18 May 2018
- By Junhan B. Todino – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE Maharlikan Center for Social, Cultural and Economic Development Inc., a non-profit group in the CNMI, is organizing a meeting with foreign workers affected by the CW cap.
The meeting is scheduled for May 24 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at American Memorial Park.
Maharlikan Center founder George “Magicman” Gomez said they want to help those affected by CW problems.
In July, Gomez said he and Charry de Guzman of the Maharlikan Center Advocacy Team will meet with human rights activist and former Rota teacher Wendy Doromal.
“She will help bring island advocacies to the halls of the U.S. Congress,” de Guzman said, adding that Doromal is the person who “walks the talk” and has connections with legislators and policy-makers in the nation’s capital.
Carlito Marquez, a foreign-worker advocate, said the organizers of the Dec. 2007 Unity March have vowed to continue campaigning for improved immigration status for long-term guest workers.
But Marquez also acknowledged that previous improved-status proposals have been “killed” in the U.S. Congress.
The Maharlikan Center Advocay Team said members of the Filipino community, especially those affected by the CW issue, are in “desperate need of assistance” from the Philippine government.
“What are our choices? What are the plans of the Philippine consulate of Guam on this matter?”
Workers facing repatriation should be educated on available Philippine government programs for overseas workers, the Maharlikan team said.
It said the Philippine consulate on Guam should close down if it cannot help the Filipino workers in the CNMI. “Or maybe replace the consul general with somebody who serves and protects with a genuine heart.”
“There are so many questions that need to be answered! The Filipino expatriate workers of the Northern Mariana Islands need your help!” it added.
Gomez said the Maharlikan Center’s main goal is to serve and protect the U.S. citizen children of Filipino workers who want to remain on island to continue their studies.
For more information visit the Facebook page of the Maharlikan Channel or Maharlikan Saipan. You may also call George “Magicman” Gomez at 783-0270 or 287-7001.
Those who want to attend the May 24 meeting are encouraged to bring copies of their passports and those of their U.S. citizen children.
Other members of the Filipino community say any Filipino advocacy group speaks only for itself and not for all Filipino community members.
“The CW issue is now with the U.S. Congress, and only the U.S. Congress and the U.S. president can decide on this issue,” a long-time guest worker said. “We will follow the law whatever it may be. And we will remain forever grateful to the people of the CNMI and the U.S. and their governments for allowing us to live and work on this beautiful island.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104518-non-profit-group-to-host-meeting-on-cw-issue