Save the Date: Tracing Malong/Guhit ng Ating Malong on May 6, 2018


ancers Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun and Ronelson Yadao in Alvin Erasga Toletino's "TRACES".

Dancers Kris-Belle Paclibar-Mamangun and Ronelson Yadao. Photo by Jojo Mamangun.

Tracing Malong/Guhit ng Ating Malong —– Migrante BC is proud to partner with choreographer, dancer and Artistic Director Alvin Erasga Tolentino of Co. ERASGA in the dance production of Tracing Malong/Guhit ng Ating Malong in celebration of Asian Heritage Month this May. Co. ERASGA is a Vancouver-based dance company founded by Alvin Tolentino in 2000 on the principles of innovation, artistic integrity and social reflection.

Glad Tidings Church
3456 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC

May 6, 2018  (Sunday)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Doors open at 2:30 PM
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Migrante Canada`s Fourth Congress: A Success


27655397_356258844852131_5747894311276354191_n (2)Migrante Canada successfully held its Fourth Congress in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland last February 10th with over 60 delegates from its 21 member chapters from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba.

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Invitation to the 4th Migrante Canada Congress in Vancouver: Save the Date!


Saturday, February 10,2018
326 12th St, New Westminster, BC  (click here to view map)

Migrante BC is the host city for  the Fourth  Congress of Migrante Canada. It has been two years since the Third Migrante Congress in 2015 in Montreal, Quebec. This year, nineteen (19) members of Migrante Canada will be coming in from many different cities to attend the Congress, welcome new members, review the work – gains and challenges—of all member chapters from 2015-2017 and work together on a general program of action for next two years. Continue reading

Invisibles & Disposables: International Migrants Day 2017


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Sunday, December 17, 2017
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm 
Kensington Branch Library

1428 Cedar Cottage Mews, Vancouver (beside the Save-on-Foods Grocery on Knight and King Edward Ave.) Continue reading

End Labour Exploitation & Trafficking in BC (Nov 16, 2017)


Velma_VeloriaForum with Keynote by Velma Veloria and a special presentation by Dennis Kusin. Velma Veloria is a former Washington State Representative instrumental in passing legislation that made human trafficking a crime at the state level. She is also long-time labour & community organizer and is part of the Filipin@s Against Violence, Seattle. Organized by the West Coast Domestic Workers Association, Migrante BC, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, & Vancouver District Labour Council.

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Class Action Against Mac’s Convenience Stores


Mac-s-Convenience-Store1Who are Prakash Basyal, Arthur Cajes, Edlyn Tesorero and Bishnu Khadka?

They are the four foreign workers who have started a class action suit against Mac’s Convenience Stores and three immigration consultants: Overseas Immigration Services, Overseas Career and Consulting Services and Trident Immigration Services. The class action suit was certified by the BC Supreme Court last Sept 18, 2017, well over a year after the Notice of Application for Certification was filed by the workers in July 15, 2016. Continue reading

Women and Nature Art Exhibit, Women’s Fundraiser and Mural Celebration!


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We are Lorenza and Kian is Every OFW’s Son



We are Lorenza and Kian is every OFW’s Son

Kian delos Santos, a 17-years-old  Grade 11 student whose ambition was to become a police officer was killed by police officers of Caloocan’s finest. CCTV footage, forensic evidence and testimony of brave witnesses point to three policemen of Caloocan as being responsible for this crime. Kian’s death is one of the tens of thousands of killings as a Continue reading

Win 2 Tickets to VQFF’s Baka Bukas/Maybe Tomorrow


Baka Bukas / Maybe Tomorrow directed by Samantha Lee

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Alex is a twenty-something year old creative professional based in Manila. She is out to most people except her best friend Jess who she has been secretly in love with since they were kids. When Jess discovers the truth about Alex, they are forced to confront the feelings they have for each other.Check out the Baka Bukas trailer.

