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Volume 1 Issue 1 November 2007

S eoul, South Korea – The

Filipino EPS Workers
Association (FEWA) inducted
institution and I think we
should go on serving the
Filipino migrant workers
its new set of officers at St. together.” he added.
Benedict Catholic Church
Annex building, Hyehwa-dong FEWA Adviser Emely
last Sept 2. Dicolen-Abagat, Ph.D. , in
her video message
FEWA oath taking ( Left – Right ) Board Members:
Labor Attaché (Labatt), Atty. congratulated the Filipino-
Marcelino Serdeña, Bernard Aque, Aquilino Juanites
Delmer R. Cruz of the Philippine EPS Workers Association Jr. , Joel Petallana and Alwyin Casiño. Sofonias
Overseas Labor Office (POLO) (FEWA) and the outgoing Paragsa- Vice President, Loreto Agustin –President
presided the oath taking ceremony officers. “Nakatapos na and Labor attaché, Atty. Delmer R. Cruz inducting
for the newly elected officers and kayo ng one year , alam ko officer ( extreme right ) Not in photo are Board
napakahirap ng organizing Members Engr. Rogelio Domingo, Julius Caesar
reminded them of their duties and Ocampo and Charlie Compra.
responsibilities as leaders to their stage but at least
fellow EPS workers as well as to now on your second year . To the
the community as a whole. “A outgoing officers congratulations you
leader must be a servant.” Labatt have done a good job, you really did
Cruz said. well, saludo ako sa inyo”, she said.
turn to page 8 Issues and Challenges under the
Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP of Employment Permit System
By: Joyce Ann O. Dela Cruz
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center for
Filipino Migrants emphasized the The author is a graduate student of Asian
importance of building a positive Studies major in Korean Studies from the
image of OFWs worldwide. Asian Center, University of the Philippines
– Diliman. She is an awardee of Exchange
Fellowship Programme under ASEAN-ROK
EPS workers must learn how to be
Academic Exchange Programme 2007
thankful of the opportunity in
South Korea and cultivate a sense
of stewardship. “ Sana kasama ng
V isiting Manila
Archbishop, His
Eminence Cardinal
facilitated by the ASEAN University Network
through which the conduct of field research
in South Korea was made possible.
inyong mga members, aasahan Gaudencio B. Rosales Currently, she is also working as a
D.D, led the Holy Mass Research Analyst for the Occupational
namin na gagampanan ninyo ang
Safety and Health Center, Department of
inyong tungkulin ng may katapatan held at the Tongsong
Labor and Employment.
at sipag”, the priest added. auditorium in

Fr. Alvin also shared his fulfilling

experiences as parish priest in
Sept. 23.
T he Philippines is among the first
countries to sign
Memorandum of Understanding

Mandaluyong City where he In his Homily, the cardinal explained (MOU) with South Korea in August
served as adviser to different how Christianity gained its foothold in 2004 to implement the new
people’s organizations mostly in the country . “There are 103 saints Employment Permit System EPS.
urban centers . here in Korea. Ironically, our country, Currently, Overseas Filipino
hailed as the only Christian nation in Workers OFWs in South Korea is
The soft spoken priest encouraged Asia and has one saint, not a cardinal, comprised of 18, 665 or about 24
the new officers to leave a lasting not a bishop nor a priest but a layman- percent of the foreign workers,
legacy to the organization . “The San Lorenzo Ruiz” he remarked. ranking only second to Vietnamese
Catholic Center is a pro-worker workers.
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A deeper glance to Filipino’s
Heart, Mind and Soul

P eople need information. We need knowledge that

will help us to understand our society, provide a
healthy environment and nurture our well-being. Active
and effective participation in the community is based on
our ability to speak, listen, read, and write with
consistency, confidence, purpose, and enjoyment in a
wide range of context . These virtues gave birth to the
creation of this publication.

SULYAPINOY: “Sulyap”, a Filipino word which means “Take a glance” is

the origin of this newsletter's name: SULYAPINOY. Our
The Voice of the Modern Living Heroes eyes are the vital instrument in witnessing the accounts
in the society where we, EPS workers belong to.

