Wednesday, February 29, 2012

PEBA is partnering with SSS

Negotiations are on-going for an SSS and PEBA partnership for 2012. It should be noted that in 2010 SSS sponsored PEBA’s Annual International Blog Awards. Various activities are being developed by PEBA to help promote among OFW SSS 55th Anniversary this coming September 2012.

(Members of the board of judges)

SSS aims to cover and get more OFW members. Relying on the power of the word-of-mouth strategy for OFW to entice their fellow migrant workers, they are running a contest, member-get-member promo. Complete details of the contest can be found here:  https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/index2.jsp?secid=2064&cat=6&pg=null

(Drawing winners from Asia)

Having launched the promo few months back, yesterday 29 February 2012 a total of 9 lucky winners were drawn, 3 each from Asia, Middle-east and Europe (plus other regions).

For those living in Saudi Arabia might find Pink Tarha’s web site informative; complete with contact details on how to become an SSS member. Check their site here -http://www.thepinktarha.com/2011/03/how-to-pay-your-sss-and-pag-ibig.html

As PEBA founder posted on his wall:

As an OFW, I would rather invest in paying my SSS, maybe P6K a year as an investment that is truly worth it instead of buying a gadget.
SSS is an insurance and a saving, rolled into one.

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PEBA is helping SSS to promote its aim to cover more OFW since we believe that with a social security an OFW provides protection not only for himself but his family and also a pension when he retires aside from the other benefits SSS provides.

To find out the complete list of winners please check this link - https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/index2.jsp?secid=2267&cat=6

©2012 Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards

Saturday, February 11, 2012


"Newly crowned IBF light flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero, his promoter Sammy Gello-ani and the members of Team Casimero have one simple message after the 22 year old Filipino won the title but was viciously attacked by thugs masquerading as fans and even members of badly beaten former champion Luis Lazarte – “Don’t cry for me Argentina!” reported by Ronnie Nathanielsz of PhilBoxing.com.

An emotional but joyful Gello-ani told us in the end it was all worthwhile because Casimero “ did his best to get the title back to Philippines the hard way and this is his best gift to our countrymen. Besides, the title victory was dedicated to his younger brother who died of a heart problem just one day before Johnriel left Cebu for the fight in Argentina. It’s Casimero’s birthday on February 13 and there could be no better gift to share with his family and his countrymen.” 

Gello-ani in an overseas telephone conversation with the Manila Standard said the announced gameplan of working to the body and wearing down the former champion who is 40 years old worked, but as the bout progressed points were deducted for head-butting from both Lazarte and Casimero. 

Gello-ani said that “a first round slip by Casimero was ruled a knockdown but it did not bother Casimero.” 

He said American referee Eddie Claudio was able to control the fight most of the way. Gello-ani told us “Casimero dropped Lazarte with a right cross in the 9th round. Lazarte stood up before the count of 8 and continued fighting but Casimero caught him again in the dying seconds of the round sending the Argentine to the canvas. Referee Claudio started the count and Lazarte stood up but was saved by the bell.” 

In the 10th round Casimero dropped Lazarte again but the game former world champion beat the count one more time before Casimero caught him on the ropes and pounced on the hapless Lazarte with a series of punches and as he was going down again referee Claudio stopped the fight. 

While both fighters were waiting for the announcement Gello-ani said “all of a sudden debris including cups and water bottles were thrown into the ring along with plastic chairs.” 

Gello-ani and the other members of Casimero’s team pulled the new champion who was celebrating on top of the ropes in one corner and took him to the center of the ring since people from the camp of Lazarte who were mostly members of a Truckers group were all around the ring apron. 

He said “some of them climbed into the ring and started hitting and kicking members of Casimero’s team. We decided to go nearer the police officers around the ring but people kept throwing anything even hitting the police injuring some of them.” 

It was at this point that Gello-ani said he “lost sight of Casimero.” He discovered later that “referee Claudio took the fighter down the ring where one of our friends Osvaldo Prado hid him under the ring until the riot was over. Prado told me not to worry because Casimero was safe under the ring.” 

Police escorted Team Casimero to their dressing room and stood guard. Referee Claudio was taken to hospital with an injury and although the members of Team Casimero had bruises they did not agree to go to the hospital but instead remained in their hotel where they were protected. 

Gello-ani reported that Sean Gibbon of Top Rank was likewise hurt when he received a low blow along with Casimero’s trainer Christopher "Pingping" Tepora while the well-known promoter himself was hit on the back with a chair. 

An hour after the tumultuous events Gello-ani told us that Lazarte arrived in Casimero’s dressing room and apologized to him for what happened. He said “We politely accepted his apology and I even give my Red uniform jacket to Lazarte for his eldest son Diego who had asked me during the weigh in for a souvenir.” 

The police escorted Casimero and his team to the hotel and stood guard until morning to make sure that they were safe. The promoter Mr. Osvaldo Rivero arrived at the hotel and also apologized to the Filipino team as well as the IBF officials who are billeted in the same Primacy Hotel. 


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