Migrante BC is the community partner for this year’s 29th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival  ‘Baka Bukas’ directed by Samantha Lee, who will be  in attendance for the Canadian premiere of the film, and starring Jasmine Curtis & Louise Delos Reyes as the main leads. Continue reading

Migrante Canada: on the NDP announcement regarding the Caregiver Program Policy


Jesson press conferenceFor years, thousands of migrant domestic workers under the Caregiver Program have been working and organizing for genuine changes in the Canadian Caregiver Program (and its past iterations: Foreign Domestic Movement and the Live-in Caregiver Program) that would remove the  unjust features of the program which have created hardships for domestic workers and their families. These features  include: the tied work permits, the violations of labour and employment standards like long working hours and no overtime Continue reading

Last Call: MIGRANTE BC ART WORKSHOPS: July 16-Aug 27)


Learn from the master artist Bert Monterona at the Sunday art workshops organized by PANCIT (Philippine Artists Network for Community Integrative Transformation )IMG_0931

When: Sundays 2:00 to 4:00 PM,July 16 to August 27, 2017

Where: Migrante House/Art Gallery, 4794 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC
(entrance on E32nd Street)

Participants still able to sign up and catch up from the first session on  still life.

Email or come to Bahay Migrante on Sunday!

Some spaces are  still available; there will be a wait list of interested participants.

Belen Vasquez: In My Mother’s Home 2017


jpg belenVancouver, May 19. — Avelina Vasquez, or Belen to her friends and family, smiles from her black and white portrait photograph, made even more striking by the red flowers and green leaves of the crocheted blanket in the background.

Her portrait is part of the photo exhibit co-curated by photographer Rita Hernandez and the Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team (YAT) for  My Mother’s Home 2017 a celebration ofmigration, motherhood and diversity. Alejandra Lopez-Bravo, Manager of the Fresh Voices Grants and Community Initiatives of the Continue reading

Feliz Dia Del Padre! – In Solidarity with the Farm Workers


Feliz Dia Del Padre!  – In Solidarity with the Farm Workers

In solidarity with and support for the Latino workers and farm organizers , Migrante BC helped out to celebrate Father’s Day or Feliz Dia Del Padre event organized and hosted by the Migrant Workers Dignity Association (MWDA) last June 18th at the Holland Park in Surrey, BC.

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L-R: Migrante BC volunteers Alda, Alex, Boying; MWDA organizer Alejandra; and Sanctuary Health volunteer Omar with the MWDA tent in background (June 18, 2017)

Thanks to Migrante BC members Alda and her son Alex who volunteered  with the transport, Boying who helped with the serving and Migtent scenerante BC Friend Ewen who helped with the food preparation the night before. Continue reading

No to Martial Law in Mindanao: Bayan Canada Statement



(Migrante BC is a member of Bayan Canada.)

no-to-martial-lawWe condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the violence in Marawi perpetrated by the CIA-supported bandit groups like the Maute and Abu-Sayyaf and stand in solidarity with the people of Marawi during these trying times. Continue reading



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We salute the Filipino working class, including the millions of Filipino migrant workers, who continue to struggle against anti-worker policies, the negligence and the exploitation by government authorities in their own land and in their host countries. The Filipino Continue reading

Migrante BC joins Rising Up Coalition call: Stop Abuse in Recruitment of TFWs


News Release – BC groups call on province to prevent abuse in recruitment of temporary foreign workers

Vancouver, BC (April 6, 2017) – Today, a coalition of organizations in British Columbia is calling on the provincial government to take action to stop the abuse of temporary foreign workers.

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The coalition will deliver the open letter to the office of Labour Minister Shirley Bond today.

The open letter calls for enhanced licensing of recruitment agencies, proactive investigation of workplaces, and access to information and Continue reading

Resistance against Canadian Mining: Stories from Philippine Indigenous Peoples (April 7)


Corporate mining, including Canadian mining, are linked to human rights violations against indigenous communities and environmental destruction of ancestral indigenous land.  Hear the stories of the struggle and resistance of the Indigenous people in the Philippines against Canadian mining and development aggression from Subanen (Indigenous) women leaders from Mindanao and a local bishop and community leader. (See photos and bios below).


