Chocolate, a Philippine chocolate enterprise, recently joined
the London Chocolate Show held in Olympia National Hall in
Kensington last 14-16 October according to the Department of
Trade and Industry’s Philippine Trade and Investment Center-
London. DTI noted that Risa’s participation to one of the United
Kingdom’s biggest chocolate trade shows is a first for so many
years for a Philippine SME. In photo from L-R: Lawrence Cinco,
Pam Cinco, Commercial Attaché Kristine Umali, Ambassador Evan
Garcia, together with a chocolate buyer and enthusiast, and
Madame Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia. (Photo by DTI-PTIC-London)
PH SME chocolate
makes its sweet debut in London
November 2, 2016
LONDON, United Kingdom
– Philippine chocolate brand Risa Chocolate recently joined the The
Chocolate Show London held at Olympia National Hall in Kensington.
According to Philippine Department of Trade and Industry’s Philippine
Trade and Investment Center – London, for many years, Risa’s
participation is another first for a Philippine SME to participate in
one of the United Kingdom’s biggest chocolate trade shows.
DTI noted that Risa
Chocolate was the only exhibitor from the Philippines that made a
sweet debut with other popular fine chocolate British brands like
Hotel Chocolat, Rococo Chocolates and Paul A Young.
Risa Chocolate is co-owned
by Filipino couple Pam and Lawrence Cinco. Pam has explored the local
cacao bean production and was inspired in her pursuit to make fine
chocolates. "Risa Chocolate is made in the Philippines where our
unique terroir blends with single origin cacao beans, excellent
craftsmanship, and a lot of passion,” according to the company.
Their products are
single-origin chocolates made from cacao beans, which are sourced from
the Philippine provinces of Bicol and South Cotabato. According to Cinco, the finished chocolate bars do not contain soy lecithin,
letting the cacao beans taste even better as they age.
The Philippine SME also
created ‘The Pilitas’ range, which are made of native Pili nuts – a
local Philippine snack – covered in chocolate.
Philippine Ambassador to the
United Kingdom Evan Garcia visited the Risa Chocolate booth at the
chocolate show alongside Commercial Attaché and Philippine Trade and
Investment Centre London Head Kristine Umali to show support and
encourage show visitors to try samples.
“I am proud that Philippine
SMEs and brands are starting to breach the global market and show that
Philippine cacaos as well as our fine chocolates are truly world
class,” said Commercial Attaché Umali.
DTI noted that with the
strengthened programs of the department in enabling micro, small and
medium enterprises (MSMEs) to access new markets, it hopes to increase
the number of MSMEs that participate in international trade fairs.
blacklisted contractors as of 30 September 2016
November 2, 2016
MAKATI CITY – The
Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP) is mandated
to promote, accelerate and regulate the growth and development of the
construction industry in conformity with national goals. Through
CIAP’s licensing arm, the Philippine Construction Accreditation Board
(PCAB), the government ensures that all contractors are reliable,
competent and qualified to engage in construction contracting business
in the country. PCAB revokes and/or suspends the license offering
contractors. With the help of the Philippine Domestic Construction
Board (PDCB), another implementing arm of CIAP, appropriate policies
and guidelines for pre-qualification, bidding and contract award for
public infrastructure projects are formulated and recommended. CIAP
assures that Filipinos receive premium service through government
The CIAP, through PDCB,
implements the Construction Performance Evaluation System (CPES), a
uniform rating system for evaluating the performance of constructors
based on a set of criteria. These are workmanship, materials used in
the construction, timeliness, facilities, environmental safety and
health and human resources deployment during construction. Its
implementation is governed by Section 12, Annex E of the Implementing
Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9184 (Government
Procurement Reform Act).The evaluation is done at certain stages
during the actual construction of the project, and upon its
Based on the CPES results,
among others, contractors are blacklisted by various infrastructure
agencies (agency-level). The list are consolidated and submitted by
PDCB to the Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) are posted at
the GPPB website for reference by the Bids and Awards Committees of
various agencies. The Consolidated Blacklisting Report contains the
list of contractors blacklisted by the procuring entities.
