SULYAPINOY to consis-
barged inside migrants' dormitories and housing tently uphold responsible reporting, exercise prudence,
Bishop Cantillas has learned the crusade against the units. There were also reports of verbal and physical avoid sweeping generalizations, and double-check the
bilateral agreement thru Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP abuses. facts. He also expressed his strong support to SULYAPI-
during his visit to St. Benedict Church last Oct. 26 for NOY. “The Philippine Embassy will be with you through
his involvement to some issues confronting Filipinos The crackdown happened right after the wide this all. We need to cooperate and help each other and in
in the process of migration. crackdown campaign launched by MOJ and MOL my talks with Ambassadors of other labor-sending coun-
from Oct. 13. to Nov. 12 announcing its stepped up tries, they told me that they look forward to Filipinos in
Currently, PMRW is composed of several groups crackdown against illegal immigrants. It also Korea as model foreign workers. Let us not fail them in
including Catholic NGOs which promotes human announced thru MOJ official website that it aimed to their expectations. You are called upon to lead. You have
rights of the migrant workers with ECMI as one of its reduce illegal immigrants from 220,000 to 200,000 come this far by faith. Together, we can go even farther,”
founding members. by later this year and 19.3% to 10% within five years. the ambassador added.



Recently, the federation of Korean employers of the and violation of labor contract have confronted both
small and medium-scale enterprises has South Korea and the sending countries including
announced its plans for the forthcoming renegotia- Philippines with regard to the labor agreement
tion of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is considerably new and on “trial and error”
of the Employment Permit System. In relation to the stage.
provisions of the benefits of the workers, some
employers suggested the abolishment of the We strongly urge our Philippine government to
current inclusion of free accommodation and meal. keep firm in promoting the general welfare of all
Instead, the workers are subject to shoulder all the OFWs including the EPS workers’ rights to
expenses for the said basic needs. receiving free accommodation and meal since the
MOU on labor program between ROK and the
The EPS Workers Association (FEWA) together Philippines is set to be renegotiated and ratified
with various labor groups firmly support the general anew before the year ends.
welfare of the workers with the inclusion of comfort-
able accommodation and meal to the standard Also, the Korean lawmakers should set some
labor contract as benefits of the workers under the provisions in the Korean labor laws considering the
said labor program. importance of the accommodation and meal and be
solely provided by the employers for the welfare of
Currently, EPS workers’ longlist on monthly foreign workers during the employment period.
deductions includes income tax, inhabitant tax,
health insurance, unemployment insurance, and The Ministry of Labor (MOL) should also include
national pension contribution plus the high cost of the Standard Labor Contract (SLC) as integral part
living which significantly affect the monthly remit- of the MOU of the Employment Permit System to
tance send home to our families. curb a number of the reported complaints in the
violation of contract the agency has continually
Moreover, the suggested abolition of such benefits receiving.
though no Korean labor law would be violated
remains inhumane treatment for every foreign valuable contribution to South Korea’s highly re- To our fellow EPS workers, who continuously give
worker who has the right for protection on basic garded economy strength need such fringe benefits support to the economy of both South Korea and
necessities like shelter and food since the Lee particularly on accommodation and meal to compen- the Philippines despite 3-D work, exposure to
Myung-bak administration campaign slogan is pri- sate the dedication to our work though highly risky to health risky job, work-related problems, longlist
marily focused on the maturity of the country to- health which we used to embrace. deductions on salary, Korean language difficulty,
ward globalization. homesickness, global financial crisis and some
Since 2004, reported problems and issues like indus- other issues. Let us keep proving our worth of
Engaged in 3-D (dirty, difficult and dangerous) that trial accidents due to inadequate supply of industrial being highly motivated, skillful and hardworking
most Koreans avoid, threatened job security and protective equipment, physical and verbal abuses, workers for we are much deserving of what we’ve
aggravating economy brought by global financial unpaid benefits, overtime work and salary, uncomfort- been receiving as work partners of Asia’s fourth
meltdown, foreign workers who have provided able accommodation particularly during wintertime largest economy.


