Hundreds of migrant communities across Australia will lose their ability to send money home to family and friends safely and securely if banks continue their plans to close the accounts of remitters.

Without bank accounts in Australia, money transfer providers cannot complete the transfer of their customers’ funds to destination countries, which means that hundreds of thousands of Filipino migrants will no longer be able to support their families and communities overseas. Read the rest of this entry »

Hundreds of migrant communities across Australia will lose their ability to send money home to family and friends safely and securely if banks continue their plans to close the accounts of remitters.

Without bank accounts in Australia, money transfer providers cannot complete the transfer of their customers’ funds to destination countries, which means that hundreds of thousands of Filipino migrants will no longer be able to support their families and communities overseas.

For many Filipinos living in Australia, the low-cost, secure money transfer services of registered remitters is the only way they can send essential funds home safely and securely. These funds are considered a lifeline to the many communities that depend on them. Read the rest of this entry »

As previously mentioned in this paper, I am no great lover of Filipino food but I just couldn’t decline the invitation extended to me by Tourism Attaché

Consuelo Jones and Marideth Laquian, Reservations Manager of Shangri-La Sydney. As expected, the two ladies gave me hugs and kisses at the entrance to the restaurant. That was more than enough consolation for the long walk I took from Wynyard Station to the hotel location at The Rocks. Read the rest of this entry »

Alric Bulseco’s latest ballistic outburst during the PCC’s September board meeting left members appalled and shocked. As always, PCC President Jun Relunia took the high road and walked away. Some may look at it as an isolated case and may choose to cut him some slack but it really is one scream too many. The new members on the PCC Board should look at the whole picture and see that there is a pattern in this man’s behaviour. Read the rest of this entry »

In May 2005 Imelda Marcos needed US$1.5 million purportedly to pay for legal services rendered by the lawyers who handled her cases abroad. Her immediate problem was sourcing. The Philippine government has apparently been doing an excellent job in ensuring that  the sequestered Marcos assets remained sequestered, and beyond the reach of the former First Lady. The formal banking sector was obviously out of bounds, leaving her no alternative but to tap sources within the underground economy under conditions of secrecy and anonymity. Read the rest of this entry »