Based on the List of
Consolidated Blacklisted Contractors at GPPB website, as of 30
September 2016, there are 36 blacklisted contractors. Thirty-two (32)
of which were blacklisted by various government infrastructure
agencies due to the following grounds/offenses: rescission of the
contract due to failure to complete the project, abandonment of the
contract/project, intolerable negative slippage, failure to comply
with contractual obligations/contract violations, failure to comply
with any lawful instructions, falsification of public documents,
quality of materials not complying with the approved plan and specs,
poor performance or unsatisfactory quality of work and termination of
Contractors included in the
Blacklist are not allowed to participate in any government procurement
or bidding during the period of disqualification.
The following is a list of
agency-blacklisted contractors as of 30 September 2016: National
Housing Authority (NHA): A. P. Torres, B.J. Contractors, Constructive
Builder, Inc., and Ramona Mining and Development Corp.; National Power
Corporation (NPC): Al-alamiah Construction and Sarbet Builders;
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS): Alpha Trine Motors
Corporation, Infra-Structural Construction, R. T. Katigbak
Construction Corporation, and Stern Builders Corporation; Department
of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) & Department of
Transportation (DOTr): AQA Global Construction; Department of
Education (DepEd): ARPEE Construction & Supply, and F.N.A.
Construction; Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH): B.E.
Construction, J.R. Maliwanag Trading and Construction, Jonice
Engineering Construction, Suzuka Construction Co., Ltd., and Villcruz
Construction and Supply;
AFP: DJ Builders
Corporation; National Irrigation Administration (NIA): E.S. Almuete
Construction, and Francis Lim Construction; Local Government of Quezon
City: HUXLEY Builders General Contractor; Philippine Army: MECON
Systems Services and Maintenance Products, MRRM Trading and
Construction, and Northstar IBEX Construction Corporation;
Municipality of Calamba: River Concrete Construction and Development
Corporation; Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 8: Ruby Lim
Construction and Supplies Incorporated; Philippine Ports Authority (PPA):
S&W Construction and Gen. Merchandise; Department of Health (DOH):
Square 'R' Builders and Development Corp.; City of Zamboanga: WERR
Corporation International. For updates and lists of blacklisted
contractors, please visit the GPPB website (https://www.gppb.gov.ph).
Four (4) contractors were
blacklisted by the PCAB due to either of the following offenses:
misinterpretation of financial qualification, submission of spurious
contractor’s license, submission of spurious or false documents or
misinterpretation of Sustaining Technical Employee (STE). These
contracting companies are Geety Realty & Development Corp., Lime Light
Construction, R2D Construction & Supply, and Transpower Builders and
A blacklisted contractor
will automatically be removed from the blacklisting on the succeeding
licensing period after payment of the appropriate penalty, unless the
blacklisting agency requests the GPPB to maintain the blacklisted
person/entity in the GPPB Consolidated Blacklisting Report due to
justifiable reasons. In the latter case, the blacklisted person/entity
shall be delisted only upon the blacklisting agency’s issuance of a
Groups to Duterte:
Demand climate justice at COP 22
October 28, 2016
QUEZON CITY –
Environment and climate advocates challenged President Rodrigo Duterte
to demand accountability from developed countries, in light of the
president's recent tirade against these countries' huge contribution
to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that caused the current climate
challenges the global community faces today less than two weeks before
the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) in Morocco. The international
gathering of country-parties to the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) serves as a forum to tackle
climate change and addressing its impacts.
In last year's COP,
governments worldwide agreed to cap global warming within an
aspirational limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius as embodied under the Paris
Agreement. The Philippines has yet to ratify the Paris Agreement.
Atty. Aaron Pedrosa stated that Duterte's indignation against these
industrialized countries could be channeled to demand from them
"The Philippines, being one
of the countries who have suffered the most from climate-induced
catastrophes, must be at the forefront of the call for industrialized
countries to account for their harmful environmental practices by
bearing most of the burdens of decreasing emissions and paying
reparations for the loss and damages suffered by vulnerable countries
from climate-induced catastrophes. The question is not whether or not
we ratify the Paris Agreement but will the Duterte Administration
demand for more ambitious targets and just agreements that would
benefit countries like the Philippines?," Pedrosa said.
Pedrosa cited the disasters
brought by typhoons Yolanda, and recently, Lawin, along with strong
episodes of El Niño, as manifestations of climate injustices which
developed countries ought to account for.
Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED) Convenor Gerry
Arances adds that Duterte must also challenge these developed
countries, in their efforts to account for the climate injustices they
have perpetrated, to be proactive in combating climate change.
"It is not enough that we
demand from these countries bare minimum compliance with the climate
deal, such as leading the international effort to keep the global
temperature well below 1.5 degrees Celsius," said Arances.
"Along with their individual
efforts towards climate change mitigation through reducing their GHG
emissions, we must obligate these countries to also fully uphold their
commitment in equipping developing countries with the means to
mitigate and adapt to climate change," he said.
Resources of developed
countries – from finance to technologies – far outweigh those of
developing countries. Arances said that engaging in undertakings such
as climate financing and technology transfer – which developed
countries have committed to in the United Nations Framework Convention
on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – are ways by which developed countries can
empower developing countries in better dealing with the realities of
undertakings, particularly climate financing, have been agreed upon in
the international climate pact, developed countries have a history of
not living up to aid promises," explained Arances.
According to him, despite
industrialised countries committing back in 2009 to give developing
countries $100 billion a year in additional climate finance from 2020
onwards, no binding and measurable targets leading towards the
completion of this goal has been laid down since the latest Paris
"This makes the finance
pledges by developed countries a mere vague promise," said Arances.
"Our president must demand for donor countries to take concrete action
in meeting their climate finance goals."
In addition to this, Arances
also brought to attention the critical role of technology transfer
among developed and developing countries.
"Duterte must also call for
industrialized countries to comply with their commitment to technology
transfer," added Arances. "This provides much opportunities for
developing countries to adopt measures and technologies that help them
in becoming self-sufficient in terms of dealing with climate change."
According to Arances, such
kinds of opportunities are manifested in the friendly relations
between the Philippines and China.
"China – a country that has
ratified the Paris Agreement, initiated a massive phase out operation
for coal, and which now rises as a leader in RE development by having
the highest installed RE capacity in the world (785 GW) – is ripe with
technologies and know-how and equipped with legal and regulatory means
that encourage the proliferation of its climate-friendly technologies
and practices," Arances explained.
"Its good relations with the
Philippines, bolstered by China's compliance with its pledge on
technology transfer, provides an ample opportunity for the Philippines
to learn and benefit from the ongoing renewable energy (RE)
development of the latter," he said.
In addition to addressing
industrialized countries, Pedrosa also challenged Duterte to mobilize
fellow developing and climate vulnerable countries in seeking climate
justice – within the international and domestic setting.
"While developed nations
hold most of the responsibility in mitigating and addressing the
impacts of the long history of their negative environmental practices,
developing nations still share in the duty of realizing a world
without dirty and destructive energy, Hence, while we support
Duterte's adamant stand to exact greater accountability from rich
countries like the US, we disagree in making this a pretext to resort
to the use of the very same technology that has spawned the climate
crisis" Pedrosa said.
"President Duterte in
refusing to refer the Paris Agreement to the Senate for ratification
argues that the deal would stifle the country's development. While It
is laudable to call out rich countries for pursuing a development
track that has caused excessive concentrations of greenhouse gases in
the atmosphere, it is mistaken to argue that it is the Philippines'
right to tread the same development path. Development need not be
dirty,” Pedrosa concluded.
Sueno to LGU
awardees: Let’s journey towards federalism
October 27, 2016
TACLOBAN CITY –
Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno has
urged the 318 local government units (LGUs) which were conferred with
the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) and the Lupong Tagapamayapa
Incentive Award (LTIA) to “look forward to new challenges under
“Let us continue this journey of good local governance, of
decentralization and local autonomy and look forward to new challenges
under a federal system of government,” said Sueno.
The DILG Secretary made the
remarks during the culminating ceremony of the 25th anniversary of the
Local Government Code (LGC) at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
Of the 318 LGU awardees, 306
were conferred with SGLG for passing the test of good governance,
while four barangays bagged the Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa award,
with the rest being declared as runners-up.
Of the 306 SGLG awardees, 43
are provinces, 51 are cities and 212 are municipalities. The SGLG
awardees will receive an incentive fund called Performance Challenge
Fund, and will be able to access other DILG projects. For the complete
list of SGLG awardees, please visit www.dilg.gov.ph (Reports and
According to Sueno, passing
the test of good governance means having complied with all the
requirements of three core areas – financial administration, disaster
preparedness and social protection, and any one of the essential
criteria – business-friendliness and competitiveness, peace and order,
and environmental management.