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by Elizer Peñaranda
“I always wanted to share whatever I’ve learned and Taking Actions, Views and Possibilities
initiate changes for our community,” shared Consul For six years, the Philippine embassy has been
Juan “Jed” Dayang Jr. during his Financial Literacy proactive to issues confronting our OFWs and helped
Campaign Seminar, the flagship project of the gov- negotiate with the Korean government in solving and
ernment, among Filipino communities in South Ko- making improvements. “I’ve worked with four
rea. ambassadors and dealt with issues. It was during the
time of Amb. Villacorte, the embassy put much effort
At 36, he spent valuable public service and experi- to curb human trafficking by disseminating relevant
enced challenging lives in the peninsula since 1993 information and rights of the OFWs like our
up to 2008 -as scholar and the Second Secretary and entertainers,” he added.
Consul of the Philippine Embassy in Seoul.
Thru Employment Permit system, the world recog-
Empowering Oneself thru Education nized how Korea becomes more democratic with
In 1996, he earned his scholarship on MBA Major in programs on labor and for multicultural families. Also,
Industrial Business and Economics with highest Consul Jed talks on ‘Paying yourself first and he has been assertive with the possibility for Filipinos
making your money work for you’ under the FLP. to teach English language to Koreans which only
honors at Graduate Institute of Peace Studies in
Kyung Hee University (Seoul) and became the first native speakers are currently allowed. “We have the
foreigner elected as president of the student council. initiative and if given the opportunity, we can provide
“I held the position for I wanted to speak out as Fili- them with the best and brightest teachers for I
pino and support our OFWs who suffered from work- believed they have high regard with our quality edu-
related abuses based from news articles I’ve read cation and for our teachers to improve the skills while
which prompted me to write proving that Filipinos are teaching and after work contract share the acquired
skills back to our public schools,” he suggested.
no ordinary students and workers in South Korea.
Having the Best Thesis entitled “Philippines in APEC Fostering Ties and Support with Filipino Communities
and ASEAN: Congruency”, he headed back to the The Filipino community in South Korea has been the
Philippines, focused on Youth Forum on APEC and staunchest alley of the Philippine government in
spearheaded the Youth Forum on APEC and providing services to our expats for years. He firmly
Philippine Culture with former President Fidel Ramos believed in building public trust, we must listen, guide
as guest of honor. “I wanted to talk about on how and be honest to our people for they naturally under-
Filcom and friends congratulate Consul Dayang for stand our strength and weaknesses. “I get inspired
Philippine culture could sustain itself in globalization,”
valuable service to OFWs awarded by Amb. Luis Cruz. with our OFWs in South Korea who continuously
he continued.
bring hope and pride to our country and to God for
Involving Youth on Politics and Foreign Affairs the Philippine Embassy of Seoul in 2002. giving me the strength and wisdom to share this
His involvement on youth forums has paved the way Financial Literacy Program (FLP) with full trust and
As the Administrative Officer, he supervised the daily support from Ambassador Luis Cruz and friends,” he
to organize the Alliance for Youth Solidarity (AYOS)
in 1997 to ensure the voice and the rights of the activities of the embassy like personnel, finance, shared.
records, communications and properties since 2003.
youth for the first partylist election and for having Currently, his Masters of Public Administration
Also, some of the positions he held are as follows:
received 67,000 votes nationwide enough for AYOS (candidate for graduation) under the University of
Head, Diplomacy Unit (since 2003); Coordinator, Assis-
proclaimed in the partylist group with one seat in Oklahoma with research on “Effects of Financial
tance to National Unit (2002-2005); Phil. Delegation
Congress. Education among Filipino Overseas Workers in
Liaison Officer and Head of Support Group to APEC Seoul, Korea shows that FLP is effective in increasing
“As I get older, I realized that aside from individual (2005); Chair, first Absentee Voting (2003); Arranged the knowledge as it focused on the subject of chang-
capacity, one needs the support of others for I could- Conferment of honorary PhD of Laws to President Glo- ing behaviors and by sharing the knowledge with the
n’t do it all alone. Aside for having a social worker ria Macapagal-Arroyo by Kyungsung University-Busan families and this campaign on Savings or Save first
mother and a journalist dad, I had my early exposure during the APEC Summit (2006); Chair, Working Group before Spending is paramount amid global financial
and knowledge to international issues and began to of ASEAN Sub-Com of the ASEAN 40th Anniversary crisis to OFWs and our families back home. “Through
espouse public service with the global mindset,” our Seminar in Seoul (2007); and Coordinator, Financial Financial Education, we take a step closer to
young leader shared as he assumed his position in Literacy Program for OFWs (March 2008). eradicating poverty,” he added.

