Pinoy expat bloggers to launch 2 OFW social service groups

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2010 02:41 PM | Updated as of Oct 24 2010 12:18 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Two action-oriented groups aimed at delivering social services to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be launched in December.

Pinoy Expats OFW Blog Awards Inc. (PEBA), an alliance of international Filipino bloggers, announced the launching of its New Media Network Group and OFW Alliance Action Group.

“The PEBA New Media Network Group will post news events and stories through video blogs and articles that are relevant to the lives of Filipino migrant workers,” said Program Director Felix Jigs Segre, PEBA’s head of Public Relations and Media Affairs.

The New Media Network Group aims to provide firsthand and accurate reporting of events to promote greater awareness of the plight of Filipinos living and working abroad.

“In line with the primary objective is to provide [the] means to act on the issue arising from the story, especially if it involves the welfare and safety of our kababayans abroad,” said Segre.

The PEBA OFW Alliance Action Group, on the other hand, is an online referral action center that would assist Pinoy migrant workers or their families in addressing their concerns and in bringing the matter to the appropriate government agencies for immediate response.

“The presence of prominent Filipino community leaders in PEBA’s network of bloggers would definitely be an advantage due to their existing civic efforts in their host countries,” Segre said.

The 2 groups would operate under the management of PEBA and will be carried out by its members and volunteers in the Philippines and around the world.

“PEBA deemed it necessary to provide [an] easily-accessible channel to help migrant workers and engage the National Government, NGOs and even the global community to further and safeguard the welfare of the Filipino migrant workers using today’s most powerful new media, the Internet,” he said.

The launching will coincide with the 3rd Annual International Pinoy Expats OFW Blog Awards on December 16.

With the theme, “Strengthening the OFW Families: Stronger Homes for a Stronger Nation”, the event will be held at Teatrino, Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.

PEBA originally serves as an award-giving body that recognizes and honors the exemplary work of blogging Filipino expats and OFWs. (Related story: Blog awards for Pinoy expats, OFWs set)

Last year’s Top 10 PEBA winners were:

Isla de Nebz (Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia)
Pink Tarha Girls (Riyadh, KSA)
Wits and Spirits (Bangkok, Thailand)
Francesca in France (Nice, France)
A Piece of Cake (Yishun, Singapore)
Palipasan (Doha, Qatar)
Top Express (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Boni Station (Damman, Saudi Arabia)
Ba Be Bi Bebing (Georgia, USA)
Hulascoop, atbp. (Misawa, Japan)