F inally, the voice of the Overseas Filipino Workers

under the Employment Permit System (EPS) has
finally given a chance to be heard.
SULYAPINOY embodies every thought and sentiments
of all Filipino Migrant Workers in Korea which aims to
capture every single detailed expression may it be
political, social, cultural or personal aspect of our lives.
Rest assured, SULYAPINOY newsletter will always Therefore, SULYAPINOY is the voice of the Modern
strive to make its articles significant and informative. It Living Heroes.
will also provide basic Korean labor laws, basic Korean
language, updates and announcements from the Ministry Our objective is to deliver informative, fair and balanced
of Labor, Ministry of Justice, Philippine Overseas Labor reportage, not an argument. Where the facts are clear,
Office (POLO), Philippine Embassy and other associated we hope we will not fail from explaining what they reveal,
organizations. making clear what is essential, relevant, and what is only
suggested. We hope, however, we are not seen as
On the other hand, we would like to thank Ms. Dinah A. simply taking sides. Our intention is to inform, not to
Magat –FEWA adviser, for helping and encouraging us persuade. We will try to be as transparent as possible
to turn our dream of having a newsletter into a reality. To about sources and methods, and to make it clear when
Engr. Wayne D. Manabat for the SULYAPINOY logo we are laying out data and when we have carefully move
design, to all FEWA officers and volunteer members, to into analysis of the data. We will persist, to the best of
our spiritual adviser Fr. Glenn Giovanni B. Jaron, MSP our ability and the limits of time, and seek out multiple
and FEWA adviser Prof. Emely Dicolen-Abagat, Ph.D., sources of information for comparison where they exist.
our newsletter consultant Fr. Alvin Parantar , MSP., This will serve as instrument to bring out our sentiments
Fr. Eugene Docoy, SVD., Bro. Jojo Geronimo, and and predicaments as we enjoy the freedom to live and to
Prof. Luz Suplico. Our sincerest gratitude also to Her be heard.
Excellency Ambassador Susan Castrence, Labor
Attaché Delmer R. Cruz, OWWA Senior Officer Elizabeth
Marie Estrada and to all POLO Staff, Joyce Ann Dela
Cruz and Ms. Armida Geronimo of University of the
Philippines. To Mr. Simon Choi and Mr. Kim Jae of OK
Vision Asia for their generosity. Above all, to our God EDITORIAL STAFF
Almighty for the wisdom, strength and courage. Words
may not be enough but we would like to extend our Editor-in-Chief: Rebenson B. Recaña
earnest gratefulness to everyone who have supported News Editor: Edward A. Castro
Feature Editor: Elizer M. Peñaranda
us in achieving our goals and objectives. Literary Editor: Amie Sison
Sports Editor: Dondave Jabay
SULYAPINOY aims to deliver news and information that Circulation Managers: Alwyin A. Casiño, Aquilino J. Juanites Jr.
Contributors: Sofonias N. Paragsa, Aquilino J. Juanites Jr.
will directly affect the lives and working conditions of our Mike Balba, Rebeck Beltran, Joyce Ann O. Dela Cruz
fellow Filipino migrant workers in South Korea. Layout: blythe
Graphics: Wayne D. Manabat

Let this be a channel for expressing opinions as well as Adviser: Dinah A. Magat
ideas among fellow EPS workers in order to develop a Consultant: Fr. Alvin Parantar, MSP
Office Address: 115-9 Songbuk-gu, Songbuk-dong, Seoul Korea
two- way communication between FEWA officers and its Editorial Address: OK AIRTEL VISION ASIA, Vision Bldg.
members. We hope that this will serve as instrument to # 85-3, Hyehwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
improve our collective working conditions here in Korea. (in front of the Hyehwa-dong Catholic Church)
Line 4 (Blue) Exit # 1 Tel. No. 02-744-0066
Filipino Migrant workers… fighting!!!