by Ma. Regina P. Arquiza

Checking the currency rate is now considered as losing their jobs making them feel worried about
one of the habits that most Filipinos do everyday. their families back home.
For those Filipinos in Korea earning dollar, they
can’t hide the feeling of excitement and anticipation. Predicting what’s going to happen in the economy is
On the other hand, for those people earning won, something that can’t be measured exactly. There
this situation is indeed gloomy making them feel that might be a possibility of being able to ease the tur-
their money doesn’t have value anymore. moil, but time and patience are badly needed. This is
not a single fight of Juan dela Cruz, it’s a global
The original price of a small box of milk is 500 won struggle that requires faith from everybody in the
and now it costs 700 won. Or if we assume that a global context. Government leaders who attended
worker’s salary is one million won, it means that it’s the previous forum of the Asia-Pacific Economic
only about 700 dollars. This is painful to a lot of Cooperation (APEC) held in Peru promised that they
Filipinos especially at this time because Christmas will take all necessary economic and financial meas-
is coming. since the end of June and now considered the worst
performing currency in Asia. It may not be easy to ures to resolve the crisis. Let us all have faith that
It is lamentable that the ongoing economic downturn understand the details of the existing global economic this issue will be solved soon. And then, having a
worldwide makes every Juan dela Cruz suffer more. crisis, but feeling the effects of it makes everything habit of offering a short prayer to resolve this crisis
As reported, South Korea’s won slumped 30 percent clearer. And also, a lot of Filipinos feel threatened of will be of great help too.




ni Billy Vela ni Joven M. Araquel
(Ansan Filipino Community Volunteer) (FEWA Member)
Dito sa Korea ay may isang pahayagan Sa simula pa ikaw ay naging kanlungan
Buwan-buwan ay tunay itong inaabangan Naging mata at tainga ng ating kababayan
Pagkat hatid nito’y balita sa mga kababayan Mga sakripisyo at hinaing ay iyong pinakinggan
Pati impormasyon na dapat nilang malaman. Iba’t ibang mga bagay ang naisip upang kabaya’y matulungan.
Itong pahayagan na SULYAPINOY ang ngalan Kayraming panahon at ginugol na oras
Ito’y nagsimula isang taon na ang nagdaan Ang pagtulong sa kapwa ay di pinalipas
Naging sandata ay mata, tenga at panulat lamang Sa oras ng paglilingkod ikaw ay di umiiwas
Nagsilbing boses ng mga Pilipinong kanyang kababayan. Bagkus hinaharap anumang hirap at pagod ang dinaranas.

Ngayon ika’y nagdiriwang ng unang kaarawan Iba’t ibang balita ang hatid mo sa tuwina
Ating lingunin isang sulyap ng iyong nakaraan Dito sa korea naging boses ka ng masa
Mga araw na tila pagsubok ay di malalampasan Kahit na malayo kami sa aming mga pamilya
Ngunit heto ka ngayon naglilingkod pa rin sa bayan. Iyong hatid mga pangyayaring mula sa ating bansa.

SULYAPINOY ika’y tunay na maaasahan Mula sa mga kababayan ikaw ay dakila

Sa sandaling uhaw kaming lahat sa kaalaman Dahil sa tulong mong ganap at mabuting gawa
Pagdating sa balita na patas mong ipinapaalam Maraming salamat sa taos pusong pagpapahalaga
Nagsilbing kaibigan sa lahat ng nangangailangan. Sa kababaya’y nagbigay kaluwagan at nagdulot ng ginhawa.

Bilang regalo sa SULYAPINOY na aming kaibigan Simula pa man abot kamay ang iyong pagdamay
Marami pang taon hiling sa Maykapal ng karamihan Sa oras ng kagipitan ikaw ang kaagapay
Pagkat hindi lubos maisip kung ikaw ay lilisan Sa iyong mga kababayan ika’y parte ng buhay
Paano na ang taong bayan na SULYAPINOY ay inaasahan. SULYAPINOY isa kang kaibigang may hangaring tunay.

