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A whistle-blower’s new crusade

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HONEST WORK AND CRITICAL THINKING Mathematics teacher Joseph Ocol, who made a name for himself in the Philippines as an anticorruption crusader, now helps African-American students in west Chicago beat drugs and crime through a unique chess program.  Already, some of his young players have won state- and US-wide medals. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

He was a marked man when he migrated to the United States 15 years ago. Joseph Ocol, once a top planning executive of the Clark Development Corp. (CDC), had been placed on the government’s Witness Protection Program for blowing the whistle on what appeared to be a multibillion-peso election fund-raising scam in the agency tasked to transform a former US military air base into an industrial complex and economic zone.

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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A positive development on petitions by US-citizen parents

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The recently released August 2014 Visa Bulletin of the US Department of State reveals an unusual movement in the priority dates of certain petitions of US citizens. For the first time in many years, the priority dates for the first preference category (F1) petitions by US citizens on behalf of their adult single children are advancing faster than petitions by green card holders under the F2B category. What is accelerating the priority dates under the F1 category?

Posted: July 20th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

2 Filipinos among top Canadian immigrants for 2014

RODIL .  ( PHOTO by Saajid Motala/Canadian Immigrant)

Two Filipinos—social worker Alberto Rodil of Toronto, Ontario, and doctor Anna Wolak of Vancouver, British Columbia—were recently named among the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for 2014, a prestigious contest organized by Canadian Immigrant magazine and sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC).

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Most aging Filipino caregivers can’t afford to retire

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Most elderly Filipino caregivers in the Los Angeles area work past retirement age due to the lack of employment protection and benefits, the inability to save up for retirement and the continuing need to provide financial help to their families, according to a policy report authored by three California-based researchers.

Posted: July 13th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

Undocumented: A success story

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“ATE HELEN” (right), with the author, in her home in Compostela Valley.

Everyone has a story. Helen Mahimpit has hers, too. When she left Taiwan after 20 years of domestic work—much of it as an overstaying, undocumented worker—she came back to a newly-built three-bedroom concrete house.

Posted: July 6th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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