Archdiocesan Pastoral Center
OFFICE OF THE AMBASSADOR for Filipino Migrants


Congratulations to the officers and members of the Filipino EPS Congratulations to the Filipino EPS Workers Association
Workers Association (FEWA) for the launch of SULYAPINOY!
for creating SULYAPINOY newsletter. I hope this will be
This new initiative undoubtedly is another step forward in
FEWA's service-oriented advocacy. another good venue to transmit reliable, better and
A newsletter is an effective tool in further empowering Filipino accurate information. I hope that this publication will be
workers in Korea particularly through the dissemination of basic
information about labor laws and proper procedures in dealing able to answer many of the questions that our
with the Korean authorities.
kababayans are asking regarding labor issues and
The publication will likewise keep Pinoys abreast of current
goings-on in their community, not to mention the spice that will problems.
be offered by its entertainment, literary and sports sections.

Indeed, SULYAPINOY, as its name connotes, will be a truly

Pinoy paper for Pinoys in Korea. More power to FEWA and God bless all your efforts in
I encourage FEWA to continue with its unwavering dedication to assisting your fellow migrant workers.
the service of Pinoy workers in Korea, the FilCom, and our
beloved country.

(Sgd.) Susan O. Castrence (Sgd.) Fr. Glenn Giovanni B. Jaron, MSP
Ambassador Spiritual Adviser– FEWA

Archdiocesan Pastoral Center
PHILIPINE OVERSEAS for Filipino Migrants


I wish to congratulate the officers and members of FEWA, KUDOS!!!!!!!!

especially its new President, Loreto and immediate Past
President, Reeve, for coming up with a newsletter entitled My sincerest greetings to all FEWA officers and members for
SULYAPINOY. coming up with the maiden issue of the SULYAPINOY, the
newsletter of the Filipino EPS Workers Association.
Already, FEWA, under the guidance of its advisers, Fathers
Glenn and Alvin, Dr. Emely and Ms. Dinah, has been at the This project is a big leap towards the dissemination of important
forefront of active service to Filipino EPS workers in Korea.
information concerning the EPS workers and to all its members,
FEWA’s members and volunteers have selflessly devoted
and to the Filipino Community in Korea, in general. In addition,
even their supposed rest time in assisting and counseling
distressed OFWs. this is a good way of reaching out to the EPS workers outside
Seoul and in enhancing the writing and literary skills of the EPS
Indeed, FEWA’s maiden publication of SULYAPINOY is workers.
another milestone in its track record of unflinching dedication
to service, for it shall serve as a forum for timely information, Let the fire burning!!!! With the talented people in your
relevant education and exchange of creative ideas among organization, I am sure that you will be able to achieve the goals
OFWs. and objectives you have designed for this project. Just keep
your focus. I share with you my favorite saying…. “What you are
FEWA undoubtedly has lived up to its motto, “What you are is is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” Give
God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God”. Him back the glory!!!!!

Mabuhay ang FEWA! Mabuhay ang Filipino!

(Sgd.) Prof. Emely Dicolen-Abagat, Ph.D.
(Sgd.) Atty. DELMER R. CRUZ
Labor Attaché Adviser– FEWA


Note: Foreign workers, both Indus- privilege to present you this report.
Labor Policy trial Trainee System (ITS) and
Employment Permit System (EPS) FEWA ORGANIZED
Updates on EPS who depart from Korea possessing
By: Aquilino J. Juanites Jr.
Certificate of Reemployment and FEWA was organized on July 2,
CCVI may reenter Korea one 2006, born out of many problems we
month after the departure date. have encountered ranging from the

