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To Get Ahead in the U.S., Stand Up to Bullies and Form Alliances PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 November 2012 19:38

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2012 Journal Group Link International)

C HICAGO (jGLi) – Florencio “Flo” Villegas, a native of Tarlac province in the Philippines, came to the United States in 1947. His pioneering father told him and his brother two things to get ahead with their lives.

 

First, prepare mentally and physically.  And second, they were told, “regardless of what you do, as long as you do an honest job, accept any job, which was what I did as my first job.”

 

Mr. Villegas, now a senior citizen and Precinct 34 Committeeman of the Bloomingdale Township Democratic Organization in Du Page County, recalled their father telling him and his brother, “Kayong magkapatid (my sons), practice your boxing skills because in America there are full of bullies and you will be discriminated against.

 

“In my first day at Hyde Park High School (now Hyde Park Career Academy in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the southside of Chicago, Illinois), that exactly happened. I was just having lunch, when a white American came and started kicking me and so I took care of the problem. And so, I always have that mentality.”

 

Mr. Villegas was among the resource speakers at the House Party, Open House, Open Space, Open Possibilities co-sponsored by the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights & Empowerment (AFIRE) and Center for Immigrant Resources & Community Arts (CIRCA-PINTIG) held last Saturday, Oct. 20, at AFIRE’s new office, beside CIRCA-PINTIG office, at 7315 North Western Avenue in Chicago’s northside.

 

Mr. Villegas was making an inspirational talk at one of the programs offered by the two groups – the introduction of the maiden edition of a pamphlet, “Gabayan” (Tagalog for “to guide”), a mentoring program that makes the transition and integration of new immigrants in America.

 

The program, according to AFIRE staff, Al Cabagnot, in charge of Senior Community Service Employment, aims to provide a productive environment to new immigrants by focusing on job hunting, unbundling immigration and citizenship issues, making economic choices matter and finding job opportunities.

 

"IF YOU WANT BENEFITS, GET INVOLVED"

 

M r. Villegas, representative of the suburban Philippine American Cultural Foundation, urged the Filipino community to get involved in “Gabayan,” saying that “if you want to benefit from this program, in order to get the benefits, you have to get involved. If you are not involved, you have not earned the right to have these benefits.” He also congratulated Jerry B. Clarito, executive director of AFIRE, for hosting such program.

 

He said he is also a candidate for trusteeship in Bloomingdale Township under the Democratic Party, which encouraged him to run. He will file his candidacy for one of the two full six-year term, for the position on Dec. 17, 2012. Mr. Villegas’ pet legislation is the elimination of problems that block someone from reaching the glass ceiling.

 

“Gabayan” also helps immigrants become U.S. Citizens so they can vote in elections. It gathered statistics, showing Z.I.P. codes with preponderance of Filipino Americans. There are now 2,555,923 Filipinos in the U.S., 114,724 of them in Illinois based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

 

For her part, Angela “Ging” Mascarenes, Ph. D., AFIRE and CIRCA-Pintig Board President, said, “If you want to go fast, do it alone. If you want to go further, involve others.”

 

Dr. Mascarenas appealed to several dozens of community members, who were in attendance, to volunteer their time to the organizations or contribute to the fund that will keep the groups’ missions going.

 

She said, “We need a volunteer, an hour a week or an hour month.  We will let them  make big impact in the community. We need funds. We need at least $12 a month contributor for the whole year to support our programs; $25 a month donor, who will help us pay allowances or honoraria for our organizers. We already have three $25-a-month donors; we still need nine more.”

 

DEARTH OF INFO ON HEART DISEASE PROMPTS BCBSI TO GIVE $35K GRANT

 

F ilipino-American Clarita Santos of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois said her health-insurance agency extended a $35,000 grant to AFIRE because “there are not a lot of information on heart disease for the Filipino community. She had a lot of uncles or aunts, who were suffering from heart disease but there was no information in Tagalog or in Kapampangan about the disease.”

