OFW & Philippine News
Panic on landing at Birmingham
Birmingham Airport, England. 2 planes abort landings at the last minute in 140mph cross-winds. Photograb from YouTube videos below
Passengers hoping to land at Birmingham during the storms that have been buffeting Britain and Northern Europe experienced the full horrror of the situation hated by all pilots landing planes, a high cross-wind.[More]
Gmail roll out feature to grab an email back
Gmail: Now there is a facility that may save those embarrassing errors in email sending a thing of the past
Google have long had an innovative email system that comes up with new features; now Gmail have released an App that may save a lot of relationships as well as careers. It is an "unsend email" feature.
We've all done it, sent an email and instantly realized it has gone off to the wrong person. Now there is a simple solution.[More & simple instructions]
British Cabinet Minister & Ambassador visit typhoon hit areas
British Minister Justine Greening and UK Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad on the tarmac at Cebu airport by an RAF cargo plane during a visit to see how the UK is helping those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID
Britain will give the Philippines the long term support it needs to get back on its feet after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced during a visit to some of the hardest-hit parts of the country.[More]
Dispatches: Four Years On, No Justice for Maguindanao Massacre Victims
The unearthing of the bodies of the massacre victims of the Ampatuan clan at the Maguindanao murder site four years ago - still the Philippine justice system is no nearer to giving justice for the victims and their families
By Carlos H. Conde
The threat was unambiguous. If Bong Andal testified against one of the Philippines' most powerful political families about their alleged involvement in the November 23, 2009 massacre on the southern island of Mindanao, his family would suffer. "They came again last month, showing our pictures to my relatives, letting them know that they're watching us," Andal told me by phone this week.
Article continues with many graphic photos:[More]
Statement of Philippine Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo in London
Enrique A Manalo, Philippine Ambassador to the UK has made a statement thanking the British people and government for their response to the devastating typhoon
STATEMENT OF H.E. ENRIQUE A. MANALO Philippine Ambassador to the UK
The officers and staff of the Embassy of the Philippines to the United Kingdom join me in expressing our deep gratitude to the Government and people of the United Kingdom and the Filipino and diplomatic/international community in the UK for their expressions of solidarity with the Filipino people in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan.
The immediate and generous response of Her Majesty's Government to the disaster, particularly its timely provision of assistance, personnel and assets to the affected people and areas, and its commitment to match, pound for pound, the first £5 million donated by the public to British charities, speaks eloquently of the long-standing friendship between our two countries.[Click for full statement]
UN launches $301 million appeal for typhoon-ravaged Philippines
A man carrying his children in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines, after Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) hit the province. Photo: UNICEF
The United Nations today appealed for nearly a third of a billion dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are labouring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and basic medicines.
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos launched the $301 million flash appeal from Manila, the capital, where she is surveying the damage by Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through nine regions in south-east Asia over the weekend.[More]
Typhoon Yolanda: British Gov't steps up aid effort - UK medics to assist Philippines relief effortThe British government is sending surgeons, doctors and A&E nurses to assist with recovery efforts of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines
The Department for International Development will deploy twelve emergency British medical staff, including surgeons, doctors and A&E nurses to assist with recovery efforts in the Philippines.
Announced earlier today by International Development Secretary Justine Greening, the initial medical and surgical team will be comprised of: 3 emergency physicians and other medical staff.[More]
UK humanitarian support for 500,000 affected by Philippines typhoon
British support for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) is now underway
In the wake of the disastrous typhoon that has hit the Philippines, aid agencies and governments are piling in with assistance to those affected.
The UK will provide urgent humanitarian support for up to 500,000 people in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.
The UK last night activated the UK's Rapid Response Facility.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Missing Persons Section
Central Philippines has been laid to waste by the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) with a massive loss of life; there will be many persons reported missing
As the whole world knows, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has devastated the central Philippines, with Leyte, Samar and other areas being badly affected with heavy loss of life.
As this will mean many people will be missing, Balita Pinoy has set up a special missing person section in addition to our normal service.[More]
Worst storm ever hits Central Philippines
Typhoon Haiyan: A sheet of corrugated iron floating in the wind as effortlessly as a leaf off a tree in Tacloban City
Details are coming in as the story of Super Typhoon Yolanda, known internationally as Haiyan, that has hit the central Philippines with winds of 200 mph.
If you have any photos, click the following link to send them in:
PAL blows into town after 15 years
The Philippine Airlines Boeing 777-300ER finally lands at London's Heathrow airport - the first PAL flight to do so in 15 years - PAL's London to Manila service will be non-stop
It was a proud moment for the Philippines this week when the maiden flight of Philippine Airlines' (PAL) direct services from Manila touched down at London's Heathrow International Airport.
PAL's landing was greeted with two water canons amid cheers from Heathrow authorities and Fil-British media who were specially invited to witness the event including PH Ambassador to the UK, Enrique Manalo.
On board the new, twin-engine Boeing 777-300ER were Mr Ramon Ang, President and Chief Operating Officer of PAL, British Ambassador to the Philippines...[More]
Sweetie, The Pinay Who Trapped 1,000 Perverts
Sweetie, the ten year old Filipina on the sex web cam who isn't all she seems
A thousand pedophiles around the globe have been identified and their details passed onto national police forces after they logged onto chat rooms and wanted to pay to see a 10 year old Pinay named Sweetie perform sex acts on line.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands, a Dutch child protection charity, raised the alarm about a largely unknown, but quickly spreading new form of child exploitation that has got to be a serious problem.[More]
Trailblazing On Youth Development: Provincial Consultations For Youth Development Index
Embarking on a new journey for youth development, the National Youth Commission in partnership with the Institute of Development and Econometric Analysis, Inc. and United Nations Population Fund, aims to come up with Philippine Youth Development Index (PYDI) that will serve as a tool in measuring youth development.
In order to create and complete a relevant PYDI, series of consultations are currently being undertaken in 9 provinces nationwide.[More]
PHILIPPINE FORECLOSED PROPERTIES: BDO Assets For Sale/Disposal
The Banco De Oro (BDO) have just released their latest list (from October 2013) of foreclosed properties in the Philippines as well as that of other matters for disposal.
- Properties in Metro Manila
- Properties in Luzon
- Properties In the Visayas & Mindanao
- Sub-Division properties of lots and house and lots
- Lease properties offered for rental
- Chattels, this is mainly industrial goods such as machinery for sale
Seven Filipinos Named UK Education Ambassadors
The British Embassy in Manila recently unveiled as UK Education Ambassadors seven Filipinos who studied in the United Kingdom and brought back their academic experience abroad to help their home country.
The UK Education Ambassadors are: Christopher Arnuco, Roberto de Ocampo OBE, Jose Luis Gascon, Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Jessica Hermosa, Karen Hipol and Ma Luz Vilches.
