This blog contains postings of news clippings that concerns Overseas Filipinos, Migration and my diary of important events as an Overseas Filipino Worker in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Bong Amora
PROFILE OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Profile of Accomplishments as Overseas Filipino Worker since 1993 up to present:
NOMINEE: MANUEL A. AMORA for BAGONG BAYANI AWARD 2011
The nominee MANUEL A. AMORA is an OFW for almost 20 years in Saudi Arabia from 1993 up to present. But prior employment abroad he worked in Manila from 1985-1993.
Manila: 1985 – 1993
A Boholano by blood and born in Butuan City. Grown up and graduated intermediate (Nasipit, Central Elementary School) and secondary course (Saint Michael’s Institute now, Saint Michael College of CARAGA-SMCC) in Nasipit, Agusan Del Norte.
After graduation from college in 1985, he went to Manila. He tried his luck working on the job training as an aircraft mechanic with Philippine Airlines, but unfortunately he was not able to pursue the training due to health problem.
Unemployed, he worked as a waiter, disc jockey and bartender with his cousin’s sing-a-long club in Makati Avenue. Fortunately, he was able to met a lawyer from Mindanao who gave him a break to work as a messenger in a law office in Pasong Tamo, Makati. From messenger to clerk and later on as a Para Legal Officer in a Law (Office) Firm from 1986 to 1993 prior employment abroad.
He has been an active community leader when he arrived in Jeddah, KSA. He was the founding member of the Overseas Filipino Cooperative Council (OFWCC) in Jeddah and Board of Director of the Bohol-Leyte OFW Cooperative (BLOC) and Chairman of the Committee on Education of Boholano Community in Jeddah (BC-J). He received various citations from the mentioned organizations.
He was also designated as a member of the authorized lecturers for pre-membership education seminars on cooperatively by the Cooperative Development Authority.
1998 to present
He transferred to Riyadh with new employer in 1998. He worked with Al Ajial Co., Ltd., at the 2ndIndustrial Area of Riyadh from 1998 to 2007. Away from the city of Riyadh, he made his time worthy by organizing sports events in the company where he worked. He was also the Liaison of the 200 plus Filipino working in the said company, such as the renewal of passports, application for OECs and securing travel tickets for his co-Filipino employees. One time, he went to POLO to secure the attestation of the End of Service Award received by fellow OFW who left the company for good. During his visit to POLO, he was able to met Labor Attaché Jainal Rasul, Jr. who advised him to form a group in the 2nd Industrial Area of Riyadh. Thus the Kalipunang Kaakabay ng Manggagawang Pilipino sa Saudi Arabia (KAKAMPI-KSA) was born.
In 2003 Labor Attache Jainal Rasul, Jr. invited him as one of the Resource Speaker in the“First OFW Conference on Reintegration” held in the Marriot Hotel, Riyadh with his paper titled “A Chance to Make It Right“. The former OWWA Administrator Marianito ”Nitoy” Roque presented him a “Certificate of Appreciation” for his significant contribution to the first ever OFW reintegration conference in Saudi Arabia.
The Nominee w/ Former Director Fahad Bin Huraib, King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology KACST- Directorate of International Cooperation now Advisor to the President-KACST
Having experience as a community leader in Jeddah, he was able to unite all the Filipinos working in the mentioned Industrial area of Riyadh. Filipino sports events like table tennis and Basketball tournament was introduced among many companies in the areas.
In 2004 onwards KAKAMPI-KSA through his leadership was among the organizations actively involved to promote the Overseas Absentee Voting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, more particularly in the Industrial Area. KAKAMPI-KSA Inter-company Bonafide Basketball Tournament was among tapped to promote the Overseas Absentee Voting due to its poor turnout in the registration for absentee voters.
It was also during his leadership where a mobile special registration for Filipino Absentee voters were conducted in various locations in the Industrial Area of Riyadh. It was also during his time that organized events for mobile special registrationinitiated by KAKAMPI-KSA under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy, POLO/OWWA was then conducted in different companies in the area for the preparation of the 2004 and 2007 Philippine Election.
The former Ambassador to the Kingdom H.E. Bahnarim Guinomla presented him a “Certificate of Appreciation” for his active involvement in the conduct of the OAV registration and absentee voting in Riyadh.
During his 9 years working in the Industrial Area, he was able to organize many OFW Forums in the vicinity of the area. One in the Old Islamic Center, 2nd Industrial Area where officials from the Philippine Embassy, POLO/OWWA were there to answer questions and provide assistance to those OFWs with problems on site. The SSS, Pagibig, Philhealth, Philippine banking representatives was also invited.
OFW Forums were also conducted in the accommodation of Al Sharq Plastic Factory, Saudi Ceramics, Saudi Lightning and even restaurants and other locations where there were large concentrations of OFWs. All the forums were under the auspices of the Philippine Embassy and POLO/OWWA.
In 2010, despite of having a new place and a new employer, the nominee still remembers his fellow OFWs and KAKAMPI-KSA members in the Industrial Area where he stayed for many years. Last year, January of 2010, KAKAMPI-KSA organized The “OFW Forum”. It was held at New Islamic Center, 2ndindustrial Area, Riyadh dubbed as “Know Your Rights and Obligations as OFW in the Kingdom.” The forum was initiated under the on-site Labor Education Program of the Philippine Embassy, POLO & OWWA under the supervision of the then POLO Labor Attache Rustico Dela Fuente and Welfare Officer Atty. Cesar Chavez.
