News Archives 2008

No To Pichay As OWWA Administrator!

Migrant NGOs and Trade union groups reject the appointment of Former Congressman Prospero Pichay as OWWA Administrator, Assert the Right to Participate in selecting the Next OWWA Chief
Jul 31, 2008

Cebu Provincial Board Adopts Resolution to Assail Return Directive Policy of EU

Oct 01, 2008   Philippines

A Survey on OWWA and Elements of a Legislative OWWA Proposal

For the entire month of July 2008, CMA, with support from FES and its partners and networks of OFWs, conducted a survey among OFWs in regard to their perception and knowledge of OWWA. The critical issues and elements of a legislative proposal on OWWA were discussed at the end of the report.
Dec 12, 2008

Global Campaign to Restructure OWWA

Greetings to our OFWs! Mainit na pagbati mula sa CMA! The Center for Migrant Advocacy is holding an outreach campaign to restructure OWWA in order to ensure that OWWA is best serving the needs of our OFWs, both on-site and returnees. For over a decade, OFWs have been campaigning for OWWA to restructure its organization. In 2003 OWWA unilaterally promulgated new Omnibus Policies. Since 2004 PMRW, other groups and the OFWs have been battling the OWWA Board in court, challenging the legal premise of the Omnibus Policies and trying to make OWWA serve the needs of our OFWs. Now, as the law suit waits for resolution by the Supreme Court, we are initiating this new campaign to draft a legislative proposal to replace the Omnibus Policies and to restructure the OWWA organization. OWWA is your organization – it was created for your protection, and holds a fund for your benefit! Therefore, your opinion on OWWA is very important in deciding what OWWA should be! Please take 10 minutes to take this survey, and help us to tell Congress what OFWs really need from OWWA! Thank you! ***************************************************************************************************************** Please email your answers to the attached document to
Jun 30, 2008   Philippines

COMELEC Resolution No. 8458

General Instructions for the Resumption of Continuing Registration/Certification of Qualified Overseas Absentee Voters for Purposes of the May 10, 2010 National Elections and Subsequent National Elections Therafter
May 28, 2008   Philippines

Comments on Amendatory Bills on Overseas Absentee Voting

The House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, jointly with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs had an initial deliberation on the proposed amendatory bills to the Overseas Absentee Voting Law, RA9189. Atty. Henry Rojas, CMA Legal Counsel shares his comments on the proposed bills. CMA supports HB 2046, specifically the proposal to repeal Section 5(d) on the requirement for Filipino immigrants and permanent residents to execute an affidavit of intent to return.
Feb 26, 2008   Philippines

Why MC No. 4 Will Not Work

CMA Legal Counsel Atty Henry S. Rojas explains why DOLE-POEA’s MC #4, Series of 2007 on guidelines on direct hiring of OFWs will not work.
Feb 12, 2008

CMA Letter to DOLE Secretary Brion on MC4

CMA writes to DOLE Secretary Brion who also serves as chair of the governing board of POEA expressing grave concerns on memorandum circular 4 on direct hires.
Feb 12, 2008

CMA launches the On-line Resource Center for Filipino Healthcare Professionals

In response to the controversial Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), CMA launches today a website for those who are interested to work in Japan as nurses/caregivers. the link is
Feb 06, 2008   Philippines

GCC Forum on Migrant Workers

On 21-22 January 2008, the Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment And Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin and Destination in Asia was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Ministerial meeting, the first meeting to be hosted by a receiving country, aimed to highlight the potential of contractual labour to benefit overseas workers as well as the development of countries of origin and destination in Asia.

Held back to back with the Ministerial meeting was the Forum on Contractual Labor in GCC Countries: Opportunities and Challenges which was organized by the UAE Ministry of Labor and the Council of Ministers of Labor and Social Affairs in GCC States, in collaboration with the IOM, ILO Sub-Regional Office for Arab States and the Arab Labor Organization on 23-24 January.

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) was invited to participate in the GCC Forum. MFA members who participated in the forum were: Dr. Chowdhury Abrar (RMMRU, Bangladesh), Rafeek Azeez (CIMS, India), Ellene Sana (CMA, Philippines) and William Gois (MFA Regional Coordinator).

The meetings came up with two documents, namely:
* Abu Dhabi Declaration of Asian Countries of Origin and Destination
* Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour Recommendations

Jan 29, 2008   United Arab Emirates