In Eastern Visayas, Regional
Director Marivel C. Sacendoncillo lauded the SGLG winners as well as
the LTIA National awardee for 4th-6th class municipalities (Brgy.
Hingatungan, Silago, Southern Leyte) for observing the tenets of good
governance. The 12 SGLG awardees in Region 8 are the provinces of
Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte and Samar; for Cities, Calbayog City;
and the municipalities of General MacArthur and Salcedo in Eastern
Samar; Barugo, Javier, Tabango and Tolosa in Leyte; and St. Bernard in
The Local Government Code is
a landmark piece of legislation that has revolutionized local
governance as it devolved powers and authority from the national to
the local governments.
Central Command commander LtGen. Raul del Rosario AFP
spearheaded the Wreath Laying Ceremony together with foreign
dignitaries and diplomatic representatives to honor our heroes
8ID troops join the
commemoration of the 72nd Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary
By DPAO, 8ID PA
October 24, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army
participated in the commemoration of the Leyte Gulf Landing
Anniversary at MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, Candahug,
Palo, Leyte on October 20, 2016.
The activity started with a
tribute march of the veterans and lighting of the peace torch by
Commander Avelino L Mosot, Regional President, Veterans Federation of
the Philippines-Leyte Chapter.
The event was graced by
Minister Atsushi Ueno, Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul Head of
Political Section, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines; Col. Kevin P
Wolfla US Army Attaché, Embassy of the United States of America in the
Philippines, Capt. Brad White, Defence Attaché, Embassy of Australia
in the Philippines.
Also in attendance were
LtGen. Raul L Del Rosario, Commander Central Command; Brig. Gen. Raul
M Farnacio, Commander 8ID; Brig. Gen. Joel Joseph A. Cabides (Ret),
Regional Vice President, Veterans Federation of the Philippines; Col
Bonifacio G De Gracia (Ret), National President, Veterans Federation
of the Philippines, MGen. Alfredo S Cayton Jr (Ret), Veterans Affairs
Management, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office; (Ret) Justice Manuel R
Pamaran, Board of Trustee of Veterans of World War II; Rev. Msgr. Rex
Ramirez, Vicar General, Archdiocese of Palo; Hon Remedios L Petilla,
Municipal Mayor, Palo Leyte; Hon. Carlo P Loreto, Vice Governor of
Leyte; and Hon. Leopoldo Dominico L Petilla, Governor of Leyte.
Messages of Solidarity for
peace were delivered by the diplomatic corps present followed by the
hoisting of flags and singing of their respective national anthems.
The 8ID troops spearheaded
the Wreath Laying Ceremony in honor of our heroes who fought with
gallantry for the present generation to cherish the true essence of
Lieut. Gen. Raul L Del
Rosario in his message said, “Today as we celebrate the 72nd
Anniversary of Leyte Landing, we honor Gen. Douglas McArthur who stood
firm and fought his way to reclaim the freedom of the Philippines. We
are also here to honor the thousands of great men and women of
different nationalities who fought in the Philippines in defense of
freedom and we also honor the thousands of Filipino guerillas who
patiently fought underground even at the verge of scarcity. We also
honor the civilians in surrounding communities who equally suffered
the cruelties of war some of whom are present here today. Sa inyo pong
lahat utang namin sa inyo ang ating kalayaan lubos kaming
nagpapasalamat sa inyong mga sakripisyo at kabayanihan patuloy po
kayong magiging inspirasyon ng ating sambayanan.” Del Rosario added.
Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro (7th from left), PTIC-Paris
Director and Commercial Attache Froilan Pamintuan (rightmost),
and DTI Export Marketing Bureau Assistant Director Anthony
Rivera (3rd from left) join the Philippine delegates led by
Animation Council of the Philippines Inc (ACPI) President Miguel
del Rosario (9th from left) during the first Philippine
participation at the MIPCOM in Cannes, France last October
showcase talent in France
October 24, 2016
CANNES, France –
Philippine animation studios, led by the Animation Council of the
Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) recently showcased the digital content
capabilities of the Philippines at the International Market of
Communications Program (MIPCOM) at the Palais des Festivals et des
Congres in Cannes, France last October 17-20, 2016.