The seven have been chosen for their intelligence, vision and dedication to make a difference in their home country. The UK Education Ambassadors will help communicate and be role models.[More]
The Bohol Earthquake: One Family's Personal Experience
A normal family day out at Tagbiliran City Port pier, maybe buy some fish, enjoy a quiet Sunday; look closely and at the photos below and all is not what it seems. All these photos taken morning of 20th October 2013. Photo credit: Edward Cocozza
Through suffering, through calamity, through seismic shifts in our routines, lifestyles and thoughts we bring about significant change, and how better to begin the most momentous fortnight of my life with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
Author Edward Cocozza
One family's experience of the Bohol earthquake, with photos taken Sunday morning at Tagbiliran's pier.[More]
Bohol Earthquake: Damaged Bridges & Roads Hampering Relief Workers
Cebu - Medical workers attend to a boy injured in the 7.2 magnitude quake in the Philippines on 16 October 2013. Close to 3 million people were affected in Cebu and Bohol provinces © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
Impassable roads hamper Philippines quake rescue efforts
CEBU, (IRIN) - Rescuers are struggling to reach those affected by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the central Philippine Visayas region. At least 100 people have been killed and nearly 300 injured, say officials.
"We are trying to reach the affected areas, but it's very difficult. The entire island province of Bohol is without electricity, while telecommunications are spotty," Gwendolyn Pang, secretary-general of thePhilippine Red Cross, told IRIN. "Roads are not passable while at least 10...10 bridges on Bohol have also been damaged."
UK's National Theatre Brings Macbeth To Manila
Kenneth Branagh stars in Shakespeare's Scottish Play to be screened on 22 October in Manila
The world renowned National Theatre from the UK is being broadcast in Manila as a part of UK-Philippines Friendship Week in October.
National Theatre Live and SM Aura Premier Cinema will be holding a special screening of William Shakespeare's play, Macbeth on 22 October, 7:00PM at the SM Aura Premier Cinema 2.
This groundbreaking concept brings to SM Aura Premier's state-of-the-art cinemas the National Theatre Live's stage production of Macbeth.[More]
Fine Art Photography Meets Raw Emotion At British Photographer Justin James Wright's Exhibition
One of Justin Wright's atmospheric images of a Manila market stall
British photographer Justin James Wright will hold a fine art photographic exhibition at the ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum this month.
Resilience: The Isla Pulo Community runs from 17 October to 3 November 2013. Through a series of poignant, fine art photographs, the exhibit takes you into the heart of the people of Isla Pulo - an impoverished community of roughly 1,000 people - on the shores of Manila Bay.[More]
Dubai Ports World To Be Hit By Strikes
Unions stage action day to put pressure on DPW to resolve problems
ITF-affiliated dockers' unions will be staging actions on Monday 7 October 2013 as part of a global day of action designed to put pressure on DPW (Dubai Ports World) to listen to its workers and engage with unions.
The day is the latest move in an ongoing campaign to highlight the need for DPW to engage with unions worldwide over trade union rights and representation.[More]
Events To Commemorate Philippine-UK Friendship Week
In celebration of the Philippine-UK Friendship week, the Philippine Embassy has partnered with the Filipino Camera Club of the UK in hosting a series of events highlighting the occasion:
1. A series of free photo-workshops (for beginners, novices, amateurs) covering the foundations, theories, tips, techniques of photography, on 12 and 19 October (2 Saturdays), from 10:00 - 16:00 at the Philippine Embassy building number 10 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HG. Due to the limited available seats, please register for the event by...[More]
Small Businesses Warned About Importance Of Encryption, After London Sole Trader Fined £5,000
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned small businesses that they must make sure they have adequate measures in place to keep customers' details secure, after a sole trader was fined £5,000.
Jala Transport Ltd, a Wembley-based loans company, received the penalty after the loss of a hard drive containing financial details relating to all of the sole proprietor's approximately 250 customers.
The hard drive was lost after it was stolen from the business owner's car while it was stationary at a set of traffic lights.[More]
Immigration Advisor Check Service
Lincoln Prison, where some convicted immigration fraudsters may end up if convicted; however, by that time victims will have lost money. Get a check made to see if the person or company you are dealing with is legitimate before you hand over your hard earned money. Photo credit: Matthew Smith
Stop before you get cheated over a fake visa or work permit
Over the years Balita Pinoy has investigated several rogue immigration advisors who have ripped off unsuspecting victims of thousands of pounds, dollars and pesos in fake visa/work permit advice scams.
We have heard from literally hundreds of victims, Filipinos as well as other nationalities, whose lives have been damaged after paying these crooks only to get no visas or work permits, and in a lot of cases have been deported as they have been deemed illegal by the authorities.
To try and counter this Balita Pinoy has decided to offer an Immigration Advisor Check Service to readers to try and stop them getting ripped off by these illegal immigration fraudsters.[More & simple form to check]
Transport Union In Bid To Control Container Weights
ITF: ‘The struggle for container weights safety continues'
The ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) today pledged to continue the struggle for container weight safety after what it described as a missed opportunity to reduce the risk of harm to transport workers and members of the public.
The organisation was speaking out following a decision by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) sub-committee on dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers to accept an alternative mode of verification to the mandatory weighing of packed shipping containers.[More]
Philippine Coconut Products Launched In London
Tiana coconut oil is just one of the new products getting a promotional boost as a major British high street chain, Holland & Barrett, are stocking a range of Philippine coconut goods
One of the largest importers and manufacturers of coconut products sourced from the Philippines introduced a wide new range of organic and fair trade product lines at a British retail giant's flagship store in central London recently.[More]
Philippines' Biggest Financial Scandal Unfolds With Senior Politician's Indicted
Pork Barrel Scam Results In Alleged Plunder Raps
Enrile, Estrada & Revilla among many senators and congressmen and others accused of pocketing hundreds of millions from Janet Lim Napoles in the 10 Billion peso fraud
Juan Ponce Enrile, the great survivor of Philippine politics, is reported to have been booked into the Makati Medical Center as the biggest financial ever scandal erupts over pork fraudulent barrel allocations. Enrile is accused of taking PhP 173-M
This was all started when Benhur Luy, an employee and relative of Napoles, was rescued after being kidnapped by her by NBI agents from Reynald Lim at Napoles' residence in Taguig City.
Benhur was apparently being held by Napoles in order to prevent him from coming out and exposing what he knew about the PDAF Scam operation being conducted by Napoles through the JLN Group of companies and fake NGOs.[More, all the names & full indictment]
Zambo Battle Enters Its Sixth Day
Evacuations ordered as Mindanao fighting continues
ZAMBOANGA, (IRIN) - Authorities in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga under siege from rogue Muslim rebels opposed to peace talks have ordered the "forced evacuation" of thousands of villagers as negotiations to end the standoff falter.
President Benigno Aquino flew to Zamboanga city on the southern island of Mindanao to personally assess the situation
Macaraeg & Canal Trial HaltedThe trial of Ressie Reyes Macaraeg & Gladys Canal has ended with the jury being discharged
Gladys Canal and Ressie Reyes Macaraeg were released from their trial after legal submissions
It can now be reported that the trial for fraud and theft of Ressie Reyes Macaraeg and Gladys Canal has been abandoned with the jury being discharged[More]
Advice For British Nationals In Manila Regarding UK Elections 2013
Information on how to participate in the upcoming elections scheduled to take place in the UK.
