Artistic mini golf in UAE hopes to tackle social issues

admin   •   February 5, 2019   •   6902


Mini golf  course | Reuters

A mini golf course is not typically surrounded by rusty metal wall sheets and loops of barbed wire, but the designer of this Dubai attraction wants players to think about global borders as they play.

At the unconventional mini golf course in the United Arab Emirates, nine artists hope to make people think about social issues.

“This is a sculpture garden. It’s a nine-hole, artist-designed mini golf course. Each of the sculptures is a playable object designed around a social, environmental or contemporary issue,” said David Darts, dean of the art faculty at New York university in Abu Dhabi and organiser of the “Putting for Pleasure and Politics” exhibition.

Wealth disparity, global warming and racial and gender injustice are some of the social issues the artists tackled in the individually designed golf holes.

“The idea is you play a round of golf and you’re confronted with an absurd version of our contemporary reality,” said Darts.

Marcus Booth, a 41-year-old lawyer who took his young daughter to the exhibition, said the course made him think more deeply about some of the issues raised.

Children were also allowed to try the mini courses and get a glimpse of the issues presented in the artworks. — Reuters

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109 undocumented OFWs return home from Dubai

admin   •   September 20, 2018

Undocumented OFWs who availed the amnesty program of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Department of Foreign Affairs

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday brought home 109 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Dubai.

The agency has now repatriated a total of 838 OFWs since the amnesty program began in August.

The Office of Migrant Workers Affairs shouldered airline tickets, exit fines and other penalties of the returning OFWs.

Each of the repatriates were given financial assistance of P5,000 as part of the government’s “all-out support” for the returning OFWs.

“Your presence here today demonstrates the kind of care and compassion President Duterte has for our overseas workers,” Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Y. Arriola said

She also reminded all Filipinos who are seeking employment overseas to make sure that they go through the proper application process and follow the rules and regulations of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Undocumented Filipinos who wish to return to the Philippines under this program will be assisted by the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes encouraged qualified Filipinos to take advantage of the UAE’s amnesty program before the 31 October 2018 deadline, to give the Embassy and the Consulate General ample time to process the necessary documents.

(Source: DFA)

Over 40 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers in UAE to arrive home

admin   •   January 5, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Forty-one distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are set to arrive in the Philippines on Friday from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Many of them were victims of illegal recruitment who were promised decent jobs in Abu Dhabi, but were told to work as domestic helpers upon their arrival.

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi paid for the transportation expenses of the OFWs.

The repatriates will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, Friday morning.

The Philippine embassy in Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, has this reminder to Filipinos seeking to work in the UAE.

“Before you go abroad, check first the process and the employment offers so that when you arrive here, you will have protection,” said Eduardo Chinsio Paraan, labor attache at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi. — UNTV News & Rescue

Over 100 Filipino victims of human trafficking in Abu Dhabi return to the Philippines

UNTV News   •   November 2, 2017

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“What happened to us there was really traumatic. For me, it’s not humane, it’s slavery. We were allowed to sleep for only two hours. We are also not allowed to urinate. Our food was limited. Whatever the food they left, that’s what we can only eat,” human trafficking victim, Joan Masa said.

This has been the bitter experience of Joan Masa as a house helper in Abu Dhabi for 9 months.

Masa was a victim of an illegal recruiter in Laguna.

The said illegal recruiter offered her huge salary and a good employer — But the opposite was what happened.

Joan is just among the more than 100 distressed overseas Filipino workers the Philippine Embassy gives assistance to so they could return to the Philippines.

The government also gave each of them P15,000 worth of livelihood so they could start their own business.

“Actually the Philippine government paid for their fare, they were also given fare. These OFW’s are victims of human trafficking,” DFA Migrant Workers Affairs Usec. Sarah Lou Arriola said.

“We try to make their lives comfortable, so when they arrive here, they can have something to start new lives,” she added.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), there are still a lot of undocumented Filipino workers in Abu Dhabi, but they are having difficulty determining their exact number because usually enter the Middle East using tourist visas.

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) believes such a system can be avoided if the implementation of the Labor Cooperation Agreement of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the government of Abu Dhabi pushes through.

“Stated there is decent recruitment of the workers for UAE which means once the UAE Domestic Workers Law takes effect, like what Usec says, maybe in the first quarter of next year, all OFWs going to UAE will strictly undergo the process of the POEA strictly, there will no longer be visit and tourist visa deployment,” OWWA chief Hans Leo Cacdac said.

Based on the figures of the DFA, about 700 Filipino in Abu Dhabi were repatriated for illegal working there.

Philippine authorities continue to process the repatriation of other distressed OFWs in Abu Dhabi. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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