LINKAPIL ( Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino) write for PBSN donation

May 27, 2010

The spirit of sharing and bayanihan during yuletide season reached the Commission on Filipinos Overseas as 14 beneficiaries from different places in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were given cash donations from Filipinos overseas on 26 January 2010.

The Philippine Barangay Society in Nigeria (PBSN), a Filipino organization in Lagos, Nigeria, donated Two Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Pesos (P225, 000.00) to the CFO’s Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) or Link for Philippine Development Program. The donation was turned over by the PBSN President Cristito Villaruel and his daughter Abigail Villaruel, CFO Executive Director Jose Maria J. Palabrica and CFO Deputy Executive Director Minda Cabilao Valencia to thirteen (13) families and one (1) religious organization as grant to fund small livelihood projects that will help the beneficiaries meet their daily needs.

The amounts were raised from fund-raising activities by the PBSN from the Filipino community in Nigeria. The amount represents their contribution to the development efforts in our country. According to Mr. Villaruel, the Filipino community in Nigeria wished that the amount will help the beneficiaries start small livelihood business.

The recipients were chosen on the basis of their economic status through interviews and background investigations. Some of the beneficiaries were affected by typhoon Ondoy, in September 2009 and Typhoon Pepeng a week after, flooding Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, and other low-lying. Others were either jobless or underemployed whose income is not enough to cover their family expenses.

Thirteen (13) beneficiary-families during the turn over of Donation with PBSN President
Cristito Villaruel, CFO Executive Director Jose Maria J. Palabrica and
CFO Deputy Executive Director Minda Cabilao Valencia
Among those families who benefited from the said donation were the following with their corresponding small-scale livelihood projects:

1. Mr. Manuel & Linda Bumanglag – Buy & Sell Smoked and Dried Fish
2. Mr. Ricky & Maricel Cartoneros – Sari- Sari Store with Food Station
3. Mr. Jonathan & Margie Esguerra – Sari-Sari and Dry Goods Store
4. Ms. Lilibeth & Jenny-Lyn Rellama – Loading Station & School Supplies Mini-Store
5. Mr. Many & Thelma Duyao – Sari-Sari Store
6. Mr. Eufrascio & Novie Lasagas – Hamburger & French Fries Store
7. Mr. Jose & Maru Lou Quilala, Jr. – Sari-Sari Store with Bigasan
8. Mr. Tranquilino Fernandez – PVC Pipes Trading & RTW/Cosmetics Retailing
9. Ms. Elena Awey – Sari-Sari and School Supplies Store
10. Ms. Basilia dela Pena – Duck Raising
11. Mr. Mayo & Lucita Escasura – Backyard Hog Fattening 7 Raising
12. Mr. Rocillito Suniga – Sari-Sari Store
13. Mr. Romeo Gonzales – Hog Raising
14. St. Hannibal Empowerment Ctr. – Well of Wonders

Turnover of cash donation L-R: Executive Director Jose Maria Palabrica, Deputy Executive Director Minda Cabilao Valencia, Mr. Christito Villaruel and Fr. Dexter Prudenciano of St. Hannibal Empowerment Ctr.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 15:14

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Induction of PBSN Officers

July 16, 2009

The induction for the new set of officers of the Philippine Barangay Society in Nigeria (PBSN) was held last July 12, 2009 at Caverton Headquarters.

Newly Inducted set of officers of the PBSN. With Con-gen Alex Lamadrid.

Newly Inducted set of officers of the PBSN. With Con-gen Alex Lamadrid.

The event commenced with a Mass celebrated by our beloved Filipino priest, Fr. Doury. The Inducting Officer was none other than our Embassy’s Charge d’ Affaires, Consul General Alex Lamadrid.  He was assisted by Engr. Esperanza Derpo, who was elevated as the Chairman of the PBSN Board of Trustees.

The event was a blending of the old and the new, of the past and the present as we see familiar faces of long ago sharing the spotlight with Filipinos who had just arrived in Lagos.

Even in her turnover speech, Chairman Esper said that it is not so much for us to count where we are going but what is more important is that we recognized where we started and that the naijapinoys are still together doing their share in helping not just the Philippines but also our adopted country Nigeria through the various charities we sponsor and participated in.

Newly elected Chairman Tito Villaruel echoed this sentiment in his inaugural speech as he said that he hoped Filipinos in Nigeria could find more common ground, more reasons to unite and perhaps it is through adding sporting events in the usual family day that we could achieve this.