 

She wants AFIRE to spread the word on how the community will avoid incurring heart disease by urging the community to attend AFIRE’s Healthy Heart, Healthy Family (HHHF) Training Workshops that address heart disease, the leading cause of death among Filipino Americans.

 

The other features of the Open House were the overview of the first ever survey on "A day in the life of a Filipino American senior;" the painting of the "Filipino American History in Illinois" from the eyes of Filipino-American youth; and an excerpt from "Allos", a play about the life of Carlos Bulosan.

 

Among the guests at the event were James Yoo - from the office of U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley (D-5th-IL); Tran Nguyen - from the office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL); Dary Mien of the Cambodian Americans of Illinois; Dale Asis, Lhakpa Tsering, and Mauricio Roman of the Coalition of African, Arab, Asian, European, and Latino Immigrant of Illinois (CAAAELII); Rene Abella of the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago; Pilar Escontrias of the Field Museum of Natural History;  Officers and members of Filipino American Grandparents Association of Chicago and the American Legion FilAm Post 509; Francis Calpotura of Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA).

 

Other guests came from the student community of De Paul University Asian Cultural Exchange and Kapwa of Loyola University; Butch Odulio of Philippine National Bank Remittance Inc.; Lito Pineda of Progress Press Inc.; and Officers and member of CIRCA-Pintig.

 

Presenters included Tess Gutierrez and Sally Velasco -Healthy Heart, Healthy Family, Healthy Community; Stacy Delvo shared “A Day in the life of our Lolas and Lolos,” an overview of the initial survey of the life experience of Filipino Americans of Chicago; Connie Triggiano and Al Cabagnot presented Gabayan, an immigrant guide and resource directory. Francis Calpotura -Transnational Institute for Grassroots Research and Action (TIGRA), Kristina Tendilla and Stephanie Camba explained AFIRE’s New American’s Initiative and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Kristina Mascarenas - Rock the Balut; and Angela Mascarenas - Program coordinator; and Atty. Roy John Basa, Jr., who is also extending assistance in the legal staff of AFIRE.

 

Alon ng Dagat (Wave of the Sea). Ningas ng Apoy (Spark of the Fire) at Puso ng Tao (Human Heart)” were paintings created by Nasstasha Camba, Ray Espiritu, Raven Guerrero, Crystle Dino, Josh Ong, Carlos Ledesma and Stephanie Camba. # # #

 

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Fifteen Filipino Victims of Trafficking Appear in New York Court PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 September 2012 17:05

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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C HICAGO (jGLi) – Fifteen Filipinos, who became victims of labor trafficking to Florida, will appear before the Eastern District court of New York at 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York today, Sept. 24, according to a press release from the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), U.S. Northeast in New York.

 

NAFCON urged its members, allied organizations and concerned individuals in the community to pack the courtroom and show support for their case.

 

Some of these Filipinos called “Florida 15” or “F15” have pending cases of deportation after the failure of their Philippine-based recruiters to renew their H2-B visas.

 

They recently obtained an “initial subsistence fund amounting to $333.33 per victim” as labor trafficked victims apparently from the Philippine government.

 

"It is through community support and consistent community pressure that we push the government to answer for its obligations to its distressed nationals," states Michelle Saulon, the North East Regional Coordinator for NAFCON. Ms. Saulon vowed to continue to follow up with the Philippine government the legal assistance and subsistence funds of the labor trafficked victims and the immediate prosecution of the traffickers.

 

The Filipinos, called “Florida 15” or “F15,” were recruited between 2008 to 2009 by the Philippine-based San Villa Ship Management Co. owned by Jojo Villanueva. They were to work at different country clubs and hotels in Florida as waiters, cooks, and housekeepers after paying from $2,500 to $7,000 placement fees.

 

When they started working, they were given only $6 per hour instead of the prevailing rate of $16-$17 per hour in the area of their assignments. They had no overtime. They were paid monthly and belatedly.

 

Aside from the late payment, the agency that recruited them also failed to renew their H2-B visas. The workers were not notified of their expired visas despite their consistent follow up. Because they are out of immigration status, some of them were arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency, which is processing them for deportation.