British nationals residing in Manila and the Philippines are encouraged to participate and to keep up to date with the upcoming elections and referendums scheduled to take place in the UK.[More]
Solving Pinay's Murder In London Helped By Flies
How the brutal murder of a Filipina careworker in London in 2009 was solved by Scotland Yard's "Bug Scientists"
Real Life CSI's helped convict murderer by analysis of blow-fly eggs
Leah Questin a care worker who left the Philippines in 2008 to work in London and was brutally murdered a year later - photo courtesy of the MPS
The following is how the [London] Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), popularly known as Scotland Yard, solved the brutal murder of a Filipino careworker in London.
It details how besides the identification of her body, tracking down of her last movements by her electronic Oyster Travel Card and the use by the murderer of her ATM card, forensic evidence in the form of the study of flies and their maggots proved crucial in securing the arrest and subsequent conviction of her killer.
The family of Leah Questin have given their permission for this case study to be used. They hope that forensic entomology and the further research into it will help law enforcement agencies solve more crimes.
Leah's family are understandably still in pain and are still mourning their loss, they asked that this case study is dealt with the upmost sensitivity.[Details with forensic photographs]
Manila Closes For Business
The Araneta River in Quezon City, formerly known as Araneta Avenue - one of the many photos posted on Twitter & Facebook
Manila is at a high level of alert after the latest storm, Maring, virtually shuts down Central Luzon.
Malacanang has closed all courts, schools and government offices not involved involved in relief efforts.
The British Embassy in Manila has said it is open but not operating normally as staff haven't been able to get to work.[More]
Maritime Labour Convention Finally Comes Into ForceFilipino seafarers finally get protection rights
ITF gives warm welcome to MLC 2006
As the Maritme Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) comes into the force the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) has promised to dedicate all its resources to helping it make real changes to the lives of all seafarers.
The ITF recognises the MLC as the first ever true bill of rights for those working at sea, and its president today described its going live as "a significant leap forward".
The ITF has worked alongside shipping organisations, the ILO and governments for over a decade to jointly create and shape the MLC, and is committed to monitoring and assisting its implementation and persuading many more countries to ratify it.[More]
Chinese Money Lenders Preyed On Pinay Gamblers In London's West End
Woolwich Crown Court in south London saw two illegal loan sharks sentenced; they targeted Filipinas gambling in London casinos
A married couple who operated as loan sharks at casino's in Westminster, have been sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for two years along with 200 hours of unpaid work following a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court today.
Winnie Mui Lay aged 47 originally from Vietnam and her husband Chee Sang Chooi aged 48 from Malaysia, of Gulliver Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of illegal money lending and one count of money laundering.
They were arrested and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Southwark and City of Westminster Borough Council's.
Fort Bonifacio Row Develops Into A Battle Royal Between Taguig & Makati
Philippine political family rows are normally pretty simple affairs. One oligarchic family doesn't like another oligarchic family and tries to damage the other one, simple.
Take the Marcos and Aquino battles. Very simple, one family didn't like the other and so a very simple battle ensued.
Except it was not that simple when added into the equation was the name Danding Cojuangco who is related to the Aquino family, but allied to Ferdinand Marcos.
However, the battle royal that has erupted very publicly between Taguig and Makati cities over the lucrative tax revenues of Fort Bonifacio takes an oligarchy row to a new dimension.[More]
MILF Get A Good Friday Agreement With Money To Achieve Peace In MIndanao
The Good Friday Agreement brokered between the British & Irish governments brought peace to Northern Ireland after three decades of conflict; now a similar agreement has been signed between Manila and the MORO's with the addition of money on the table
Originally published by Integrated Regional Information Networks
The Philippine government and Muslim rebels in Mindanao are inching forward in peace negotiations aimed at ending a long-running insurgency, but the toughest negotiations are likely to centre on how to disarm thousands of insurgents, officials and analysts say.
After months of stagnating peace talks, both sides agreed on a wealth-sharing deal in July that will give the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) powers of taxation, as well as a "profitable" share of mineral deposits by 2016 in a proposed autonomous region MILF would govern.[More]
The Spy Who Came Into The Unknown: MI5's Baffling Job Offer
The job that cannot be described, the building that cannot be identified and the spies who cannot be named, Kafkaesque situation prevails among Britain's spooks
Britain's domestic spying agency MI5 has come in for a lot of derision and criticism in the past few days for a job advert which seemingly makes no sense.
MI5 uploaded a vacancy on its website for a health and safety officer at £60,000 a year with a few conditions,..., the main one being that the applicant would not know what he or she is really doing.[More]
British Fund Philippine Ombudsman Reforms & Improvements
The UK Government is providing funding for RASCALD to intensively train Ombudsman lawyers on the areas of case analysis and legal draftsmanship, and publish an Ombudsman Stylebook which will serve as a desk reference for graft investigation and prosecution officers. Shown are Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Chargé d'Affaires Trevor Lewis exchanging copies of the agreement
Around 280 Ombudsman lawyers will undergo enhancement classes in seven batches from August 2013 to February 2014 to improve their skills in deciding cases and drafting action papers.
The Office of the Ombudsman and the British Embassy Manila recently launched the Rapid Assessment and Seminar on Case Analysis and Legal Draftsmanship (RASCALD) Initiative.[More]
Fun Run Honors For Pinoy Paralympians
Nine Filipino Paralympians were honoured during the launching of a fun run that coincides with the celebration of the first anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its legacy.[More]
Brits & Irish To Get 30 Days Visa Free Stays In Philippines
Manila sights montage was created by Miguel Raul
Beginning 01 August 2013, nationals from 151 countries - including the UK and Ireland - with visa-free privilege can stay in the Philippines for up to 30 days from the previous period of 21 days.
The initiative is designed to make tourism to the Philippines easier for more people.[More]
AIDS Cases To Soar In The Philippines"Tipping point" reached after rise in Philippines HIV/AIDS cases?
Less than 1 percent of people in the Philippines have been tested for HIV. UN Photo/Louise Gubb
Consistent increases in HIV infections in the Philippines cannot be reversed without appropriate interventions, say health experts, following the recent release of the country's highest monthly infection rate recorded thus far.[More]
Ireland's Tolerance To Immigrants Strained With The Financial Crash
Irish attitudes to immigrants become more negative
Until the 1970's, Ireland had been a country that always exported labor. This changed at the end of the 70's and beginning of the 80's as Ireland became more wealthy, and started to attract immigrants.
With the credit crunch in 2009, things are changing, Irish young are starting to leave Ireland in droves as unemployment has risen sharply, and in consequence, the previously tolerant attitude to immigrants is changing.[More]
Irish Immigration News: Improvements To Facilities At Burgh Quay Offices
The National Immigration Centre at Burgh Quay in Dublin (map below)
Improvement to Customer Facilities at Burgh Quay Offices
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service is working to improve facilities for customers who visit its Burgh Quay Offices. A new reception facility is being created which will be dedicated to visitors and customers.[More]
UKBA News On TB Tests, ELT's, Tier 4 Interviews, Changes To Immigration Rules & Sponsorship
TB testing is now compulsory for visa applicants to Britain from certain countries, including the Philippines
Pre-entry tuberculosis testing in the Philippines
Tuberculosis testing for UK visas in Indonesia
Re-tendering exercise opens for secure English language test providers
Tuberculosis testing for settlement visa applicants in China
Tuberculosis testing for UK visas in Hong Kong & Macau[More]
Asian American Groups Dismayed By Supreme Court Decision To Gut The Voting Rights Act
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC (Advancing Justice-AAJC) (formerly known as Asian American Justice Center) criticize the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Section 4, the coverage mechanism of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA),...[More]
Filipino Events In The UK June 2013 Onwards
The following is a list of Filipino events in the UK and advisories issued by the Philippine embassy in London.