When things turn out on Pasko para sa OFW

ni Amie Sison (SULYAPINOY Literary Editor)
different way…
by Cherryl Diza (FIMIWAP Member - Busan) “Mommy padalhan mo ako ng scrabble board at mp3, christmas gift mo sa akin ha!” Mula sa isang anak na
nangungulila sa kanyang Ina. Anak na alam niyang matutugunan ang kanyang pangungulila sa kanyang
Often than not, people go crazy when their Ina sa pamamagitan ng mga materyal na bagay.
plans are not materialized the way they
planned them to be. Simple logic says that “Okay anak padadalhan kita bago mag Christmas. I love you!” Ito naman ang isinagot ni Monette isang Ina
there are a lot of things beyond our control. na hinahanap ang mga yakap ng kanyang anak. Ngunit hindi niya basta magagawa dahil nagtatrabaho
There is Someone who is more powerful than siya sa ibang bansa.
us, He is Almighty and He can make things Pagkatapos maibaba ang telepono. “Ang daming gastos, at hindi ko na rin alam kung paano pagkakasya-
turn out according to His will. And this is a hin ang sweldo ko. Ang hirap pa nito napakababa ng palitan ng dolyar. Ang dami ko na rin utang. Hay naku!
FACT that we must accept, comprehend, and Kahit mag part time job pa ako hindi rin sapat… Mag papasko pa. Ang daming hihingi ng pamasko. Sakit sa
must not question. Read Jeremiah 29:11~23 ulo.” Kunot noo sa pagsasabi ng katotohan sa pagharap ng pasko niya.
about God`s plan for you and me, for all of us.
Sakit sa ulo? Minsan sakit nga ng ulo ang pinansyal na problema. Ngunit mas mabuti pa rin ang sitwasyon
I am used to planning things that i want to natin sa iba. Sa sitwasyong parang nakakasira ng ating pag-iisip at mga bagay na may kaugnayan sa ating
happen in my life. I despise the "bahala kalusugan. Siguro ay mas mainam kung matuto tayong magpasalamat sa ating mga biyaya at iwasan
na" (whatever will be, will be) system because tanungin ang Diyos sa mga bagay na hindi natin gustong nangyayari sa ating buhay.
i don`t want to face the worst when things go
Tuwing pasko kailangan nga ba natin gumastos ng maraming pera upang tayo ay maging masaya o upang
wrong. Yet, sometimes, things turn out the
mapasaya ang ibang tao. Sa ibang tao, mayroon silang mga paraan upang madama ang tunay na diwa ng
way i don`t expect them to be. I used to feel
pasko. Ang simpleng pagdiriwang na mapapakita ang pagmamahal sa Panginoon ay wala ng mas hihigit
frustrated, thinking i didn`t do well enough to
pa. Napakadaling gawin ang mga ito sa Pilipinas. Ngunit, paano naman sa mga OFW sa buong mundo?
materialize those plans; that i wasn`t able to
foresee the hindrances. But then, i realized Malapit na ang kapaskuhan. Tayo ay mga migranteng manggagawa. Ang ilan sa atin ay matagal nang hindi
that whatever i do, whatever preparations and nararanasan ang diwa ng pasko sa ating bansa. Sa panahong ito hinahanap natin ay pagmamahal ng ating
tactics i make or think of, to make every plan pamilya. Karaniwan na sa mga Pilipino na ipagdiwang ang pasko kasama ang pamilya.Ito ay napakahirap
(or even a dream) come true, many things are sa isang migranteng mangagawa na hindi man lang makasama ang kanyang pamilya. Ang iba ay na-
really beyond my control. The only thing that kakayanan na ito. Kinakaya dahil sa pangangailangan ng kanilang pamilya at para sa kanilang pangarap.
uplifts me in every failure is my belief that God
didn`t allow it to happen because He has Napakaraming magulang ang nangingibang bansa para sa kinabukasan ng kanilang mga anak. Minsan
something better for me. I only need to open hindi naman alam ng mga mahal natin sa Pilipinas kung ano nga ba ang tunay na hinaharap natin sa
up my mind and wait what God has in store paghahanapbuhay sa ibang bansa. Nagkakaroon ng hindi pagkakaunawanan sa tuwing mapag uusapan
for me in the future. God has the final word, ang pinansyal. At para naman sa isang anak, ginagawa ng bawat magulang ang lahat upang matugunan
He`s got the final decision in my life, in our ang kanilang mga pangangailangan ng hindi nila mararamdaman ang hirap ng pangungulila.
lives. And if all of us will believe in this FACT, Paano kaya dito sa Korea? Magkakaroon ng iba’t-ibang Christmas party ang mga organisasyon. Siguro
every failure will give us a new hope. kahit paano ay mabawasan ang lungkot na dala ng pangungulila sa kanilang mga mahal na pamilya sa
Pilipinas sa pamamagitan ng pakikisama. At sa kaugnayan ng krisis sa pananalapi ay malaking tulong ang
Psalms 16:9 - A man`s heart plans his way, pagtitipid.Sana sa darating na pasko ay magkaroon ang bawat isa ng kapayapaan at maramdaman nila
but the Lord directs his steps. ang kahulugan ng pasko kahit na tayo ay nasa ibang bansa. SULYAPINOY NOVEMBER 2008 5