Speakers:   Indigenous Women Leaders from Mindanao: Nenita Condez and Eufemenia Cullamat and Bishop  Antonio Ablon 

Friday, April 7,  2017

St. Mary South Hill Church

 808 50th Avenue (on Prince Albert) Vancouver, BC

Potluck:  4-5:30pm

Presentation:  6-7:30 pm

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Women Resist! March 11


WOMEN RESIST!  Indigenous and working class women resist state-sanctioned violence against women under imperialism.

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 An evening of cultural performances , speakers, sharing and food. Join us in analyzing  the numerous forms of state-sanctioned violence against women under imperialism. Join us in celebrating the militant resistance of indigenous and working class women.

Event Dates and Venues

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Calvary Baptist Church

1803 E 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5L 4B8



KASAMA (Migrante Cultural Group)

Jenn Allen from Grassroots Women

Ayotzi 68 performance and speaker

Chairperson Rhondalei Gabuat, GABRIELA Seattle

 Secretary General Pia Rivera of GABRIELA Seattle

East Indian Defense Committee

Organized by: ILPS Canada with Ayotzi68, Grassroots Women, East Indian Defense Committee, Migrante BC, Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, Red Sparks Union, Revolutionary Student Movement-Vancouver

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Stop the Deportation of Gina Bahiwal!


Filipina Gina Bahiwal is fighting her removal order from Canada which has been scheduled on January 15, 2017 at 9:130 p.m. Gina Bahiwal is a migrant worker, organizer, and advocate. She came to Canada from the Philippines in 2008 under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)  and worked in vegetable-packing, housekeeping and the fast food industry in Ontario and British Columbia. She is a member of the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights Canada (CMWRC) and of the Justice for Migrant Workers in Ontario.

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First TFW-led conference: Big Success


I was proud to be part of the Migrante BC-led conference at the Unifor Hall in New Westminster last Dec 3-4. Excellent speakers and panelists, very good turnout from progressive unions and community groups, great food (as usual!), useful workshop sessions, nice mix  of young and veteran activists and inspiring themes  of forging solidarity among workers using education, mobilization and organization. Continue reading

International Migrants Day 2016


Migrant Workers’ Dignity Association (Organizacion Dignidad Migrante) and Migrante BC, both grassroots organizations working with Spanish-speaking and Filipino temporary farm workers, are marking International Migrants Day on December 18th. poster

Press Conference and Program:

Time:   4pm (doors open at 3:30pm)

Place:   Gordon Neighbourhood House, 1019 Broughton Street, Vancouver

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Just & Lasting Peace: “Report Back” from the Philippines, Oct 20, 2016


imageListen to our speakers who traveled to Mindanao this past summer to learn about the human rights situation in the Philippines. The delegates from the recent International Conference for Human Rights in the Philippines will share their experience, reflections and calls to action.

Migrante BC, the Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights,UBC Philippine Studies Series, and the other sponsors of this event believe strongly in the power of international solidarity and the need for people from all over the world to stand united in the struggle for justice and in the affirmation of the dignity of all!

Doors open at 5:30 pm | Forum starts at 6pm – 8 pm | Snacks will be served

UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues |  6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver  V6T 1Z2

Rev Stuart Lyster, St. Stephen’s United Church
Kamal Gautam, Canadian Union of Public Employees BC,  International Solidarity, local CUPE 15
Prof. Leonora Angeles, University of British Columbia

TFW Conference Dec 3-4: Building & Strengthening Workers’ Solidarity



In the last decade, there has been a shift towards bringing in an increased number of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) across Canada.  Meanwhile, programs and policies that can protect and promote their rights and welfare are lacking.  And in many cases, TFWs may be isolated from progressive organizations that can assist them.