This is a big section, with a lot of notices of interest to Filipinos in the UK and Northern Ireland, including lists of fiestas in the coming weeks.
IMPORTANT - News re Barrio Fiesta in Hounslow[More]
Cambridge Pinay Loan Shark Trial, One Guilty, One Freed
Filipina nurse exposed over violent threats to victims
Told victims to use funeral money to repay illegal loans and promised to rub one victim's face in the concrete
Judge Gareth Hawkesworth at Cambridge Crown Court said Mallari was causing fear and anxiety to victim's families
Narcita Mallari, of Arran Close in Cherry Hinton pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal money lending just before she was due to stand trial. She was investigated and prosecuted by the England Illegal Money Lending Team working in partnership with Cambridge County Council.[More]
Young Pinay Promoted To US Army Company Commander
Captain Susan Barroga Lindsey
Captain B. Lindsey will assume the post as the Company Commander of Intelligence & Sustainment for the US Army 25th Infantry Division. She took on the position in a Change of Command Ceremony on June 6, 2013 at General's Field, Honolulu, Hawaii.[More]
Jail For Filipino In British Illegal Jobs Racket
Fernando Salcedo, a Pinoy career criminal in northern England, gets jailed over massive illegal immigration & jobs racket
A Filipino gang leader based in the north east of England who used security firms as a front for money laundering and illegal working has been jailed for 30 months in Newcastle Crown Court.[More]
Balikbayan Boxes: PSB's Latest List Of Banned Companies
Balikbayan Boxes: The DTI's PSB are getting much more active in checking on the credentials and performance of cargo companies servicing OFW's
The Philippine Shipper's Bureau (PSB), a sub-section of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) in Manila has issued its latest advisory to Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFW'S) and their consignees in the Philippines not to do business with the attached lists of unaccredited freight forwarding companies and Philippine Counterparts/ Agents of foreign principals/cargo consolidators.[More & Full Lists]
Beware When Buying A Used Auto
"Clocking" as it is known in Britain, Ireland and elsewhere is also known as Odometer fraud and costs customers thousands when the readings are turned back
- The average value of a hatchback rises by 42% once it has been clocked - with popular vehicles such as the VW Golf rising by as much as 47%*
- 4x4s values rise by an average of 30% - with prestige models such as the Land Rover Discovery rising by 37%*
- Popular sports models have car fraudsters use ‘clocking' - illegitimately adjusting a vehicle's mileage - to make a swift profit from unsuspecting buyers, including dealers and their customers. Average of nearly 40% added to their value - examples include the Alfa Romeo Spider Convertible which can rise by over 46%*
- People carriers rise by an average 50% in value after they have been clocked - with the value of a VW Sharan rising by nearly 60%*
Dolphin Care Looking For Nurses, Care Workers & Other Health Care ProfessionalsLondon based care company urgently need health care workers to cover NHS contracts
Dolphin Care are urgently seeking nurses, carers and other health care professionals for NHS contracts in London and the South East.
At present, we are working with clients who are amongst the leading NHS hospitals in Essex and London. We have a variety of RGN jobs available and we are keen to hear from nurses who are available to start work immediately.[More]
OFW's - Share Your Story & Photos
This is your opportunity to share your stories, pictures and even videos with other OFW's.
There are over 10 million OFW's around the world, that is a lot of stories, and a lot of people would like to read the stories and see the pictures.[More & Details]
Work & Study In Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, the Pearl of Canada's Pacific Coast is a great place to live, study and work in - now the Vancouver Institute of Professional Management can help Filipinos get there
More than half of people around the world say they would abandon their homelands and emigrate to Canada if they could. 53 per cent of adults in the world's 24 leading economies said they would emigrate to Canada, a survey by the Historica-Dominion Institute concluded recently.[More]
Party-List Alagad Targets OFW's In Forthcoming Election"A True Advocate For The Urban Poor And Global Filipinos"
Alagad, Ang Boses ng Maralita sa Kongreso, is reaching out to the electorate to continue its program to implement and document "good practices" in poverty alleviation; participatory, transparent and accountable governance; and inclusive and sustainable urban development.
Dodgie Osabel, Alagad's President-Founder, says: "Global Filipinos are the economic heroes who have kept the country afloat but the system has marginalized them out of the mainstream. They are a potent force for constructive change in national and local governance."[More]
ILO & EU To Conduct A Nursing Survey In The UK
The International Labour Organization (ILO), with funding support from the European Union (EU), is to implement a programme called "Promoting Decent Work Across Borders: A Project for Migrant Health Professionals and Skilled Workers."[More & Link To Survey]
UKBA NEWS: Important Changes To The Restricted Certificates Of Sponsorship (RCoS) Application Process From 6 March 2013
The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) have just announced they are making very important changes to the codes of practice for skilled employers. This includes updating the list of skilled occupations to reflect the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 2010 system.
This transition means that they are adjusting the arrangements for restricted certificates of sponsorship (RCoS) in March, April and May 2013.
New ITF app releases to aid seafarers and charterers
The ITF is launching a new generation of free apps, including one to help seafarers and charterers[More]
Rating Agency Downgrades UK Care Home Bond To Junk Status
Southern Cross' corpse leaves the grave and starts biting successor HC-One - major employer of Filipino care workers
Titan bondholders could be headed for a freezing cold bath while outlook for British care home operators looks decidedly bleak
An innocuous looking report into a multi-million pound bond issued in Ireland 6 years ago points the way to a major crisis in Britain's care home industry
The financial report is from credit agency Fitch which has downgraded the bond issued by Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) Ltd to that of junk bond status, Moody's, another credit agency has issued a similar warning downgrading it as "speculative".
This bond totals a mouth watering £638 million is due to mature in 2017, and had stopped interest payments already when still linked to the now departed calamitous Southern Cross Healthcare care home operator (SCH). The bonds were issued on behalf of Nursing Home Properties (NHP) which was part of SCH, but then became one of SCH's largest landlords in a controversial finance deal and is now morphed into HC-One care homes group as a wholly owned subsidiary of NHP. HC-One is currently the UK's third largest care home group.[More]
Filipina Loan Shark Escapes Jail In Cambridge Court
Norberta Pineda was sentenced to 250 hours community service over loan shark charges
A woman from Cambridge has been sentenced to community service after judge says she was a reasonable woman in spite of the conviction for illegal money lending.[More]
Filipina In Cambridge Pleads Guilty To Loan Sharking
A woman from Cambridge has pleaded guilty to three counts of illegal money lending, following an earlier hearing at Cambridge Crown Court.
Norberta Pineda, 52 of Coldhams Lane by Cambridge airport, was arrested in July last year, after the England Illegal Money Lending Team executed a warrant at her home seizing documentary evidence, including signed cheques from borrowers which would be cashed if they did not pay on time.[More]
TNT in La Union: Sacked, Struck-off and Wanted
Paul Ryan Laminoza who is now a wanted man for illegal recruitment
A Filipino nurse who was sacked from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and subsequently struck off the British nursing register is now on the run the Philippines with an arrest warrant out for him after he perpetuated a PhP1.7 million illegal recruitment scam on 29 nurses.