 

"The ‘Florida 15’ is only one group among the thousands of trafficked victims who are in need of immediate assistance, support and protection for their rights and welfare," Saulon continued.

 

The F15 workers are also fighting for their right to obtain T-visas. Atty. Felix Vinluan, immigration and labor lawyer who has helped trafficked Filipino workers over the years, is currently handling the case.

 

Fight Against Labor Export Policy and Human Trafficking

 

N AFCON acknowledges the institutional and structural problems that breed human and labor trafficking.

 

"As long as there is no genuine land reform and national industrialization in our homeland, landlessness and joblessness will persist. Coupled with the Labor Export Policy (LEP) implemented by the Philippine government, these policies and practices will continue to cause thousands of Filipinos to migrate overseas, suffer exploitation and become vulnerable to trafficking. We have a whole system of migrant workers’ exploitation ahead of us that needs to be fought against," states Jonna Baldres, national deputy general secretary of NAFCON.

 

NAFCON has also been extending support to other Filipino victims of human and labor trafficking. Among them are the Sentosa 27++ nurses, Arizona 34, South Carolina 12, Adman 11, Teachers from Los Angeles, Maryland and countless individuals, such as Elma Manliguez, Leticia Moratal and Jacqueline Aguirre, who were victims of unfair labor laws and regulations, slavery, inhumane working conditions and discrimination from their employers. They were once victims and are now fighting survivors advocating and empowering others to come out and fight for their rights and welfare.

 

The F15 workers, who have been struggling for almost 2 years, urged other trafficked victims to come forward and ventilate their concerns.

 

Stop Trafficking Our People (STOP)

 

A side from the demands of the Florida 15 workers, NAFCON, with its overall Stop Trafficking Our People (STOP) Campaign, also brings to the attention of the Philippine government its responsibility to check and investigate the employment agencies such as San Villa Management Co. for allowing them to operate. These agencies had allowed workers to leave the Philippines without going thru the Philippine Overseas and Employment Agency (POEA).

 

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Senator Heller Introduces Filipino Veterans Fairness Act in Senate PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2012 15:26

 

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

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C HICAGO (jGLi) – United States Sen. Dean A. Heller (R-NV) introduced Wednesday (Sept. 12) the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act (S. 3530) in the Senate that “would establish a process for Filipinos who fought alongside the U.S. military during World War II and have documentation to work with military historians so they can receive proper benefits for their service.”

 

In a press release sent out by his press staff Stewart Bybee, Senator Heller said:  

“The United States must make every effort to ensure that Filipinos who served during World War II are properly recognized for their contributions to our nation. This legislation will provide the opportunity for individuals in the Filipino community to prove their service and obtain the compensation they are owed. 

 

"Any individual denied veteran benefits should be allowed to have their story heard, especially those in the Filipino community. This bill will ensure that Filipinos who claim veteran status are treated with dignity and respect.”

 

The measure revives the flickering hope of about 24,000 Filipino veterans, who have yet to receive their Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation (FEVC) granted as a one-time lump sum of $15,000 for U.S. Citizens and $9,000 for non-U.S. citizens because their names could not be located in the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The lump sum payment was a rider in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama in 2009.

 

The filing of the bill by Heller drew strong endorsement from an officer of The Filipino-American Families of America in Politics in Las Vegas Nevada. The officer, Luke Perry,  pledged to support the campaign of Heller, who is trying to keep his Senate seat in the coming Nov. 6, 2012 election.

 

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mr. Perry, vice chairman of the group and an advocate for recognition and benefit of his father-in-law, who is an “unrecognized” Filipino veteran, Mr. Perry and his group will be "endorsing Heller on Saturday afternoon at Ray’s Asian Cuisine, a Filipino-owned Las Vegas restaurant."

 

HELLER UP FOR ELECTION

 

The junior Nevada senator, who was appointed to the Senate seat by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval following the resignation of Sen. John Ensign last year, is up for election against seven-term U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), who is a co-sponsor of the pending Filipino Fairness Act of 2011 introduced in the House by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Ca-12).

