- KABLOGS is the only site, the one and only site that has a comprehensive list of all OFW and Filipino Expats bloggers around the world.
- KABLOGS is the one and only site that aggregates the post of these bloggers, giving visitors a diverse snippets of each bloggers post from four corners of the globe, kung may corners ang round globe, hehe.
- KABLOGS is gearing to be an online magazine as well, featuring stories from bloggers, and even the life of fellow bloggers, and OFW's heroism.
- KABLOGS is developing as a social medium for OFW and OFW Bloggers, with Social Station through Ning, and the newly built KABLOGS Forum
- KABLOGS is also a helpcenter, with its tie up with the BLAS OPLE POLICY CENTERwhich will be formalized soon, KABLOGS and OPLE CENTER will work hand in hand in serving Filipino workers in distress anywhere in the world.
- KABLOGS will always be the social arm and gateway to PEBA, implementing social and charity projects.
- KABLOGS hopefully with its growing number of supporters will try to voice and be vocal in our stand in issues that directly affects our national interest and welfare of the OFW's.
From our humble beginnings in 2008 with a desire to unite the Global Filipino bloggers by building an aggregate and directory site at thoughtsmoto.blogspot.com, the phenomenal growth of our members and supporters have given us new feathers in our wings to fly and reach for greater heights and crossed borders.
(Kenji added a puppy in this post, hoping you will take KABLOGS like a puppy, cuddling and tickling, and yes, feeding, as part of your daily OFW or blogging experience. )
Today, as we observe the Valentine's Day, reciprocating to our readers and our love for our fellow OFW members and supporters, we are proud to welcome you all to our new home: ofwkablogs.com
Our new domain serves a broader purpose as we shift from our traditional aggregate blog site to an active blog organization highlighting each blogs as distinct in bringing their human side to life and through its diverse talents as Global Filipinos forging a powerful partnership in pioneering advocacy geared towards national unity, peace and development and volunteerism as embark on plan to embark on our journey to worthwhile and meaningful community projects this 2010.
(This article was excerpted from an article by Veronica Uy published in PDI, originally entitled 'The math of putting an OFW in the Senate' by Digno Dennis Durens. The article explained how OFWs can collectively win the candidacy of Rudy Dianalan, a Jeddah-based OFW leader, to the Senate. According to PDI, the Commission on Elections is still deliberating Dianalan's inclusion in the official list of senatorial candidates. If you will read the full article, you will notice that it didn't only talk of how powerful OFWs can be in ensuring a win for our representative in the Senate. More notably important is how it talks of our power as voters and how wide and strong our influence can be within our family).
"There are 7 million overseas Filipino workers worldwide. Assuming 30 percent will be able to vote, that's about 2.1 million votes. Assuming an average family size of 4 (husband, wife, and two children of voting age), that's now 8.4 million votes. I am sure that we can convince our immediate family 100 percent to vote for a fellow-OFW. Assuming further that each of the 2.1 million OFWs with a chance to vote will target 15 other Filipinos from his/her circle of relatives (parents, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces) and friends (barkada, kaklase, kapitbahay, kababata, etc), this is equivalent to 31.5 million votes. (That's a) total of 39.9 million (8.4 plus 31.5) votes...
It really doesn't matter kung nasa abroad tayo, we can still do our share in the campaign.
Now ikalat na natin ang mathematical calculation na to, na we can do it and it's really very easy.
We have been glamorized as modern day heroes, savior of the nation, redeemer in times of economic distress. Pero hindi natin maramdaman eto and individually as an OFW wala naman tayong nakikitang prestige or glamor.
The facts are pag nasa Pinas tayo, sinisigawan lang tayo ng isang sekyu sa airport at tinataboy ang ating mga mahal sa buhay na parang mga hayop na umalis na at madaliin ang pagpapa-alam.
Saan ba sila naghihintay pag dumadating ka? Sa isang higanteng hawla, kala mo pumunta ka sa Manila Zoo. Paghalik mo tuloy sa asawa mo at mga anak mo nahilamusan ka pa ng pawis nila.
Pag nasa POEA ka, doon sa basement ka kukuha ng OEC, at ganun din kabangis ang asal ng mga sekyu at workers doon (I quite disagree with that line about POEA's security guards -- I thought they're very polite. I can't say the same with POEA's basement employees; I thought they all need replacing! - Nebz). Pag nagipit ka, sino ba ang nalalapitan mo sa gobyerno, mayron naman dyan pero libo-libo kayong may problema, kaya wala kang priority. May programa ba tayong purely for OFWs? I think wala. Sa SSS at Pag-big at Medicare, singit lang tayo. Ang OWWA naman, aywan kung ano to, basta nagbayad tayo kasi kailangan ng OEC. (I must commend Philhealth though because we got at least around 20% discount when my father last entered the hospital for a treatment - Nebz.)
Nakita nyo ba sa TV yung mga depedents natin nag-aaway-away na sa pila sa OWWA para makahiram lang ng sampung libo dahil sa nakaraang bagyong Ondoy at Pepeng. Madami tayong hinaing, maraming problema ang supposed to be heroes na alam naman natin na "lip service" lang ang bansag sa atin na to. "Hero ka dyan."
Our impact on our country is gained from our collective efforts particularly yung suma total ng ating remittances. The key word or the operative word here is "collective." Individually, walang effect. Yung $1,000 na pinadala mo, walang effect. But the $1,000 na pinadala ng 5 milyong OFWs sa isang buwan is equivalent to $5 billion, yun ang may impact. Its about time para gamitin din natin ang ating collective power, we have this in our hands but not as individuals but as OFWs collectively, acting as one huge, gigantic force.
Let's start with this electoral exercise, iparamdam na natin kung sino tayo. Let's start doing things from the position of strength. Pakita natin na we are a force to reckon with, that we can indeed make or break our nation. One OFW in the Senate is not too much to ask for. Set aside natin ang president and vice president. I'm sure we have our own choices. Kaya natin to, look at the numbers and look at your share in the undertaking. Peanuts, no sweat. Let's not forget the operative word "collective." For once, let us start being one."
(Amen to that - Nebz.)
Here's the full file of the Kablogs' call for responsible voting.
If you wish to download it for your sidebar, here's a smaller version of the advert.
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