To address this, we are organizing a two-day conference this December to create a space where advocates from different communities can come together with TFWs to formulate actions to advance their rights and welfare.  The conference, “Building and Strengthening Workers’ Solidarity”, will be held December 3rd to 4th at the Unifor Hall, 326 12th Street, New Westminster.

Day One will feature keynote speaker  Professor Ethel Tungohan from York University, a couple of workshops on various urgent issues, and a panel of courageous TFWs who will share their “Stories of Struggle and Hope”.

Day Two will focus on the youth and the role they play in forwarding a progressive movement that fights for the rights of all workers.  It will also include an “inter-generational” dialogue that will allow for a sharing of experiences with our elders in the labour and social justice movements.

The conference fee is $75 for both days (less if attending one day only) and this includes a conference kit and all meals and refreshments.  Partnership and advertising opportunities are also available.  Funds raised will go towards our conference costs.

The Highlights of the two-day conference will include:

Day 1:  Sat Dec 3rd  (9am to 4pm)

Keynote Speaker York University Assistant Professor Ethel Tungohan

  • Panel  on the Commodification of Workers and Labour Export
  • Workshops on issues including Sanctuary Schools;  Sanctuary Health;  Employment Standards;  Project Guardian (deportation of caregivers) and Global Organizing for TFW rights
  • Panel on TFW “Stories of Struggle & Hope”
  • Solidarity Night with cultural presentations from 7pm to 9pm.  Free.  Refreshments served.

DAY 2:  Sun Dec 4th (10am to 4pm)

  • Panel on Grassroots Organizing
  • Lunch Panel on the Role of the Labour Movement and   the Fight for All Workers Rights
  • Inter-generational Activist Dialogue

The other speakers from the labour movement, grassroots community, migrants groups and advocates  include David Fairey (Employment Standards Coalition), Harsha Walia (No One Is Illegal), Jennifer Whiteside (Hospital Employees Union), Joey Hartman ( VDLC), Chandu Claver (Bayan Canada), Mark Olsen (LiUNA Labourers International Union), Natalie Drolet (West Coast Domestic Workers Association), Lawyer Rene John Nicolas, Kari Michaels (BCGEU), Sam Ponting (NextUp), Migrant Youth Marikit Saturay (Netherlands), Einstein Recedes (Philippines) and Mildred German (Migrante Youth BC)  and migrant workers Hessed Torres, Cholo Sales, Avelina Vasquez.

For more information on the conference, email or call Jane at 604-961-7794.

See you at the conference!



Migrante Canada Statement: Government’s Report on TFWP: Blatantly Anti-Worker


Despite decades of migrant workers’ campaigns which have kept Canadian society and all its past governments aware and sufficiently educated about the slave-like conditions and the suffering of migrant workers, the government has once again chosen to look completely the opposite way.  The HUMA parliamentary committee report on TFWP has chosen to “reform” the migrant workers’ program for the continued profit and well-being of employers, companies and global capital. Essentially, it has chosen to maintain an exploitative and oppressive immigration and labour system that has no concern at all for the welfare and well-being of migrant workers.  Continue reading

Press Con: Responses to Trudeau government’s review of Temporary Foreign Worker Program


Front-line advocates and labour respond to Trudeau government’s review of Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Vancouver, Sept 21, 2016 — Front-line advocacy groups and labour presented their critical responses to the Federal government’s review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program at a press conference at the BCFED office in Vancouver. The report which came out on September 19 was prepared by the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills, and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA).