The newspaper quoted Mr. Perry as saying, “The president (Obama) has been here seven times (this year) and never addressed this issue." Perry ... saw Berkley last weekend and she didn't offer any more help on the compensation matter.

"She didn't say one word to any of us about our veterans. No word from the Democrats on this at all. We've been working with all of them to try and get help for many years, including for a 100-year-old veteran who's now in a nursing home dying."

 

Berkley campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa was quoted by the Journal as saying the congresswoman has supported Filipino veterans.

 

"While Senator Heller is the only candidate in this race who voted against extending compensation for WWII Filipino veterans, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has been one of their strongest advocates - not only co-sponsoring the Filipino Veterans Equity Act, but voting for legislation providing compensation for thousands of Filipino veterans who served America bravely," Hinojosa said in a statement reacting to Perry’s endorsement.

 

"We're not supposed to be endorsing (politicians)," said Bernie Benito, a member of another nonpartisan educational group of Filipino-American veterans that has been working on the issue for years, according to the Journal. "It's not fair to the veterans group."

 

HELLER’S LETTER TO PANETTA

 

Last July 18, Senator Heller sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, urging him to work with Filipinos denied veteran benefits. Senator Heller has yet to receive a response from Secretary Panetta and therefore has moved forward by introducing the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act. Mr. Heller asked Mr. Panetta to “respond to me by August 2012.”

 

In his letter to Mr. Panetta, Mr. Heller said, “Filipino soldiers served honorably in the Commonwealth Army of the Philippines, Recognized Guerilla Forces, and New Philippine Scouts alongside U.S. troops during World War II.  Many of these individuals were included on what is known as the “Missouri List,” which was created at the end of the war to document Filipinos who served alongside the United States.

 

“Unfortunately, it has come to my attention that some individuals who served alongside the U.S. military may not have been included on this list.  Because the Department of Veterans Affairs relies solely on this list to determine service, I am concerned that there may be Filipinos unfairly excluded from benefits they earned during World War II.

 

“The United States must make every effort to ensure that those individuals who served are properly recognized for their contributions to our nation.  That is why I am respectfully asking the Department of Defense in coordination with military historians to establish a process to open the Missouri List to give Filipinos the opportunity to prove their service. 

 

“It is my belief that in working with military historians, you can establish standards for documentation to support whether or not an individual had served during World War II in the Philippines for veterans benefit purposes.

 

ENTITLED TO FAIR AND COMPLETE EXAMINATION

 

“Filipino veterans are a respected part of the Nevada community.  They are entitled to a fair and complete examination of their record and we must be certain that all eligible Filipino veterans receive compensation they are entitled to for their service to the United States during World War II.”

 

By filing the Filipino Veterans Fairness Act (S. 3530), Senator Heller will be complimenting Rep. Speier’s Filipino Fairness Act of 2011 in the House. This bill, which has gained 96 co-sponsors in the House, will seek full benefits that were denied to the the Filipino veterans  following the adoption of the Rescission Act of 1946, which stripped Filipino World War II veterans of full benefits and recognition.

 

It also seeks to recognize the U.S. military service of the Filipino veterans, whose eligibility can be based not only on the “Missouri List,” the official record of the U.S. Army personnel, but also on all military records that would reference to their heroic military service during the war. # # #

 

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Berlin Wall as Art Piece . . . News Video at Currents & Breaking News Channel PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:40

 

 

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC)

 

F ragments of the Berlin Wall have ended in the hands of souvenir collectors, museums, dealers, historians, schools and enterprising artists. There are quite a number of them who have made parts of the wall as their vehicle to express their art.

 

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“Thaïs” by Jules Massenet at Gendarmenmarkt Square in Berlin . . . Video at Filipino Web Entertainment Channel PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:34

 

 

By ROMEO P. MARQUEZ

Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Asian-American Journalists Association (AAJA) and National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC)

 

W hile visiting Konzerthaus Berlin (Berlin Concert Hall) today, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, two musicians were engrossed in playing Thaïs, one of Jules Massenet's most performed operas, in the middle of Gendarmenmark Square in central Berlin.

 

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