T oday is the kick off of

SULYAPINOY, the official
publication of FEWA. Allow me to
violation of standard labor contract
to outright physical and verbal
abuses. It is an organization
use this precious space of this paper composed entirely of volunteers
to express my deepest thanks and According to the National Pension sharing resources and efforts for the
gratitude to our outgoing set of System NPS, REFUND can no welfare of our fellow EPS workers.
officers and volunteers for devoting longer be obtained here in Korea. It is a non- stock, non-profit, non-
their time, effort and patience to the You can only get it when you go partisan organization, founded on
organization. Their efforts helped back to the Philippines, though you the principles of God-centeredness,
ease the burden of our fellow EPS can apply for LUMP SUM humaneness and patriotism,
workers who may be suffering from REFUND at any NPS Regional working for the common good and
emotional, physical and cultural office. The requirements are as the empowerment of all Filipino
stress. We salute all of you, follows: Copy of your Alien migrant workers.
congratulations for the job well done. Registration Card ( ARC ) , Bank
I hope that you always keep FEWA account in the Philippines and the POLO REGISTRATION
in your hearts. Thank you very much accomplish Application for Refund
to the former FEWA president and Application for Overseas T h e F i l i p i n o E P S W o rk e r s
Rebenson B. Recaña . I also hope Remittance form. Association (FEWA) was the first
that the new set of officers will do officially registered EPS association
their best , and has the will, honesty The refund will be remitted to at the Philippine Embassy through
and determination to pursue the designated bank account upon its labor office known as Philippine
organization’s objectives. confirmation by the National Overseas Labor Office (POLO) with
Pension Office , with the registration number OFW-KOREA-
The LABOR POLICY UPDATES Immigration Office of the exit of 2006-001.
section will publish updates from the worker from Korea.
both the sending and host country FEWA is also recognized by the
objectively and accurately in the Note: You can verify your NPS Hyehwa-dong Filipino Catholic
next issue of our newsletter with the contribution at any NPS Regional Community and on April 29, 2007 it
help of Philippine Overseas Labor Office or log on to www.nps.or.kr was awarded a certificate of
Office POLO. appreciation personally given by
Fr. Glenn Giovanni B. Jaron, MSP,
Furthermore, I would like to inform IN THE SPIRIT OF together with a representative from
the Philippine Embassy Vice consul
my fellow EPS workers of the
following things:
VOLUNTEERISM Juan “Jade” Dayang at the
Hyehwa-dong Catholic Church.
President’s Report
A. Three (3) years - Rehiring or
Reemployment System Procedure
1. An employer has to renew labor
contract within 30-90 days prior to
I t is the privilege
of the Filipino
EPS W ork ers

expiration of worker’s VISA. Association Our association promulgated its

2.The employer applies for worker’s (FEWA) to be constitution and by-laws that
Visa, within two (2) weeks upon entrusted with the reflects the interest of our fellow
application and if approved, a responsibility of EPS workers .It was revised to suit
Rebenson Recaña its purpose and unanimously
Certificate of Confirmation of Visa Past FEWA President establishing and
Issuance (CCVI) is issued by the guiding the newly approved by the FEWA volunteer
Immigration Office. In some cases, organized EPS association here in members during the referendum
only a Secret Control Number is South Korea. exercises on June 24, 2007 and July
given to the employer. Only the 1 respectively. This constitution and
CCVI or the Secret Number is For a very short period of time, fifty by-laws will serve as a guide manual
required by the Korean Embassy in three ( 53 ) days to be exact in my for every member of this association
the Philippines, when the worker term of office as president, your in the understanding of its individual
applies for Visa. mandate was my inspiration in the rights .Above all, this will serve as
3. At the POEA, please proceed to discharged of my duties and reference for the future officers of
the BALIK MANGAGAWA section. responsibilities. It is therefore my the association. (To be continued)



Compiled by Reeve
By: Sofonias ‘Chabok’ Paragsa Para Sa Iyo Kabayan
Kungmin yeongum
Isang pagpupugay , pagbati sa tanan,
2. STANDARD LABOR CONTRACT Ang handog nitong pamunuan,
Kullo keyakso Sa inyo mga kapatid at kababayan,
Mga manggagawa sa EPS program.
Kon-gang pohom Ito pong munting ating pahayagan,
4. PASSPORT-Yokwon nawa'y magdulot ito sa inyo ng kasiyahan.
Makapulot tayo para sa ating kaalaman
5. CERTIFICATE OF ALIEN REGISTRATION Mga karapatang pwede nating ipaglaban.
( Alien card ) Wegugin Dungnok-jeung
Matuto nawa tayong maki alam,
Mga karapatan ay ating malaman
7. MINISTRY OF JUSTICE- Pommu-bu Mga panuntunan, mga batas sa pagawaan,
8. EMPLOYMENT SECURITY CENTER Upang pang-aabuso’y ating maiwasan.