Paul Ryan Laminoza who was first registered as a nurse in the UK in 2002 ripped off the nurses, mostly from San Fernando, La Union of 60,000 pesos each for false nursing jobs in a Singapore hospital.[More]
OFW Complaints Service
Balita Pinoy has set up a universal complaints service for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's).
This is so OFW's can have a central point to air problems they may have with Embassies, Consulates and companies offering services for OFW's such as cargo, money remittance, employment & migration services as well as travel companies.
The form (below) is simple to complete, just fill it in with the details and we will look into the matter.[More]
Davao Del Norte Press & Radio-TV club statement on the killing of Bukidnon broadcaster Joash Dignos
Joash Dignos who was murdered by four killers in Bukidnon (YouTube screen grab)
The Davao del Norte Press & Radio-TV Club strongly condemns the brutal killing of radio broadcaster Joash Dignos, who had a blocktime radio program "Bombardeo" in DXGT Radyo Abante 92.1 FM in Maramag, Bukidnon.
The manner on how the radio commentator was killed by four still unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects and the many number of bullets pumped at his body speak that the assassins were out and determined to assuredly finish off the journalist.[More]
Tacloban's Typhoon Radio Station
Life-saving radio begins broadcasting in typhoon-hit Tacloban
(IRIN) - As distraught families in central and eastern Philippines struggle to access supplies in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, an emergency radio station broadcasting critical life-saving information has gone live in badly-affected Tacloban city.
"[The station] aims to be the voice from the government and the relief community to the affected [people] and also to provide two-way communication [with] the community," Mike Adams, the international coordinator for First Response Radio (FRR), an international non-profit network of radio technicians who have had a team on standby in the Philippines since 2007 and are a partner of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) network, told IRIN.
Healthcare Training Academy Duo Sentenced
Owners of Healthcare Training Academy (HTA) were sentenced today at Worcester Crown Court
A screenshot of the Healthcare Training Academy's website which defrauded many Filipino NVQ students as well as staffers
The owners of the rip-off NVQ training college in Kidderminster in Worcestershire were today sentenced by a judge after the trial where they were found guilty of fraud offenses relating to duping Filipino students.
Michael Grice who is 67 and his wife Carol Grice, 57, had previously been convicted on three counts of fraudulent trading relating to the Healthcare Training Academy (HTA) and a linked company, Transnational Services GB, operating in the English town of Kidderminster in Worcestershire last month.[More]
Special London Mass in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
The Philippine Embassy invites all Filipinos in the United Kingdom to join us in this solemn occasion, in unity with our fellow Filipinos back home.
Following are details (flyer below) of the special Mass organized by the Philippine Embassy and the Filipino Communities in London:
- Date: 16 November 2013, Saturday
- Time: 4:00 pm
- Venue: Holy Redeemer Church 20 Brixton Road, London SW9 6BU
Mga Kababayan, let us gather at the Holy Redeemer Church on Saturday, 16 November, to express our sympathy.[More]
Yolanda/Haiyan: Casualty lists declared so far
The Philippine governement have released an initial list of casualty figures they have at the moment (13 Nov 2013).
This list is of those who are dead, injured and missing.
Many of the dead are unidentified. Strangely, a few are listed as having died of frostbite, this must be a typographical error or probably means hypothermia.
These lists are obviously incomplete as the situation on the ground is still chaotic, and updated lists will be placed in Balita Pinoy as they become made available over the coming days.[More]
Typhoon Yolanda: Important information regarding donations, assistance & missing persons
Tacloban City airport after the typhoon struck. Photo credit: IRIN
Information released by Philippine Embassy in London
Donations for Yolanda/Haiyan-affected Areas in the Philippines
Statement on Foreign Offers of Assistance to Relief and Rehabilitation Efforts in "Yolanda" - Hit Provinces
Missing Persons Finder
Typhoon Yolanda: Britain sends in Navy & RAF
Britain will send a Royal Navy warship and RAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft to help people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in a £10 million aid operation
Britain will deploy a Royal Navy warship and RAF military transport aircraft to help people devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, Prime Minister David Cameron announced tonight.
HMS Daring and her crew will provide humanitarian assistance, helicopter lift from one on-board Lynx and engineering and first-aid expertise. The Type 45 destroyer also carries equipment to make drinking water from seawater.[More]
Laguna trial court has lifted warrant of arrest against Greenpeace campaigners
Quezon City, Philippines - The bench warrant issued against three Greenpeace campaigners for allegedly failing to attend a court hearing in connection with a decontamination action on a Bt talong field trial has been lifted following the November 6, 2013 appearance of the three Greenpeace staff accused of a malicious mischief case before the Laguna Municipal Trial Court.
Tyhoon Yolanda: British Gov't Disaster Aid Team Lands In Manila
UK offers support to Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda
Emergency number issued for British affected by the disaster
Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire says a relief assessment team has arrived in Philippines to co-ordinate aid
FCO Minister of State Hugo Swire sends condolences to those affected by Typhoon Yolanda and offers support to the Government of the Philippines.
With the super typhoon death toll at 1,200 and expected to rise, along with the extensive damage caused, the British Foreign Office has sprung into action with the Department for International Development (DFID) having already had a team on its way to the Philippines, seemingly almost as initial reports were coming in of the scale of the typhoon's devastation.[More]
Super Typhoon Yolanda: Now to count the cost
British Ambassador promises assistance
(IRIN) - Aid agencies are bracing for the worst after Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in the early hours of 8 November, triggering landslides, heavy flooding and affecting tens of millions of people.
"We are working closely in support of government and local authorities to assess the life-saving needs of the people affected by this typhoon," said Julie Hall, acting resident and humanitarian coordinator in the Philippines.
Cool House For Less Than $30,000
Canadian architectural design team come up with innovative home solution
Pinay jointly heads revolutionary team
The NOMAD micro house with design team leaders Ian and Joel Kent
A Vancouver based architectural design team have pushed the limits with affordable housing in designing a 10' x 10' micro-house costing $US25,000.
NOMAD micro homes from British Columbia is headed by husband, Canadian Ian Kent, and wife, Filipina Joel Alvaro Kent, who lead a small team which is now in the process of promoting and raising additional funds.[More]
Important Information For Money Remitters In The USA
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MAMIMILI PANANALAPI PROTEKSYON KAWANIHAN PAGLUNSAD EDUKASYON KAMPANYA TUNGKOL SA BAGONG INTERNASIYONAL PERANG PAGLILIPAT PROTEKSYON
CFPB Launches Education Campaign About New International Money Transfer Protections
Multilingual Multimedia Kampanya ay tumutuon sa Aninaw at Bagong mga proteksyon
WASHINGTON, DC- Ang Mamimili Pananalapi Proteksyon Kawanihan (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) (CFPB) ay naglulunsad sa buong bansa ng kampanya sa multimedia upang ipaalam sa mga mamimili na nagpapadala ng perang pangdaigdigan tungkol sa bagong mga proteksyon na epektibo ngayong araw. Ang mga proteksyon ay nakapaloob sa isang panuntunan na tinatapos na mas maaga sa taong ito.[More]
Philippine Embassy In London Issues Toughest Warning Yet Over Rogue Immigration Advisors
Philippine Embassy warns Filipinos against suspicious "Immigration Consultants"
Officials in the Philippine Embassy in London are getting alarmed at the number of complaints coming into them about Filipinos cheating their countrymen over the issuance of visas, specifically those who state they have insiders at the UKBA.
