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Filipino teachers are in Laos, too

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DONNA (right) with the author at Hanuvong Park  fronting the Mekong River which divides Thailand and Laos

Three years ago, this capital city looked like a small municipality in the Philippines with few vehicles and buildings. A different Vientiane welcomed me this time: the main road was now similar to Ayala Avenue in Makati City; new vehicles were on the road; buildings indicated Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese investments. Behind those developments, particularly in the education sector, Filipinos can also take their place.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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Illegal minors: Some came ‘accompanied by a stranger’

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“I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. He held my hand, as I boarded an airplane for the first time.” This is how Jose Antonio Vargas (Jose), a Pulitzer prize-winning Filipino journalist, described his departure for the United States. It was 1993 and he was 12 years old at the time.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

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Abused, starved and locked out of the house

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Despite the difficult situation of Anna Liza in Saudi Arabia, she still managed to post a message on the Bantay OCW Facebook page. An avid listener and televiewer of the Bantay OCW program, Anna Liza knew this was one site she could go to for help.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

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 »

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