By: Sofonias ‘Chabok’ Paragsa By: Dondave Jabay

1 대 원
1 Instructions:

열 명 사
1) Fill the white squares with numbers 1 to 9 so that they
2 2 3
3 add up to the sums shown in highlighted squares (gray

4 5 4
사 무 실
5 color).
2) A gray color square will show one or two numbers

이 서 separated by a diagonal line.
3) A number that is above the diagonal line is the sum of

7 8 아7
름 다 운
8 the row of white squares to its right.
4) A number that is below the diagonal line is the sum of
버 리 the column of white squares beneath it.

9 10
마 지 10
막 Two important rules:

을 대 학
1) There are no zeroes.
2) Do not put the same number in each sum of the row
모 기 of white squares to its right or column beneath it.
The most exciting part!!!
Answer to October Issue The first person to answer the puzzle correctly will be
given a public recognition through SULYAPINOY
ACROSS DOWN newsletter and website. How to report your answer?
Please call 010-9294-4365 or email @
1) royal palace 1) university student
2) malarial fever 3) bridge
4) non sense, unreasonable talk 5) pine tree
7) working in shift 6) topic 10) round robin, league series Answer Here
9) traditional Korean narrative 7) prison, jail
11) of course, right 8) hard study
12) dictionary 9) climax, the summit

by Alden C. Balgos

Answer to October Issue

(All winners who got the perfect answers)
1st - Billy Vela , Ansan Filipino Community, Ansan City
2nd - Mr. Arlene Malonzo, Kangyeoksi Seo Gu Bullo
dong 490 Beonji 1 ho, Incheon, South Korea
01 - Sofonias N. Paragsa 18 - Franklin U. Caturla
Jose Richard T. Gabatan 20 - Michael B. Balba
04 - Ronald S. Saet Joel M. Anover
07 - Ronaldo M. Garcia 23 - Jocelyn M. Villareal
08 - Calixto C. Evangelista Jr. 24 - Ma. Victoria B. Cardona
Jhon Flores 25 - JESUS CHRIST
11 - Christian D. Robles 26 - Joel Y. Petallana
12 - Loreto H. Agustin Rainerio R. Rafaya
Wilson D. Valenzuela 27 - Maynard M. Manlosa
13 - Reynaldo O. Centeno Jr. Joel P. Santiago
Lucia M. Castillo Arnolfo A. ALojado
15 - Rogelio D. Osorio Noel B. Ang
Mateo B. Longos Jr. Marlon R. Daquiz
16 - Olympio D. Brucal 28 - Lorena G. Javier
Marlon L. Libunao 29 - Cerly Barroga
18 - Sonny R. Luzon 31 - Raymund M. Macado