Koyong Anjong Senta Kailangan ang tulong mo aking kapatid,

9. HOSPITAL- Pyong-won May misyon tayong gampanin, wag ipagkait.
Nasa bawat isa'y ating ipabatid,
Karapata'y ipag laban sa paraang matuwid.
Kon-gang Jindanseo
11. MIGRANT CENTER- Sangdam-seo Tulong mo tulong ko ‘pag pinagsama-sama
Note: Answers should be in Hanguel. Lalo na't panalangin ito ang mauuna
12. COMPANY- Hwesa Sa bawat problemang susuungin
13. MONTHLY SALARY- Wolgup ng bawat isa,
ACROSS Solusyon nito'y makakamtan
14. OVERTIME- Janop
Dahil sa pananalig sa kanya.
1. moving star
2 telephone
Yagan Sudang
4. children’s book F.E.W.A
16. OVERTIME PAY- Janop-bi 7. safety first Ni: Michael B. Balba
Wolgup Kesan 11. Kyeonggi-do city F-ilipinong manggagawa dito sa Korea,
18. PAYSLIP- Wolgup Kesan-seo
12. shower Nagbuklod-buklod at nagsama-sama,
Sa isang layunin lahat nagkaisa,
19. REGULAR TIME Ating karapatan ipaglaban t'wina.
Il sigan (working time) 1. Center for Filipino Community in Korea
3. notebook
E-spesyal talaga ang ating samahan,
20. BREAKTIME- Shinun sigan
Sapagkat marami ang natutulungan,
21. HOLIDAY- Konghyu-il 5. Tuesday Mga Filipinong mayro'ng dinaramdam
22. BANK- Unheng
6. a.m Taos puso dito na dinadamayan.
7 . don’t
23. BANKBOOK- T’ongjang
8. ancestral rites W-ala ngang katulad ang ating samahan,
24. RELEASE PAPER- Koyong Heje-seo 9. Japan Pagkat lahat tayo ay magkakaibigan,
25. BANKRUPT- Podo nassoyo 10. sunbathing Laging sama-sama at nagdadamayan,
T'wina nasa puso ang panunungkulan.

Become a FEWA member and A-ko'y nagagalak pagkat napabilang,

At naging kasapi ng ating samahan,
Tangi kong dalangin sa Poong Maykapal,
Sa lahat ng oras tayo'y bendisyunan.

Membership Forms are available at the
FEWA Office (during Sundays only)
115-9 Songbuk-gu, Songbuk-dong, Seoul Korea or at
Woori Bank Hyehwa-dong Branch