The Embassy has received a number of complaints against certain individuals who allegedly defraud people of huge amounts of money by promising to obtain visas through "contacts" inside the UK Border Agency (UKBA).[More]
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Bohol Earthquake Leaves 150,000 Homeless
Loon, Bohol - A quake survivor cooks in the open in front of a mound that used to be the centuries old Our Lady of Light church following a 7.2 magnitude quake on 15 October, 2013 © Jason Gutierrez/IRIN
BOHOL, (IRIN) - As rescuers and aid workers struggle to reach central Philippine townships hit by a powerful quake, shell-shocked survivors await assistance in open air camps. The number of displaced is more than 150,000, according to the government.
In the worst-hit agricultural community of Loon town on Bohol Island, hundreds of families have built an improvised camp in front of a mountain of rubble that was once the Our Lady of Light Catholic Church, one of dozens of historic churches that no longer exist.
Greenpeace Wants Congress To Investigate GMO RegulationQuezon City, Philippines - Today on World Food Day, Greenpeace activists rallied at the House of Representatives, carrying banners reading "Investigate GMO Regulation" and "I want GMO-free foods". They urged Congress to investigate current government regulation concerning risk assessment, and to adopt biosafety procedures for genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
"The Philippines has now become the gateway for GMO contamination in Asia under our very noses: Congress should immediately investigate as this is crucial for the environment", explained Daniel Ocampo, Sustainable Agriculture and Genetic Engineering Campaigner.[More]
Healthcare Training Academy Trial Ends With Guilty Verdicts
A screenshot of the Healthcare Training Academy's website which defrauded many Filipino NVQ students as well as staffers
The husband and wife team who ran a crooked training company defrauding Filipino students have finally been convicted in an English court -
Michael Grice who is 67 and his wife Carol Grice, 57, were convicted on three counts of fraudulent trading relating to the Healthcare Training Academy and a linked company, Transnational Services GB, operating in the English town of Kidderminster in Worcestershire.[More]
Zamboanga Displaced Face Bleak Prospects
Children are watched over by their grandmothers in a small corner of an evacuation centre in Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City. More than 100,000 people have been displaced after fighting broke out and members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) © USAID-GEM/Sarah Matalam
MANILA/ZAMBOANGA, (IRIN) - The road to recovery for more than 100,000 displaced in Zamboanga will prove a long one, aid workers say, following a recent siege by Muslim rebels of the port city on the southern island of Mindanao."Rehabilitation will take a minimum of three months from now - that is the fastest," Philippine National Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang told IRIN. "But actually, it may reach six months to a year before we are able to fully rehabilitate those places and move them [the inhabitants] back." [More]
British Embassy And Partners Host Special Screening Of Critically-Acclaimed Film ‘Metro Manila'
The British Embassy Manila, British Council Philippines and its partners hosted on Friday a special screening of ‘Metro Manila', a film by Oscar-nominated British filmmaker Sean Ellis to celebrate British culture and creativity. (With film clip)
Mr Ellis' masterpiece won the Audience Award for World Cinema in this year's Sundance Film Festival. He has been previously nominated for an Oscar best short live action for "Cashback" in 2006 and for a BAFTA best short for "The Business Trip" in 2009.
Search For NCR's 5 Best Youth Organizations In 2013
Started in 2002, the Search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) has been the only recognition given to youth organizations to honor their imperative contributions to nation-building and development. The award also recognizes exceptional achievements of youth groups and encourages the replication of noteworthy and unconventional projects to solve basic problems in the communities.[More]
"This Is Great Britain" Festival To Start In Manila
The British Embassy in Manila is launching ‘This is Great Britain', a five-month festival celebrating all that is best about Great Britain and its partnership with the Philippines.
A series of events from film premiers, to screened performances from the highly acclaimed National Theatre, to trade shows, business networking, celebrations of food, encouraging entrepreneurs, fashion and education will culminate in a 3-day festival on Bonifacio High Street in March 2014.
The season of events will start in the week of 20 October.[More]
Balita Pinoy Starts An E-Petition Facility
Balita Pinoy' E-Petition facility will help you get your point across and may make a difference
Balita Pinoy has opened an E-Petition facility for users which is totally free of charge.
Although the USA and British governments have an E-Petition facility, there is not one operating for Filipinos.
A petition is a request to do something, most commonly addressed to a government official or public entity.[More]
Care Worker Shortage Threatens Demographic Time BombWorld Alzheimer Report 2013 reveals global Alzheimer's epidemic creating shortage of caregivers and highlights lack of support for family members
The Institute of Psychiatry, part of Kings College London
Number of dependent older adults to increase to 277 million by 2050; Half of all older people who need personal care have dementia.
A demographic time bomb is set to explode in the next few years as a shortage of care workers is likely to fail to cope with an increase in the number of older patients with dementia.[More]
Filipino Takeaway Worker To Be Deported
The Wok Box Chinese takeaway in Newcastle was raided and two staffers were arrested over immigration offences and are awaiting deportation
Pinoy working in Northern Irish Chinese takeaway arrested during UKBA raid
Two men have been arrested after United KIngdom Border Agency (UKBA) officers visited a Chinese takeaway in Newcastle, Co Down, to check the immigration status of the staff.[More]
First Global Summit For Filipino Nurses, 16 January 2014
With the theme Filipino Nurses World-Wide: Unite for Global Health and Nation-Building, the First Global Summit for Filipino Nurses will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines.
This historic event is being sponsored by five conveners: The Philippine Nurses Association of America (PNAA), The Philippine Nurses Association, Inc. (PNA), The Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing (ADPCN), Association of Nursing Administrators of the Philippines (ANSAP) and Commission of Filipinos Overseas (CFO).
EDSA's "Pork Barrel" Entrepreneurs Make A Living Legally Out Of Scandal
Public disgust with the pork barrel scandals is growing with T-Shirts and other items decrying the fraud openly on sale in Manila
The Pork Barrel revelations that have surfaced recently have added to the total disgust of the Phlippine population with the lawmakers and others who have been plundering the public purse.[More with photo slide show]
Govt's Primary Mission Is To Free Hostages In Zambo City
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas today stressed that the primary mission of government forces stationed in Zamboanga City is to secure the safe release of hostages who are being used as "human shields" of armed men believed to be rogue elements of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
"Malinaw ang pangunahing misyon ng pamahalaan ngayon: gawin ang lahat ng paraan para hikayatin ang armadong grupo ng MNLF na palayain ang lahat ng mga residenteng bihag nila at ginagawang ‘human shield' laban sa operasyon ng militar at pulis," Roxas said.[More]
UN Study Says Brothel Raids Harming Sex Workers
Laws and interventions aimed at reducing human trafficking by targeting commercial sex workers can, whatever their good intentions, actually endanger their health and result in human rights violations, experts say.[More]
Applications For Chevening Scholarships In The UK Now Open
Are you a future leader looking to study in the UK?