PBSN newly elected officers

PBSN newly elected officers

In a way, that day also doubled as a recognition day as past officers and other Filipinos and a Nigerian national were recognized for their outstanding contribution in promoting the Bayanihan spirit.

It is another way of thanking them for the support they have shown to the whole community. The immediate past officers were given the Community Service Award while Engr. Esperanza Derpo, Manny Figueroa and Gabby Dimude received Certificate of Appreciation from the Philippine Embassy.

The new barangay officers to hold office from 2009-2011 are:

Chairman: Tito Villaruel
1st Vice-Chair: Noel Salvador
2nd Vice-Chair: Rommel Montana
Secretary: Maricar Tajo
Asst. Secretary: Teza Liceralde
Treasurer: Rose Urgel
Asst. Treasurer: Marjorie Padilla
Auditor: Pros Naoe,
Asst. Auditor: Myleen Baylon
P.R.O.: Arnel Bondoc
Asst PRO: Rudyard (DJ) Liceralde

Executive Committee Members

1.  Rudy Alejo
2. Gilbert Allarey
3. Ben Basalo
4. Alexie Jhoy Baylon
5. Danilo (Dexter) Briones
6. Pedro (Boy) Capinpin
7. Redentor ( Red) Cordenete
8. Ester Cueto
9. Capt. Ricardo (Ric) Decena
10. Giovannie Garcia
11. Marlo Roxas
12. Edwin Salazar
13. Ricardo Samoranos
14. Marvin delos Santos

PBSN Chairperson Esper Derpo meet with Pres. Arroyo over Nigeria Travel & Work Ban

March 31, 2009


31 March 2009 — In lieu of a presentation to the cabinet meeting scheduled this morning today regarding the OFW Deployment Ban to Nigeria, Special Envoy to the President for Middle East and Africa, Gen. Roy Cimatu and Philippine Barangay Society in Nigeria (PBSN) Chaiperson Mrs. Esperanza Derpo were instead, called in by the President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a closed door meeting at the “Bahay Pangarap”, PSG Compound, Malacaňang Park.

The hour-long meeting was also attended by Vice President, Noli de Castro; Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Alberto Romulo; and Mrs. Derpo’s other half, Engr. Nestor Derpo. Details of the said meeting remain undisclosed to this hour, but Mrs. Derpo confirms a positive outcome.

Mrs. Derpo is scheduled to fly back to Lagos on Friday, 3rd April 2009, but expressedher intention to stay in the Philippines until proceedings are finalized.

Mr. Nestor Derpo, VP Noli de Castro, Esper Derpo, HE Pres Gloria Arroyo, DFA Sec Alberto Romulo, Amb. Roy Cimatu

Mr. Nestor Derpo, VP Noli de Castro, Esper Derpo, HE Pres Gloria Arroyo, DFA Sec Alberto Romulo, Amb. Roy Cimatu

Thanks to Maricar Derpo for the reportorial and photos.

PBSN Chairperson Meets with VP Noli de Castro

March 27, 2009

27 March 2009 — Philippine Vice President Noli de Castro held a meeting with PBSN Chairperson, Mrs. Esperanza Derpo this morning, at his office at President Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City. Also in the meeting were Special Envoy of the President to Middle East and African Countries, Gen. Roy Cimatu; and Mrs. Derpo’s other half, Engr. Nestor Derpo.

Meeting with VP Noli de Castro


Mrs. Derpo appealed to the Vice President to strongly endorse the lifting of the OFW deployment ban to Nigeria which has been in place for more than two years. She discussed at length the many reasons why the ban should be lifted, noting the issues on security; working and business opportunities for Filipinos in Nigeria; and the current working conditions of the OFW’s there, among others.

The Vice President was impressed to hear of the high regard companies in Nigeria have for Filipinos brought about by our OFW’s working ethics, skills and professionalism, which make them a preference for supervisory, managerial and other key positions in various industries all throughout Nigeria. He also commends PBSN’s charity efforts to the Philippines and its host country Nigeria as seen in the various projects the organization has pushed through with the leadership of Mrs. Derpo.


The Vice President says that he is fully convinced that the ban should be lifted and believes that taking this up in the cabinet meeting can enlighten other officials to make a sound decision. He invited Gen. Cimatu to present the issue in the cabinet meeting in Malacanang on Tuesday, including Mrs. Derpo as a resource person.

Mrs. Derpo is scheduled to attend the cabinet meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

as reported by: Carlota Derpo

It’s OK to lift deployment ban to Lebanon – DFA

March 25, 2009

correcting previous post:

It’s OK to lift deployment ban to Lebanon – DFA
03/23/2009 | 06:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has agreed to lift the three-year deployment ban to Lebanon after the safety of Filipinos in that Western Asian country was assured.