The Philippine participation
at the MIPCOM was supported by the Department of Information and
Communications Technology (DICT), the Philippine Embassy in Paris, the
Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Paris (PTIC-Paris), and the
Department of Trade and Industry's Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB).
Represented at the MIPCOM
were companies including ASI Animation Studios, RenderBee, Synergy88,
TeamApp, Toon City, Toon City Academy, Top Peg Animation, and 88storey
Films. These Filipino companies are among talents with creative design
and animation capabilities for web and mobile games applications,
interactive and immersive visual technology, animation for television,
film, and the internet, production of audio-visual presentations and
commercials for television, cinemas and the internet.
“MIPCOM is a big opportunity
for the animation industry of the Philippines. The major players are
here and our presence in this important event is essential. We expect
to generate new business engagements as there is a growing demand for
content and creative services here in Europe” said ACPI President Juan
Miguel Del Rosario.
“Given the capabilities of
the participating companies, we are confident that this participation
will open doors of opportunities for our content industry in the
country as we aggressively move to prioritize new markets and new
services to expand our exports” said Dir. Senen M. Perlada of the
DTI-Export Marketing Bureau.
“France has the largest
animation industry in Europe and the third largest in the world, so
there is a lot of potential for our animation industry to set up
partnerships and increase awareness of the creative Filipino talent in
France,” mentioned by the Philippine Ambassador to France H.E. Ma.
The animation industry in
the Philippines started in the 1980s, making it one of the stronger
Asian players in the global animation industry today. At present,
there are over 100 animation studios across the country with total
revenue of US$153 million and over 11,000 full-time employees.
“For this sector,
Philippines is actually seen as potential partner for growth by
various companies from Japan, France, India and other key players in
terms of training, development of content and other key areas,” said
DTI PTIC- Paris Director and Commercial Attache Froilan Pamintuan.
Aside from MIPCOM
participation, the Philippine animation delegation held meetings with
the French Association of Animated Film (AFCA) and the Network of
French Animation Schools (RECA), which includes Les Gobelins, the
number one animation school in the world. French animators were also
invited to join Animahenasyon, the country’s animated film festival
and to establish potential partnerships in higher education and
MIPCOM is an annual event
held every October in Cannes, France and is known in the television
and entertainment industry as a premier marketplace to buy and sell
new programmes and formats for the global market. Major players such
as Disney, Warner Bros., 21st Century Fox and HBO, are among the
participants of the said event.
In 2015, performances
include almost 14,000 participants, over 2,000 exhibiting companies
and 4,700 buyers.
catwalk lit up New York
Jessica Minh Anh transformed
AIDAluna’s sun deck into the world’s newest runway
October 24, 2016
NEW YORK – Fashion
show production was taken to a whole new level yesterday when Jessica
Minh Anh hosted an impressive sky-high ocean catwalk overlooking New
York’s famous skyline. Nearly 100 exquisite haute couture and
innovative designs from 9 countries were premiered in what can only be
described as a flawless theatrical showcase of modern excellence.
Staged on the sun deck of the German cruise ship AIDAluna, J Autumn
Fashion Show 2016 celebrated the refreshing take on fashion of a new
generation of female leaders.
A perfect portrait of class
and elegance, Jessica Minh Anh opened the iconic catwalk in a 50’s
inspired green velvet abaya with striking metallic buttons by Debaj
Collection. Following the exotic beauty was a line up of models
showcasing artistic touches on Qatari traditional outfits.
Adding colours to the grand
catwalk, Peruvian designer Ani Alvarez Calderón premiered a red, gold,
and white collection, which focused on innovative craftsmanship and
characteristic textile pattern. The South American representative
successfully combined technological fabrics with handmade beadings
using her unique sense of Peruvian aesthetics.