Applications for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships now open
Chevening House in Kent is the country retreat of British Foreign Secretaries from which the scholarships are named Photo Credit: Mathew Black
Applications for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships, the prestigious global scholarship programme of the UK government, opened on 1 September 2013.
The Scholarships, which are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, operate in 118 countries worldwide, and this year will support over 600 established or emerging leaders. Awards are typically for a one-year Master's degree, in any subject and at any of the UK's leading universities.[More & links to submit applications]
Central Luzon Disease Threats In Wake Of Massive FloodsFlooding prompts health concerns in Philippines
Children play in the water unaware of the dangers of diseases carried by water in the aftermath of super heavy rains
Philippine health officials have expressed concern over the risk of diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases following days of extensive flooding -...and at least 15 deaths - in the north of the country.[More]
Taguig-Makati Row Over Fort Bonifacio Escalates With Gun Threats
Fort Bonifacio: "It's ours" says Taguig City Council, "No, it's ours" says Makati City Council.
The Court of Appeal says it belongs to Makati while Taguig says it will appeal.
The simmering tension over the prime development site of Fort Bonifacio has exploded with Makati police threatening to draw their guns as team of Makati surveyors were "invited" to Taguig City Hall when they were discovered working in a disputed part of the lucrative area.
What is beyond argument is that Makati engineers were conducting a survey in Brgy. Southside, Palar Village when employees from Taguig Bantay Bayan approached the surveyors. The survey team were then placed in Taguig vehicles seemingly being taken to Taguig City Hall, when, after a call from one of the survey team, Makati police turned up.
Philippine Embassy October Outreach In Dublin
The Philippine Embassy in London has announced that it will hold a Consular Outreach Mission in Dublin, Ireland at the Ground Floor of The Guild Building, Ardee Street corner Cork Street, Dublin 8 on 26 - 27 October 2013.
The Mission is intended to exclusively provide only the following services:
E-PASSPORT APPLICATIONS (by booking with the Embassy from 14 - 31 August 2013 - please see attached Passport Service Request Form)
CIVIL REGISTRATION (Report of Birth and Report of Marriage) needed for e-Passport application
Philippine DTI News Regarding Balikbayan Box Companies
DTI/PSB: only deal with accredited freight forwarders to send cargoes/packages
Information & warnings plus links to lists of accredited and banned cargo/freight companies
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Philippine Shippers Bureau (PSB) advises the consumers, businesses and particularly the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's) to transact only with freight forwarders accredited with the Philippine Shippers' Bureau (PSB) to avoid trouble in transporting their cargoes/packages, especially balikbayan boxes.
"Accredited freight forwarders can be trusted because they follow government standards that guarantee their capability to provide reliable service to their clients," DTI Undersecretary for Consumer Welfare and Business Regulation Group (CWBRG) Zenaida Cuison-Maglaya emphasized.
"They also observe a code of ethics in doing business, and have an insurance coverage in case of accidents and non-delivery," Undersecretary Maglaya adds.
- What is the typical transport flow of balikbayan boxes?
- What is the problem/ issue on the delivery of balikbayan boxes?
- What office/ agency addresses the said problem/ issue?
- What are the approaches to the issue of undelivered balikbayan boxes?
- If the Philippine agent/freight forwarder holds delivery of balikbayan boxes because its foreign principal fails to remit the necessary funds therefore, what can DTI-PSB do to help the consignees?
- How does one file a complaint with DTI-PSB?
- What sanctions/penalties may DTI-PSB impose on freight forwarders violating PSB policies on balikbayan boxes?
- What are the common complaints received by DTI-PSB regarding balikbayan boxes?
- How much are the shipping rates of balikbayan boxes? How long is the transit time from origin to destination?
- Where are most balikbayan boxes coming from?
- What items that should not be sent through balikbayan boxes?
- What are the tips in shipping balikbayan boxes?
For more information on the latest lists of accredited freight forwarding companies and those companies with complaints against them as well as those banned see the links at the end of the article[More]
HSBC's Shock Bank Account Closure To Philippine Embassy
HSBC tell embassies: Close your bank accounts
Billions in lucrative government bond issue income at risk
The Philippine Embassy in London is among about 40 diplomatic missions in Britain who have been told by banking giant HSBC to move their accounts. It also seems that HSBC have told other Philippine missions around the world to move their accounts.
In doing so, HSBC risk losing very lucrative government treasury bond issues, along with the massive fees generated.
This comes in the wake of HSBC's massive recent fine in the USA over money laundering for drug dealers, specifically in Mexico.[More]
Canadian Gov't Staffers Strike Hitting Visa & Work Permit Aplications
Foreign Service Workers Strike Affects Canadian Immigration: Warns FWCanada
Since May this year, foreign service workers at Canadian embassies around the world have been on rotating strike to seek fairer wages, causing delays in processing visa applications. This strike not only harms the tourism and education industry, it also has a negative impact on immigration services, because those who need to travel to Canada for school or business now face longer processing times.[More]
Marcos Daughter Broadcast: Helena Skeggs/Pedroche Interview Damns Herself
The daughter Ferdinand Marcos never had is exposed by the BBC
Face The Facts "London Marcos Mystery" program exposes Filipina conwoman as a fraudster and liar
The revelations in the BBC program "Face the Facts" about the fake Marcos daughter have exposed her for the world to hear. Although only a half hour program (the broadcast itself is 26 minutes long), there was enough in there to show the lies and deception of Helena Skeggs/Marcos/Pedroche.[More]
Shipping Industry Finances Will Impact On Pinoy Seafarer's ProspectsGlobal Shipping Contends with Oversupply Problems
Stratfor is a geopolitical intelligence firm that provides strategic analysis and forecasting to individuals and organizations around the world and has analyzed trends in the global shipping industry which is re-published below including the major fact that container rates have fallen 30% in the last 5 years
The global shipping industry is oversupplied. Because supply far exceeds demand, shipping rates have plummeted, as have the prices of ships. Some shipping companies have sought to capitalize on this trend by purchasing newer, larger ships at lower prices so that they can remain price competitive. But unless demand rebounds by the time these ships become operational, the industry's oversupply problem will only worsen.[More with photos & video link]
OWWA Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP)
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) is now accepting applications for the Education for Development Scholarship Program (EDSP) for School Year 2013-2014.
The EDSP is a scholarship grant offered to qualified OFW beneficiaries/dependents who enrol in any 4-5 baccalaureate course. It shall be in the form of a financial assistance amounting to P30, 000 per semester.[More]
Park Royal College & St Patrick's College: Information For Students
Park Royal College & St Patrick's College - empty seats and more students with wasted money
Aston Brooke Solicitors has taken instructions from a large volume of Tier 4 students who were studying at Park Royal College which then merged with St Patricks College who are now being faced with "curtailment" of their leave which in effect means that the existing visas they were holding have been shortened.
Hundreds of shocked students received letters informing them that they had 60 days to make a further leave to remain application or face removal from the UK. The decision was taken after the UKBA revoked the Tier 4 sponsor licence for Park Royal College.[More]
UKBA News On Internal Changes, Tier 4 Visas, ELT's, Death & Adoptions in The Philippines
UK Border Agency's transition to Home Office
Removal of appeals for family visitors
Tier 4 Student online application pilot
Re-tendering exercise opens for secure English language test providers
A guide to deaths of British nationals in the Philippines
What to do if you are planning to adopt a child in the Philippines[More]
AALDEF Previews Findings From First-Ever Three-City Chinatown Land Use Study
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is releasing land use data on New York City's Chinatown, as a preview of its forthcoming three-city study of Chinatowns and surrounding areas in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia.