Filipino Community. The following Labor related laws apply to foreign workers
Labatt Cruz inducts… during the period of employment identical
Also, the adviser reminded the new day, the cardinal visited the
to Korean workers such as Labor
officers saying “Sana mas mahigitan Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that Standard Act, Minimum Wages Act,
pa ninyo ang mga nagawang separated the two Koreas. ( Reeve) Industrial Safety Health Act. They are
accomplishments noong nakaraang issued E-9 sojourn status securing them
OFW’s in South Korea... legal employment status as foreign
taon. I hope that you will continue the
They work mostly in the workers.
endeavors started last year”. “ As
manufacturing sector and small-
your adviser, nandito lang ako para Issues and Challenges of OFWs under
scale family owned enterprises.
tumulong and to provide all the the EPS
They are recruited primarily to do Under the research grant of the ASEAN
trainings and seminars that you need.
“3D jobs” - those identified as dirty, University Network Exchange Fellowship
Ipagpatuloy ninyo ang lahat ng
dangerous and difficult jobs Programme 2007, this study was
nasimulan and congratulations.” she conducted to give focus on the issues and
rejected by local workers.
added. challenges relating to OFWs in South
Korea deployed under the Employment
The induction was also graced by The EPS is South Korea’s main Permit System after its introduction in
labor policy mechanism that 2004.
OWWA Welfare Senior Officer
Elizabeth Marie R. Estrada and implemen ts go ve rnmen t to
government labor migration of Researches on OFWs all over the world
Welfare Officer Esperanza including studies on migrant workers in
workers to the country. With the
Cobarrubias, Bro. Moises Robert South Korea have been conducted in the
Olavides- Regent Seminarian of the goal of enhancing cooperation in past, but after three years of the signing of
the field of labor and human the Memorandum of Understanding on the
MSP, PHILTRUST Travel Center
capability building, the Philippine EPS between the Philippines and South
President and FEWA Adviser- Dinah
A. Magat, FEWA volunteer members government designated Philippine Korea, there are but limited studies on its
Overseas Employment Agency implementation and on OFWs deployed
and guests from the different Filipino under this system. This study aimed to
community organizations. (Reeve) (POEA) as the primary agency
contribute to the existing literature on the
responsible for the sending of topic.
Cardinal Rosales... workers, and its counterpart
However, he admired the Filipino Korean Ministry of Labor as the This research, largely descriptive and
people for their Filipino values such primary Korean government exploratory, utilized the purposive sampling
agency responsible for the approach. Survey was administered
as bayanihan and strong faith in God.
through face to face interviews of sixty (60)
Assisted by Fr. Glenn Giovanni B. screening and pre-qualifying of
OFWs. The researcher conducted the
Jaron, the cardinal ended his homily OFWs in Korea. interviews from period August to October
by reminding OFWs here in Korea 2007 in Seoul, South Korea. The
that is to uphold their strong faith to The Employment Permit Philippine Overseas Labor Office, the
uphold their strong faith to God, be System Filipino Catholic Center in Hyewa-dong as
The Employment Permit System well as the Filipino EPS Workers
righteous and cheerful as well. Association (FEWA), a Philippine
enables firms, which are not able to
Overseas Labor Office ( POLO) registered
At the end, the prelate asked the find domestic workers, to employ an organization of OFWs in South Korea
congregation to sing a popular appropriate number of migrant under the EPS program were valuable
religious song that everybody can workers. Under the Employment key informants in this research study.
Permit System, migrant workers are
sing as a devotion to the Blessed
issued unskilled employment visas Upcoming issues of SULYAPINOY will
Mother of all catholic. feature in detail the research findings.
(E-9) which allows them to find jobs
involving manual tasks, sign a labor
On th e s a i d o c c a s i o n , th e contract with a Korean employer As more and more Filipinos try their luck
Hyehwa-dong Filipino Catholic overseas to work as migrant workers,
before entering the country, and every country they go to presents a
Community (HFCC) gave plaques of work for up to three years at a small- differently new culture and therefore new
recognition to different organizations and-medium-sized manufacturer challenges. Filipino migrant workers in
and individuals who contributed with less than 300 employees in the South Korea are no different, they each
greatly to the progress and agricultural, livestock or coastal have their own experiences and stories to
developments and have inspired the fishing industries. tell. (To be continued)


please submit them to the following email addresses: Different opinions are encourage to stimulate member
input and involvement. SULYAPINOYs role is to provide
News: sulyap_news@hotmail.com Feature: sulyap_feature@hotmail.com information that permits FEWA members to develop
Literary: sulyap_literary@hotmail.com Sports: sulyap_sports@hotmail.com informed opinions on subjects that will affect their status as
migrant workers and, in some instances, their personal
Editor-in-Chief: sulyap_chiefeditor@hotmail.com
lives. FEWA does not hold itself responsible for
• We reserve the right to refuse any submission we deem does not meet our
statements made by any contributor. Statements or
policies and guidelines. opinions expressed in SULYAPINOY reflect the views
of the author(s) and not the official policy of FEWA
SULYAPINOY is still in need of writers. Aspirants may email the Chief Editor
to the email stated above. Thank you for your time and interest! unless so stated.

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