L-R: MLA Mable Elmore, Irene Lanzinger,  Natalie Drolet, Juliana Dalley, Avelina Vasquez, and Erie Maestro

L-R: MLA Mable Elmore, Irene Lanzinger, Natalie Drolet, Juliana Dalley, Avelina Vasquez, and Erie Maestro

At the press conference were spokespeople from the Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS), Migrante BC, the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association (WCDWA) and the BC Federation of Labour offered their analysis and reflections on the controversial changes. Continue reading

Sept. 21: Remembering Martial Law and Building Peace


REMEMBERING MARTIAL LAW AND BUILDING PEACE (also marking Sept 21 The International Day of Peace)

On September 21, 1fm-declares-martial-law972, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law and ushered in one of the darkest periods in the history of the Filipino people. Hundreds of thousands of men and women, from all sectors of society, were arrested and detained, tortured, abducted and forcibly disappeared under the Marcos’ reign of terror; these were the very citizens he had pledged to protect and defend. He unleashed the dogs of war at whole villages and communities with the use of strategic hamlets, food blockades, bombings, and militarization. The government with its military, Continue reading

Crossroads, Detours & Roadblocks to Peace Under Duterte


Vancouver, August 22, 2016.– Paul Quintos, the Research Coordinator for the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) spoke at the SFU Harbour Centre in dointerviewed-by-abs-cbn-2wntown Vancouver last August 22 on the Prospects for a Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines: Crossroads, Detours and Roadblocks.”

Mr. Quintos worked as a Program Manager at IBON International, a Southern-led international non-governmental organization that promotes development justice through capacity development of people’s movements. He has also worked as an organizer and Continue reading

Kababayan4Change Vancouver meets ConGen Neil Ferrer


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Community members supporting the Kababayan4Change Movement met with the Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer on Thursday, August 11, 2016 to start the conversation on working and uniting around the Filipino people’s demands for change in the Philippines. The meeting took place at the Philippine Consulate General, Canada Place, Vancouver.  Continue reading

Statement on the Proclamation of Duterte as President


Changing the Lives of Migrant Workers and OFWs:The Great Task of Serving the People

With an overwhelming voice, millions of Filipino voters – including 407,000 overseas Filipinos – have dramatically brought the Filipino nation to still another turning point in our history. The people have chosen lawyer and politician Rodrigo Duterte to lead them away from the crimes, ills, deceit, feebleness and decrepit morality of the past Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino regime. The desired change they cry for is certainly obvious: a solution to the basic Continue reading

Team Usana wins 2016 Ron Ordinario Memorial Friendship Basketball League Championship


​Champion Team: Team Usana (top), First Runner Up Team D'Hypers (middle) and Second Runner Up Team Budget (bottom)

​Champion Team: Team Usana (top), First Runner Up Team D’Hypers (middle) and Second Runner Up Team Budget (bottom)

The thud of the basketball on the court mixed with the running footsteps of the players, amid  the cheers and shouts from the bleachers, marked the Championship Games of the First Ronald Ordinario Memorial Friendship Basketball League last Sunday, July 3. Team Usana bested Team D’Hypers with a 70-59 victory, to emerge as the Champion with Team D’Hypers as First Runner Up. Continue reading

PSA: Labour Trafficking Video


Public Service Announcement (PSA) Videos about Labour Trafficking Amongst Migrant Worker Communities

wcdwa-labour-trafficking-psa-2015 The West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association (WCDWA)’s  short public service announcement (PSA) video about labour trafficking amongst migrant worker communities is now available in Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.This is  now available in 6 languages:

Access the videos and help WCDWA to raise awareness by distributing the PSA widely.Source: West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association


Marking International Domestic Workers Day: Stop CBSA’s Project Guardian


Domestic work is still one of the lowest paid, the most undervalued, and the least protected form of employment. This is work that is done by the world’s 67 million people, mostly women. Of that number, 11.5 million are migrant domestic workers scattered all around the globe, including Canada.IDW Day 2016

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Migrant groups call for PR on arrival and open work permits in Federal review of the TFWP


Media Advisory
May 30, 2016
Migrant groups call for PR on arrival and open work permits in federal review of the TFWP
The perspective of TFWs are not being fully included in the current review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, say TFWs and their advocates.equality

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Pinoy TFWs and the Alberta Wildfire


The wildfire that continues to blaze in Fort McMurray, Northern Alberta drove the massive evacuation of 88,000 residents and workers from their homes and work sites to the safety of evacuation centres or homes of friends and families in nearby towns or outside of the city.

