ATTY. DODO DULAY

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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 Traditional work models are becoming outdated.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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SINCE the amnesty program of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia began in March 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have brought home more than 8,000 illegal and overstaying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). A majority of these repatriated workers had overstayed their…

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ENDING contractualization has been the battle cry of labor groups in the Philippines. To this end, labor organizations have called on President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order “that will prohibit all forms of contractualization and guarantee the security of tenure of all workers.” According to them, any form…

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FILIPINOS are no strangers to labor migration. As far back as the Galleon Trade in the late 18th century when Filipino seafarers worked as deckhands, cooks and cabin boys on Spanish vessels traveling from Manila to Acapulco, our countrymen have always looked to working abroad as a means of improving…

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GOING about our daily chores, we are constantly reminded of how technology has permeated virtually every facet of our modern life. Unless you’re living under a rock, we will somehow make use of technology from the time we wake up until the time we go to bed. And if surveys…

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ONE of the more common “request for assistance” (RA) that the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) receives on a daily basis is a plea from a parent, sibling or relative to bring home (or repatriate) an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). Sometimes, it is our kabayan OFWs themselves, especially those working…

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