Next, Polish renowed
designer Teresa Rosati brought romance, delicacy, and lightness with
her Victorian-style collection called the “Autumn Waves”. The artist
creatively used chiffon and organza with faded red, beige and green
colour palette to introduce modest cuts alongside ambiguous
transparency. Featuring stand-up collars, ruffles, and elaborate
embroidery and decoration, the collection transcended sophistication
Returning to Jessica Minh
Anh’s theatrical catwalk, Lebanese haute couturier Rouba.G presented a
daring and seductive lace-meet-leather collection to celebrate women’s
individuality and independence. Simultaneously, flowing sheer fabrics
were used to express femininity and softness. The captivating
“Romancing False Truths” designs revealed advanced fabric manipulation
and customisation. Indonesian representative Ivonne Magdalena
effectively inserted playful and chic elements onto the catwalk by
mixing bold colours with feminine details. Creating a mystic fusion of
lure and strength, her VONE collection defined the contemporary style
at its finest.
Chotronette from Romania
transformed the classic Eastern European look into the new age’s
romanticism with a timeless and dreamy collection. The exquisite
handmade designs are a visual playground of pastels and neon colours,
fluidity and shapes, with modernised details.
The mesmerising finale
collection by Lebanese fashion house Eden Haute Couture included
3-dimension embellishments and impeccable craftsmanship. The
collection spoke “couture” through its sumptuous fabrics, meticulously
hand beaded textiles, and distinctive cuts. Saving the best for last,
Jessica Minh Anh emerged and blossomed in a breath-taking multilayered
crystal dress against the epic backdrop of New York City.
To compliment Jessica Minh
Anh’s extraordinary vision, Red Market Salon exclusively created an
architectural hairstyle which mimicked the 3 famous bridges: the
Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, and Brooklyn Bridge. Jessica
Minh Anh’s flawless look was completed with various state-of-the-art
jewelry sets crafted by Brazilian talent Cristina Sabatini. The show
was supported by AIDA Cruises, Fotocare, Chicstudios NYC, New York
Printing Solutions, and Easy Print.
J Autumn Fashion Show 2016
marked Jessica Minh Anh’s 15th high profile showcase since her
history-making catwalk on the Tower Bridge in London. The
multitalented model and entrepreneur, who has continuously captured
the world’s attention, has already started planning her next
phenomenon. “I believe the most outstanding creations should be
showcased at the best of locations with unconventional catwalk
concepts. I’m determined to make it a reality every time” said Jessica
Minh Anh. For more info, visit www.jmodelmanagement.co.uk and follow @jessicaminhanh
for the catwalk video release.
Filipino overseas worker won labor case
October 22, 2016
MANILA – After almost
a year of waiting, the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) has
decided last week in favor of 26-year-old migrant worker Rafael Alejo
Ambrad, who stopped working after being permanently debilitated due to
severe overwork by his employer the Admiral Overseas Employment
Corporation and Medtel WN WILL.
Ambrad, who hails from Cebu
City (Philippines), was deployed in Qatar for Medtel WN WILL through
his recruitment agency Admiral as carpenter/gypsum installer. He
joined the company in September 2014, and on one occasion during his
employment was forced to do five days’ worth of work in only two days
with only one helper (the job would normally require at least four)
and no lifting device, as well as installing gypsum board in extremely
After this spell, Ambrad
quickly found himself in acute pain, suffering a lumbar sprain, a very
rare condition for young people. He can no longer lift heavy objects
and will never be able to work in construction again.
He resigned on March 2015 as
severe pain and the company’s refusal to provide assistance, paid sick
leave or cover medical fees meant he could no longer continue working.
Upon returning home, he filed a complaint at the National Labor
Relations Commission (NLRC) with the assistance from Associated Labor
Unions (ALU), a global union federation Building Woodworkers
International (BWI) Philippine affiliate.
The NLRC’s judgement found
that under the circumstances Ambrad’s resignation amounted to an
illegal dismissal, while the respondent continually ignored his
medical condition. For this the respondent is required to pay a
monetary award of QAR 20,063.83 (US$5,509). This includes the payment
of the six-month salary covering the unexpired portion of his
contract, unpaid salary of one month, gratuity pay, annual leave pay,
refund of PATAKA (RPID), salary differential of 200 QAR per month for
18 months period and 10% attorney’s fees.
“My Qatar experience is very
traumatic,” reflected Ambrad, who is now a college student. “I felt
helpless and I thought I will be like some of the Filipino migrant
workers who will go home in a coffin. For me, going back home alive is
a miracle, and now winning this case, is completely wonderful. I will
be forever grateful to the BWI who never gave up on me. I felt like I
am part of a family.”