According to the DFA, the armed conflict in the Middle East state “has already ended and is no longer posing security threat” to overseas Filipino workers (OFW)

Presidential envoy to the Middle East Roy Cimatu, who was sent to Lebanon last month to assess the security condition in the country, said that it was already safe to resume the deployment of OFWs there because peace and stability had returned to the Middle East state.

Vice President Noli de Castro supported the DFA’s decision and said that Lebanon could provide an alternative destination to laid off OFWs. “There is no more reason to maintain the deployment ban to Lebanon. Many of our countrymen badly need jobs today and Lebanon offers plenty of employment opportunities.”

But before the ban could be officially lifted, De Castro called on the Labor department and the DFA to negotiate a bilateral agreement with Lebanon to protect the welfare of OFWs.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) earlier said that it was in no rush to allow the re-entry of Filipino household service workers (HSWs) to Lebanon unless authorities could safeguard the welfare of OFWs.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque told GMANews.TV that the DOLE had not yet decided to lift the ban pending proposed amendments from the department. He said the DOLE had sent out a draft of a memorandum of understanding to their counterparts in Lebanon as condition for the redeployment of Filipino HSWs.

Included in the MOU are the protection of workers’ rights and the minimum salary for HSWs pegged at $400 per month.

Job opportunities

The DFA expects that the lifting of the 2006 ban in Lebanon will lead to more job opportunities for thousands of Filipinos affected by the US-led global economic slump.

Lebanon’s honorary consul-general to the Philippines, Josef Assad, welcomed the proposed lifting of the ban. “This is a positive step in the in normalization and improvement of relations between Lebanon and the Philippines.”

“This will perk up relations between the two countries as this will remove the barrier which has prevented thousands of Filipinos from working in Lebanon which is now experiencing an economic boom and is need of thousands of construction workers to complete the infrastructure billion-dollar projects like highways and bridges,” Assad said.

The government stopped sending Filipino workers to the Mideastern state in 2006 when violence between Hezbollah and Israeli forces escalated.

At that time, some 6,000 OFWs, many of them undocumented, were repatriated to the Philippines. Some 26,000 opted to stay either due to fear of losing their jobs or because they were not allowed by their employers to leave.

The Philippines had also stopped sending workers to Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, and Nigeria. – with Mark Joseph Ubalde, GMANews.TV—DFA

37 distressed Pinoy maids, seafarers return home

February 21, 2009

02/20/2009 | 05:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 37 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have ended their ordeals overseas as they returned to the Philippines on Thursday.

Thirty-one of the 37 Filipino workers who came back home were domestic helpers who complained of abuse from their employers in Saudi Arabia.

Helen Sarasaen told GMA News that she worked for ten months as a domestic helper in the Saudi Arabian capital city, Riyadh, but not once did she receive pay or food for her service.

“Mahirap mag-abroad, sana mabigyan kami ng trabaho, sana mabigyan ng pagkakataon, mahirap talaga doon,” she said in a report aired over Q’s Balitanghali.

[It’s really hard to work abroad. I hope we would be given jobs, I hope we would still be given a chance, it’s really difficult to work there.]

Domestic helper Judith Camporedondo suffered the same fate as she was not paid by her employer either, prompting her to run away and decide not to work abroad anymore.

“Nagpunta ‘dun para maghanap ng pera ganun pa rin, mahirap talaga mag-abroad, kung katulong ka lang, maltratuhin ka pa, tatlong oras lang tulog mo,” she told GMA News.

[I went there to earn money but nothing changed, it’s really hard to work abroad, if you’re just a helper, you’ll be abuses, you’ll get to sleep for only three hours.]

The other OFWs who returned home were identified as Betty Bengson, Shiela Adalin, Marife Anillo, Gloria A. Delos Santos, Esperanza Mejia, Shirly Punzalan, Raquilyn T. Canoy, Nenalyn Deseo, Lina Johnny, Aurelia Macalalad, Cristeta Abratique Pelagio, Paquita Canlas Baldera, Josephine Obera, Ma. Teresa Granada.

Cherie May Palinguba, Loreta Monares Genosas, Marilez Dalagon, Anglyn Diaz Gardose, Shahad Cabaluna, Sammra S. Dagadas, Norma Saligan Madaliday, Ofelia Urbanuzo, Mariyan Abdulla, Emraiza Abiar, Noria Salik Akmad, Olga Elnar, Juvaina A. Aron, Shermina Najaalun, and Ruth Maranoc Escopete.