Marco Luciano of Migrante Alberta at the emergency meeting

Marco Luciano of Migrante Alberta at the emergency meeting

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Letter from Migrante Alberta: On the Wildfire and the Migrant Workers


Hello Friends and colleagues,

alberta wildfireMost of you have asked, offered or initiated support and prayers to the migrant worker victims of the Fort MacMurray fire. The last four days were busy and stressful not only for some organizers in Migrante Alberta and friends but most especially for the migrant workers. Some workers that we initially greeted came down with only the clothes on their backs. They were picked up by buses from work and were not able to go home and get some clothes and supplies. Like most residents fleeing Fort Mac, they travelled 12 to 13 hours to Edmonton (the normal drive is only 5 hours). Migrants who came down worked in different sectors. Most of them in the service sectors (frontline food counter attendants, hotel and restaurant workers, and also caregivers). They went directly to the evacuation centre where they registered with the Red Cross. Continue reading

Sol Pillas (1958-2016): Migrant Warrior and Leader


sol pillasIt is with great sadness that Migrante International announces the passing of Sol Pillas, friend, comrade and warrior for the promotion and protection of migrants’ rights.

Pillas passed away today, April 21, at 5:30am, seven months after suffering a massive stroke last September 2015. She was 58 years old.

Migrante International extends its most heartfelt condolences to Pillas’ family who have since embraced her activism, friends, colleagues and comrades, and the international community of human rights workers and migrants’ rights advocates that she served and upheld.

At the time of her death, Pillas was the Secretary-General of Migrante International, the largest global alliance of overseas Filipinos and their families. Continue reading

Food not Bullets! Global Day of Action for Kidapawan Farmers


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Friday, April 8, 2016, 6:00 pm 
Vancouver Art Gallery
Filipinos and concerned citizens around the globe are holding simultaneous acts of solidarity and support on the Global day of Action for Kidapawan Farmers this Friday, April 8th.

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Legal Information Session for Migrant Workers


Legal Information Session for Migrant Workers
From 2 to 4 pm on Saturday March 26, 2016.




Our Legal Information Session for Migrant Workers is being held in partnership with West Coast Domestic Workers Association and Community Legal Assistance Society. Invite Migrant Workers and their friends to a free workshop.

To register please contact: Boying at 604-889-5477

Migrante Gala Fundraiser for Migrant Workers with Fay Faraday


Moving Forward Together: Building Migrant Worker Security
Friday, March 18, 2016, 6 pm -10 pm
Holiday Inn at 711 W. Broadway, Vancouver

Tickets at $60 each (with dinner); Table of 8 at $450
For tickets, contact 604.879.5850/
For cheque payments, please make out to “Migrante BC” and can be mailed to  4794 Fraser St. Vancouver V5V 4H3, Attn: Jane Ordinario

Keynote speaker: Fay Faraday, noted social justice lawyer; also a strategic adviser and policy consultant on human rights, labour, fay faraday downloadand constitutional law; litigator for unions, community organizations and coalitions for constitutional and human rights cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. Pushing back at the normalization of worker precariousness globally and domestically, Faraday’s keynote will issue a call to action and solidarity to map a vision for reform that builds security for all migrant workers. Continue reading

Invisibles and Disposables: International Migrants Day 2015


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Friday, Dec 18, 2015

Lakeview United Church
2776 Semlin Drive Vancouver, BC

5:30 PM doors open;Program starts 6:00 PM -8:00 PM

Learn more about the lives and stories of migrant and temporary foreign workers–  the seasonal farm workers, caregivers, low-skilled temporary workers – at the celebration of International Migrants’ Day. There will be the telling of stories, the making of guacamole, the interpretative dancing, the artwork and photographs, and the gift of poetry.
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New Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights: MoVE Campaign for Real Change


Media Release: October 28, 2015 Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada (CMWRC)

Newly launched Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada calls for end to discrimination against migrant workers.