your plans then we’ll have the planning and let’s Park congratulated the officers for the commitment of
FEWA Supports Financial… find out all the means and possibilities,” Garcia rendering services to fellow EPS workers.
Spearheaded by consul Juan Dayang Jr. since March shared.
30, 2008 at Kasan Migrant Workers Community Also, on center stage, KMWC performers led by Joy
Also, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Lor with Orly Tungala enthralled the audience with
(KMWC), FLP fosters on knowing how to keep what Officer Esperanza Cobarrubias promoted the
workers earned and do more on what they keep - live rendition of Bulag, Pipi at Bingi. Also, AFC per-
OWWA Re-integration Program and current forming arts group led by their former president Billy
Plan, Save and Invest - as emphasized to achieving services including the US$25 yearly membership
financial freedom. Vela showcased Filipino folkdances like Tinikling and
contribution of OFWs regardless of visa status. Aray.
OWWA has been fostering the welfare of OFWs
The concept of Save first before spending highlighted and their families back home.
the first part of the program to apply the easy formula ”Huwag ka nang malungkot… Sulyap, Sulyap,
(Income-Savings=Consumption) on saving.” This is Chris Ariola, a visiting participant, mentioned of the Sulyapinoy!” sang by Annabelle Lopez also known as
very ideal and I would like you to make use of this importance and the benefits of migrant workers “GoodHeart”. With SULYAP’ jingle launching, every-
and help the low savings rate of the Philippines which from FLP. “I’d like to learn more on savings and one couldn’t resist but dance as she belted out in
is at 19-23% of the GDP and considerably among the business possibilities to get kung ano ang maitutu- grooves with the reigning Bb. Kalinangang Pilipino
lowest compared with Malaysia, Singapore and Viet- long namin sa mga kasamahan lalo na pagbalik ko May Heducos and former SULYAP’ web administrator
nam,” Dayang added. sa Middle East,” he added. Christian “DJ Zack” Robles.

However, Vice-Consul Arnel Talisayon shared the The event highlighted the announcement of the poem
Filipino Groups Attend Gawad… writing contest winners. Out of 12 participating poets,
recent study survey results conducted by the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund on having the family of an OFW Prior to the ceremony, Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP, Michael Balba with poem entry SULYAP grabbed the
who eventually become dependent and doesn’t want FEWA spiritual adviser and SULYAP' editorial first place while Joel Tavarro with Lipad Sulyapinoy,
to work anymore. “With regard to FLP, its initial suc- consultant, celebrated a thanksgiving mass relevant Joan Romero with Nagsimula sa Wala, Ngayo’y Na-
cess will rely, also, on sharing the learned knowledge to the events theme: We've come this far by faith. kalayo Na, Rebeck Beltran with Sa Iyong Pagsilang
to our families in the Philippines,” Talisayon com- “With faith in God and with Filipinos' ingenuity- and Edgar Balista with Sulyapinoy pulled the second,
mented. creativity paired with resourcefulness-will produce third, fourth and fifth places respectively.
good results and the community is hoping that
On the other hand, Commercial Counselor Edgardo SULYAPINOY will become the instrument of SULYAPINOY Board Chairman Rebenson Recana
Garcia discussed on some business possibilities for change”, the priest shared. shared the continuous support from different Filipino
all OFWs. From franchising like on food, water supply, groups in the peninsula. "We’ve been challenged yet
budget hotels, laundry facilities, health services, cof- Former FEWA President Loreto Agustin led the enjoyed the experience during our first year, for many
fee shop and bakeshop to business opportunities in induction of the newly elected officers in behalf of have come to know and started trusting us with ex-
the countryside promoting the One-Town, One- the elected President Sofonias Paragsa who was ceptional dedication offered by the editorial staff. With
Product program thru municipalities and provincial taking a vacation in the Philippines. Amb. Cruz the nearing of our volume 2 series, we are pleased to
government like on bamboo, vegetable and coffee together with OWWA Welfare Officer Esperanza provide our valued readers with accuracy, accuracy,
industries, house wares and home decors, meat and Cobarrubias, Consul Juan Dayang Jr. and and accuracy as we also look forward to continued
fruit processing. “We encourage you to inform us of Philippine-Korean Cultural House Manager Eunha growth in 2009 and beyond," he added.

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