They ran away from their evil employers and sought protection at the government’s shelters abroad, only to find out that Satan dwells at those safe havens, too.
Had it not been on Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello’s diclosure last week of the “sex for flight” scheme, the flesh trade business of some embassy and labor officials in the Middle East would still have been raking in money courtesy of those poor runaway female OFWs.
As Bello puts it, “ sexual abuse on our women perpetrated by their host in a foreign country is an awful crime already.”
“But there is something more awful and that is the exploitation by their own compatriots in that strange land,” he said.
He added, “and it is triply terrible when they are exploited by government officials that are supposed to protect them.”
These poor women thought they would be leaving behind their hellish experience when they left their employers’ homes as they move in to the government’s care.
Unfortunately, little did they know that their nightmares will continue as they are sold to male clients by their supposed protectors so as to raise for their own airfares in coming back home.
Secretaries Albert Del Rosario of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Rosalinda Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment should leave no stone unturned to unmask all those involved in such barbaric and heartless prostitution operations.
All those found guilty must be sent to the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa…with jellies and lotions in their hands for a smoother entry, or what i meant was , transition to prison life ( hehehe).
From dry and almost barren to fertile and bountiful land
When Irrigation Administrator Antonio Nangel took over the agency three years ago, the country was importing almost three to four million metric tons of rice annually.
Farmers were about to sell their pieces of lands to realtors to be converted to subdivisions or indutrial complexes as rice production was not enough to feed their familes and send their children to school.
Back then, they could only harvest once a year, or two at the most since rice production depended solely on the rainy season.
But with PNoy’s directive that the country must be rice sufficient before he steps down from office in 2016, and with the blessing of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Nangel immediately constructed and rebuit over 500,000 hectares of irrigation canals in a span of three years.
With the said action, the Department of Agriculture announced last month that they have cut the rice importation this year to just 800,000 metric tons, and zero grains importation by 2014 as more lands will be irrigated by then.
“Our target is to build two million hectares of irrigation canals when the President steps down by 2016 because by that time he wants that we will be a rice exporting country just like in the 70s,” Nangel said.
Unfortunately, Nangel is retiring in the next few months and farmers belonging to the various irrigators associations express fears that the said project might not be completed as there will be a new administrator who may have other priorities.
It will be wise, Mr. President, to retain and extend Nangel and let him finish his projects so as to realize your vision of a rice sufficient and exporting Philippines.
Isnt it right, Sec. Alcala?