"We have assembled data on the make-up of small businesses and properties...[More]
Two Pinoys Arrested After Fishing Boat Owner Fails To Pay Bank
The MV Starward under arrest in North Shields, picture taken when the UKBA boarded the vessel arresting two Filipinos and two Indians. Picture courtesy of the UKBA
Two Filipinos are among four people who have been arrested, detained and are being processed for deportation out of the UK in a very unusual case.
All four were arrested Monday morning (24 June) at 6.30am after UKBA officers boarded a very small fishing vessel in a port in the north east of England. They were arrested whilst living on board the MV Starward, a fishing vessel owned by Northern Irishman Gerrard (Gerry) Lafferty.
Lafferty had operated it from the Northern Irish fishing port of Kilkeel. It was registered in the nearby port of Newry.
Between 12 and 18 months ago he ran for cover from Kilkeel and has been hiding ever since, until the Admiralty Marshall caught up with him and seized the vessel over a debt of over a quarter of a million pounds sterling.
Article continues with larger photo, court documents and maps[More]
Middle East Embassies Rocked Over "Sex-For-Fly" Prostitution Scandal
Major OFW sex scandal shakes DFA
Claims of distressed Pinays being forced into prostitution by embassy officials in 3 Middle East countries
Walden Bellow, Akbayan Representative and Chairman of the Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs who has revealed the "sex-for-fly" scandal
Philippine Overseas Labor Office (Polo) staff in Kuwait and Jordan and one Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) employee based in Syria are being ordered home in a major investigation into serious claims by Rep. Walden Bello, Chairman, Committee on Overseas Workers' Affairs.
Ambassdors "invited" back to Manila for "consultations".[More]
"Marcos Daughter" Cheated Swedish Investors Of £300,000 & Involved In Failed British Port Project
Helena Skeggs, Helena Marcos, Helena Pedroche or even Helena Smith-Campbell - take your choice. These are all names used by the woman who claims to be the adopted or illegitimate daughter of former Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos
Documents which have surfaced reveal Helena Skeggs, the London based Filipina who pretends to be Ferdinand Marcos' daughter and has duped scores of Filipinos of money in London, was involved in a fraud of over £300,000 in 2002
She was also instrumental in trying to fool investors in the Hayle Harbour multi-million pound port regeneration project in Cornwall that she could raise the finance they needed leaving it later to collapse
Stole paintings on display in a Leeds hotel
Duped staffers at the same hotel, as well as trying to get out of paying hotel bills
Pretended the Marcos family owned British sports car company Marcos Cars
Online Poll Now In Operation For Filipinos & OFW's
Balita Pinoy has now set up an online poll section
First poll is regarding the lack of diplomatic representation in Ireland
This is specifically for Filipinos and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's) to vote on an issue they consider either urgent, important or both.[More]
PhP35,000 For A Philippine Passport
The most expensive passports in the world, if you're a Pinoy in Ireland it will cost you €650 to renew a passport
Filipinos in the Republic of Ireland are now faced with having to pay around €650 (Euros) or PhP35,252 to renew their Philippine passports. This staggering cost is a result of the embassy in Dublin having closed in tandem with the introduction of the new ePassport.
14,000 Philippine nationals are now faced with having to travel to London to renew their passports, which includes having to get a visa at the British embassy in Dublin costing €100, and hope that they can get the business completed in one day.
This problem is a direct result of the lack of foresight and advance planning by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila.
UK Vacancies For Nurses & Health Visitors (Central, W & NW London)
Required for Ealing and Central and Northwest London Various ongoing positions for
Paediatric community nurses
Emergency Nurse Practitioners
We are also recruiting for Twilight Nurses and band 3 HCAs in the community (car drivers)
OFW Money Boosts PHL's International Credit Rating
Remittance money into the Philippines from the country's 10 million overseas workers has provided the bedrock for an improvement in PHL's credit ratings.
The rating agency Fitch has just released a report (republished in full) on the Philippines which essentially says it [the Philippines] has now moved into the investable grade of countries area and that OFW remittances are the main reason.[More]
Filipinos Expected To Leave Cyprus In "Eurogedden" Mass Exodus
20,000 Philippine expat workers in Mediterannean island will find jobs hard to keep in the island's financial meltdown
One of the results of an impending fiscal cash in Cyprus will be thousands of Pinoys desperately looking for new jobs in other countries.[More]
London Police Warning Over New Type Of Card Scam
Mohammed Dulu Miah (left) & his brother Shilu Miah (right) two of the fraudsters jailed for 10 years in the new type of card scam - details in main article
London's Metropolitan Police are starting a campaign aimed at warning and highlighting a new type of credit/bank card scam which has netted crooks at least £5 million in just over a year.
One person had £155,000 taken from their account through this type of scam known as "Courier Fraud".
Police are urging Londoners to avoid falling foul of ruthless fraudsters who use courier firms to help defraud victims of their life savings.[More]
UKBA NEWS: Guide For Skilled Workers
The United Kingdom Borders Agency (UKBA) have published a brief guide aimed at skilled workers and employers with, or hoping to get, visas for them to enter Britain.
This is in the week major changes have been announced to British immigration laws.[More]
Philippine Embassy London, Closures In March & April
The public is advised that, in observance of Philippine and UK holidays, the Philippine Embassy in London will be closed on the following weekdays of March and April 2013:[More]
Somali Pirates Arrested, With Luxembourg Joining Patrols
Suspected Somali pirates transferred into custody in the Seychelles
Dutch EU Naval Force frigate HNLMS De Ruyter transferred nine suspected pirates to the Seychelles authorities for prosecution. The transfers happened after te arrests by the Dutch, whohad in turn been alerted to the pirates' presence by a Spanish air patrol[Details with more photos]
PHL Ambassador Presents Credentials To The Irish President
The Philippine Ambassador to the UK & Republic of Ireland Enrique A. Manalo, left, presented his credentials to the Irish President Michael D. Higgins, while it was also officially announced that Mark Christopher Congdon, right, was installed as the new Honorary Consul in Dublin
A busy week in Philippine/Irish relations
Philippine Ambassador officially takes up as envoy to Ireland as he presents his credentials and New Honorary Consul also appointed as first outreach program is held[More]
UKBA Putting Up Prices For Visas & Immigration Applications
United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) hike visa & immigration application prices by around 3% - Full list of price rises in article
Today, Immigration Minister Mark Harper laid a written ministerial statement proposing fee increases for visa applications made overseas, and applications made in the UK.[More]
More Details On Embassy Outreach In Dublin
The Philippine Embassy in London has revealed further details reference their outreach in Dubln 1st & 2nd March.
UK TB Visa Checks In Force End Of February
Visa applicants to Britain will require a tuberculosis examination from the end of February - checks will cost PhP 3,200 for the certificate
The UK Border Agency has today announced the arrangements for the introduction of pre-entry tuberculosis (TB) screening in the Philippines.[More]
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