Senator Manuel Villar reportedly paid for the repatriation of the 31 women.

In addition, six of the nine stranded Filipino seafarers in Nigeria have also returned to the Philippines on Thursday.

The nine seafarers were part of the 18-man crew on board M/T Meredith that was hijacked by pirates on January 21 at the Bonny Terminal in Nigeria. The ship is owned by Corinthian Maritime SA, Golden Carrier Shipping and Maritime Management Synergy SA.

“Nagsidatingan yung mga pirata, pinagmamaso ‘yung pintuan, dahil sarado tapos pinapasabog ‘yung iba makapasok lang sila. Sa pagkakataong iyon walang nasaktan sa amin kasi nakatago kami,” Rogelion Andalit told GMA News.

[The pirates arrived, they destroyed the doors that were closed but not one of us got hurt because we were hiding.]

The other five seamen were identified as Raymon de Domingo, Gloriand Sales, Michael Domingo, Alfredo Ferrer, and Jebb Alonte. The Filipino crewmen were reportedly contracted by local manning agency Seagem Maritime Int’l.

Six more distressed OFWs are set to return to the Philippines from Riyadh next week, while three more Filipino seamen (Novelito Trapsi, Elmer Cruz, and George Parreño) remain in Nigeria. – Kimberly Jane T. Tan, GMANews.TV

Pananaw tungkol sa Nigeria travel ban

January 24, 2009

Ambag na pananaw ni Pastor Billy, a.k.a. ang Carlo Magno ng Lekki, halaw sa baul po daw ng Mga Kwentong Lasing Part 3.

Hindi mayaman ang OFW

We have this notion na ‘pag OFW o nasa abroad ay mayaman na. Hindi totoo yun. A regular OFW might earn from P50K-P300K per month depende sa lokasyon. Yung mga taga Australia, Canada, Kazakstan or US siguro ay mas malaki ang sweldo, lalo na daw mga taga Nigeria but to say that they’re rich is a fallacy (amen!).

Malaki ang pangangailangan kaya karamihan ay nag-a-abroad.  Maraming bunganga ang kailangang pakainin kaya umaalis ang mga pipol sa Pilipinas. Madalas, 3/4 o kalahati ng sweldo ay napupunta sa tuition ng anak at gastusin ng pamilya.

Mahirap maging OFW –

Kailangan magtipid hangga’t kaya. Oo, masarap ang pagkain sa abroad pero madalas na paksiw o adobo at itlog lang tinitira para makaipon. Pagdating ng kinsenas o katapusan, ang unang tinitingnan eh ang conversion ng Peso sa Dollar o Euro o Rial o Naira. Mas okay na magtiis sa konti kaysa gutumin ang pamilya. Kapag umuuwi, kailangan may baon kahit konti kasi maraming kamag-anak ang sumusundo sa airport o naghihintay sa probinsya. Alam mo naman ‘pag Pinoy, yung tsismis na OFW ka eh surely attracts a lot of kin.

Kapag hindi mo nabigyan ng pasalubong eh magtatampo na yun at sisiraan ka na. Well, hindi naman lahat pero I’m sure sa mga OFW dito eh may mga pangyayaring ganun. Magtatrabaho ka sa bansang iba ang tingin sa mga Pinoy. Malamang marami ang naka-experience ng gulang o discrimination to their various workplaces. Sige lang, tiis lang, iniiyak na lang kasi kawawa naman pamilya pag umuwi.

Besides, wala ka naman talagang maasahang trabaho sa Philippines ngayon.Mahal ang bigas, ang gatas, ang sardinas, ang upa sa apartment. Tiis lang kahit maraming kupal sa trabaho, kahit may sakit at walang nag-aalaga,kahit hindi masarap ang tsibog, kahit pangit ang working conditions, kahit delikado, kahit mahirap. Kapag nakapadala ka na, okay na, tawag lang, “hello! kumusta na kayo?”.

Hindi bato ang OFW –

Tao rin ang OFW, hindi money o cash machine. Napapagod rin, nalulungkot (madalas),nagkakasakit, nag-iisip at nagugutom. Nakukulong pa nga. Naaakusahan pang mga magnana kawkaw pa minsan. Kailangan din ang suporta ng taga Embassy, kundi man physically, emotionally o spiritually man lang.