He was also one of the officers of OFW Congress who was instrumental and work hard for the collection ofP 204,740.00 cash money donations for the survivors of the Feb. 17, 2006 landslide in the central Philippine village of Guinsaugon, Leyte.
But his love of organizing doesn’t end up there, the nominee also loves to write. In 2005, the nominee created a blog named “OFWEMPOWERMENT” for the purpose of disseminating or by posting important information for the benefit and welfare of the OFWs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (http://ofwempowerment.wordpress.com )
His first entry was on 13 December of 2005 titled “Tax Exemption a Token Gift” questioning the Government “Why Government keeps an eye to OFW’s whose life is already miserable away from home”. It was followed by “OFWs the Best Political Electorate” that was published online as Inquirer 7 supplement under Network Highlights INQ7 @ 5, the entry was inspired from his previous posting “OFW Representation”.
He was then on the receiving end of encouragement from colleagues in the Industrial Areas in Riyadh andcommunity leaders in Saudi Arabia and so with his many readers at home and from fellow bloggers, OFW Advocates, friends, relatives and loved ones.
Important OFW information campaigns from OWWA, POEA and even NGO’s who are OFW advocates were given space in OFWempowerment blog, especially when it comes to OFW Issues and Concerns. The blog became a home of and for OFWs, not only in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but to other countries as well that there are OFWs.
In December 13, 2007 exactly two (2) years, OFWEmpowerment blog 2nd Anniversary, A Closer Look at the Filipino Diaspora was published in Global Nation, Inquirer.net, it was posted in the nominee’s blog December 12, 2007. The article was cited by various authors writing about Filipino Diaspora. (http://globalnation.inquirer.net/mindfeeds/mindfeeds/view/20071212-106376/A_Closer_Look_at_the_Filipino_Diaspora )
He was also vocal in the campaign of OAV Postal Voting and the creation of an OFW Bank.
He is currently involved in soliciting help from Filipino organizations to give donations such as medicines, grocery items and other personal needs intended for the less fortunate and runaway OFWs housed at the Filipino Workers Resource Center or FWRC.
Today, the OFWempowerment blog is considered a home for many OFWs asking for his advice in their problem may it personal and problem on site. You can read OFW woes and concerns in so many different angles in which the nominee provides relief to someone who is asking for his guidance. Taking appropriate action under the circumstances, he even approaches in person the managers and even owners of companies where the distressed OFWs are employed to mediate their grievances without regard for his own personal safety. The nominee has performed heroic deeds above and beyond the call of his duty as a Filipino community leader and therefore deserved to be recognized.
The nominee is still an active Filipino community leader in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He was the former Secretary General of the OFW Congress-Riyadh and the Founding President of both KAKAMPI-KSA and Nasipitnon-KSA International. He is an Honorary Member and Advisor of All-Filipino Table Tennis Association in Riyadh (AFTTA). He is also a recognized member of the OFW International organizations whose members are Overseas Filipinos worldwide, to name a few: OFCI-Overseas Filipino Council, International and Adviser of United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development-UFWCD-Riyadh Chapter.
He is currently working with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, a Saudi Science government agency (counterpart of the Department of Science and Technology in the Philippines)as Administrative Officer assigned in the Directorate of International Cooperation reporting directly to the Director and the President of KACST.
The nominee is a family of professionals and of good standing in their respective community.
Father : Daniel Gultiano Amora Sr. (Deceased) From Anda, Bohol, World War II Veteran, United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE), (Corporal), Filipino American
Mother : Margarita Amad (Deceased) – From: Moalbual, Cebu (Housewife)
Sister : Mila Amora Bacho Registered Nurse, FilAm, California, United States
Juanito “Ado” 😦Electronics Communication Engineer-EcE) at hometown, Visayan short story writer & poet
Dominico “Doods” :(Professional Electrical Engineer-PEE) Businessman, Consultancy Firm in Mandaue, Cebu
Daniel Jr. “Bebot” 😦Industrial Management Engineer–IE) Businessman, Construction-General Contractor in Laguna & Manila
“PHOTOS” OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
The Bagong Bayani Foundation, Inc. (BBFI), in coordination with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and theprivate sector.
The Bagong Bayani Awards (BBA) pay tribute to the country’s outstanding Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as the new heroes of our time. It gives due recognition to their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, enhancing the image of the Filipino as a competent and responsible worker and contributing to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.
The general pre-qualifying criteria for the nomination of any Filipino working overseas, landbased or sea-based are as follows:
Must be or has been an OFW for at least two (2) years;
Has no past or present criminal or derogatory record;
Must be of good moral standing or has received recognition from past or present employer for exemplary behavior or outstanding service; and
The employment contract must have been processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
The following are the awards categories:
1. Bagong Bayani Award for Outstanding Employee
2. Bagong Bayani Award for Community and Social Service
3. Bagong Bayni Award for Culture and Arts
4. Capt. Gregorio S. Oca Award
5. Blas F. Ople Award para sa Natatanging Bagong Bayani