ATTY. DODO DULAY

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THE Philippines is one of the biggest suppliers of domestic workers around the world, along with Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India. The growth in the deployment of domestic workers has its roots in the 1970s when the Marcos government institutionalized the export of contract labor to boost an economy suffering…

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IN the Philippines, there is a popular department store where the salesladies adhere to a particular aesthetic—blue eye shadow, chalky face powder, pink lipstick, and polyester uniform and three-inch heels. Depending on the time of day, one will see a few of them standing on one leg and shifting uncomfortably.…

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TOP officials of Philippine Ecology System Corp. (Phileco)—the owner and operator of the garbage transfer facility at Pier 18 in Tondo, Manila—were meek as lamb after receiving a “sermon” from Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for dumping garbage into the Manila Bay from the company’s marine loading transfer station. I’m told…

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“THE bottom line is, I apply what is in the law.” This was one of several quotable quips delivered by EnvironmentSecretary Roy A. Cimatu during his confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments last week. Tomy mind, it’s a preview of how the agency will be managed by the former…

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EVERY Filipino who applies and leaves for an overseas job usually has on overarching motivation: to give his or her family and loved ones a better life. Most of our migrant workers are able to do so but only while they are gainfully employed overseas. Once their work abroad is…

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EVERYONE knows that the words “legal” and “trafficking” shouldn’t go together. These are two contradictory terms when taken literally. An oxymoron, as my former English teacher would call it. But I coined the term “legal trafficking” to best describe the phenomenon—which of late appears to be happening more frequently—of legal…

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THIS week, I will digress from my usual topics of labor and migrant workers’ issues, and instead delve into another subject that merited a lengthy discourse from President Rodrigo Duterte during his state of the nation address (SONA) last month. Sharing his viewpoint on the country’s natural resources, President Duterte…

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ASK any overseas Filipino worker (OFW) how they found their job and they will most probably tell you that they applied or were recruited by a so-called placement agency, more formally known as Philippine recruitment agencies (PRAs). These “agency-hired” workers are matched by PRAs with potential employers abroad looking for…

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IF you ask Filipinos why they want to work abroad, most, if not all, would say they would like to make more money so that they can provide a better life for their families in the Philippines. Clearly, our kababayan see overseas employment as a path to financial freedom. Yet,…

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THE rise of technology and the internet has transformed the traditional concept of work. Just as the Industrial Revolution turned industries on their head, today’s technology boom promises to disrupt the workplace. Traditional work models are becoming outdated. Work no longer needs to be associated with a place. The Internet…

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