Tumatanda rin ang OFW –

Sa mga nakausap at nakita ko, marami ang panot at kalbo na. Most of them have signs and symptoms of hypertension, coronary artery disease and arthritis. Yet, they continue to work thinking about the family they left behind. Marami ang nasa abroad, 20-30 years na, pero wala pa ring ipon. Kahit anong pakahirap, sablay pa rin. Masakit pa kung olats rin ang sinusuportahang pamilya ? ang anak adik o nabuntis; ang asawa may kabit. Naalala ko tuloy ang sikat na kanta dati, “NAPAKASAKIT  KUYA EDDIE!”

Bayani ang OFW ?

Totoo yun! Ngayon ko lang na na-realize na bayani ang OFW sa maraming bagay. Hindi bayani na tulad ni Nora Aunor o Flor Contemplacion. Bayani in the truest sense of the word. Hindi katulad ni Rizal o Bonifacio. Mas higit pa dun, mas maraming giyera at gulo ang pinapasok ng OFW para lang mabuhay. Mas maraming pulitika ang kailangang suungin para lang tumagal sa trabaho lalo na’t kupal ang mga kasama sa trabaho. Mas mahaba ang pasensya kaysa sa mga ordinaryong Tongresista o  Sinador sa Pilipinas dahil sa takot na mawalan ng trabaho at lalo na po, dahil sa pasado kami sa psychotest.

Matindi ang OFW ?

Matindi ang Pinoy. Lalo na daw ang mga Naija Pinoy. Matindi pa sa daga, o cockroaches  which survived the cataclysmic evolution. Alang sinabi iyang Malarya, ang Kidnapping, Armed Robber sa Inay Gyera, Armed Robbers sa Eh May Grasya NAIA. Sisiw lang mga iyan. Maraming sakripisyo pero walang makitang tangible solutions or consequences na ginagawa ang OWWA/POEA/DOLE at DFA.

Malas ng OFW, swerte ng pulitiko ?

Lalo na si Money Bilyar. Hindi umuupo ang OFW para magbigay ng autograph o interbyuhin ng media (unless nakidnap!). Madalas nasa sidelines lang ang OFW. Kapag umaalis, malungkot and on the verge of tears. Kapag dumadating, swerte ‘pag may sundo( madalas meron). Kapag naubos na ang ipon, wala ng kamag-anak.

Sana sikat ang OFW para may boses sa Kamara. Ang swerte ng mga politiko nakaupo sila at ginagastusan ng pera ng Filipino. Hindi nga sila naiinitan o napapaso ng langis, o napagagalitan ng amo, o kumakain ng paksiw para makatipid, o nakatira sa compound with conditions less than favorable, o nakikisama sa ibang lahi para mabuhay. Ang swerte, sobrang  swerte nila.

Matatag ang OFW ?

Matatag ang OFW, mas matatag pa sa sundalo ni Hingalo Reyes o kung ano pang grupo na alam nyo. Magaling sa reverse psychology, negotiations at counter-attacks. Tatagal ba ang OFW? Tatagal pa kasi hindi pa natin alam kailan magbabago ang Philippines , kailan nga kaya? o may tsansa pa ba? Paano na iyan Ate Galo, magsalita ka naman, “Hindi na akow kakandi datung, mandada yaak!!!, magna naku!!! Ahh ewan, basta “I Am Sorry” pero di Worry.

Masarap isipin na kasama mo ang pamilya mo araw-araw. Nakikita mo mga anak mong lumalaki at naaalagaan ng maayos. Masarap kumain ng sitaw, ng bagoong, lechon, inihaw na isda, taba ng talangka. Masarap manood ng pelikulang Pinoy, luma man o bago. Iba pa rin ang pakiramdam kung kilala mo ang kapitbahay mo. Iba pa rin sa Philippines, iba pa rin kapag Pinoy  ang kasama mo (except ‘pag kupal at utak-talangka), iba pa rin ‘pag nagkukwento ka at naiintindihan ng iba ang sinasabi mo. Iba pa rin ang tunog ng “mahal kita!”, “day, ginahigugma tika.” “Mingaw na ko nimo ba,  kalagot!”, ” Inday, diin ka na subong haw? ganahan guid ko simo ba”. Iba pa rin talaga.

Kaya Ang Hinayupak Na Travel Ban Na Yan….Alisin Na!!!

Sige lang, tiis lang, saan ba’t darating din ang pag-asa.


Mula sa panulat nina Kuya Fred Borbon at Kapatid na Carlo Magno

(siempre, may pahintulot)

Jan 24, 2009