Press conference panel: Natalie Drolet-WCDWA, Jane Ordinario, Migrante BC. Julie Desta & Cenen Bagon, CDWCR, Raul Gatica, Migrant Workers Dignity, David Fairey, Employment Standards Coalition, Irene Lanzinger, BCFED, David Black, COPE 378,Victor Elkins, HEU

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Migrante Canada: MoVe for Rights of Migrant Workers


MOBILITY, VOICE AND EQUALITY:A Campaign of the Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights-Canada

A Statement from Migrante Canada

In the hunt for super-profits, big multinational corporations are desperately seeking markets for their surplus goods and sources of cheap raw materials and labour. The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is just the latest of a number of attempts by capitalist countries to open national borders so multinationals can freely run their profit-seeking operations under international trade agreements. Continue reading

Migrant worker groups call on Trudeau: MoVE for Real Change


Media Advisory. October 26, 2015

Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada (CMWRC)

Newly launched Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights – Canada calls for end to discrimination against migrant workers

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Migrant worker groups from across Canada are launching a historic coalition to call on Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government to end the discriminatory practice of tying migrant workers visa to specific employers and transition towards permanent immigration status upon arrival for migrant workers. Continue reading

July 30: World Day Against Trafficking in Persons



Join the West Coast Domestic Workers’ Association and partners like Migrante BC for the launch of  a public service announcement on labour trafficking.

Thursday, 30 July 2015 at 7:00 pm @ St. Mary’s Parish basement, 5251 Joyce Street, Vancouver #endlabourtrafficking

Watch the public announcement here:


Migrante International, July 2015:

Illegal recruitment and human trafficking (p.13-14) In: SUMA: Summing-Up of the State of Migrants Under Aquino 5 years of Aquino: Myths of Migration and Development 
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Team Budget: Migrante Basketball Champions 2015!


Team Budget: Champions of the Migrante BC Friendship Basketball League with coach Ben Lopez and Budget sponsor rep Bob Akehurst and families and friends.

Team Budget: Champions of the Migrante BC Friendship Basketball League with coach Ben Lopez and Budget sponsor rep Bob Akehurst and families and friends.

New Westminster, B.C. — Team Budget played its very best on the court and won the Championship of the Men’s Friendship Basketball League organized by Migrante BC. The second place went to Team D’ Hipers and third place to Team Black Riders. Continue reading

Canadian human rights advocates protest visit of Philippine President Aquino III


From the: International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is applying a double standard by inviting President Benigno Aquino III. Last year, Harper cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka and closed the Tehran embassy because of human rights concerns. He refused to participate in a United Nations conference on disarmament because North Korea was the chair.

Source: Georgia Straight

Source: Georgia Straight

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At the Indonesian Consulate: Save the life of Mary Jane Veloso!


rally in front of indonesian emb april 25On April 25, 2015, Filipino and Canadian supporters and advocates returned to the Indonesian Consulate in downtown Vancouver for a community gathering for Mary Jane Veloso. This was a chance to come together to show Mary Jane Veloso, her family and the international community that there are friends and supporters in British Columbia who stand united in their efforts to have her life spared.

At the Indonesian Consulate in Vancouver

At the Indonesian Consulate in Vancouver

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Dear Noynoy Aquino: Save the life of Mary Jane Veloso


Hon. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
c/o Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer
Philippine Consulate General
999 Canada Place, Suite 660 Vancouver, BC

April 24, 2015

Dear President Aquino,

As a community-based organization composed of Filipinos in the province of British Columbia, we write to you about our urgent concern for the plight of our kababayan Mary Jane Veloso.

As your office may be aware, Mary Jane was sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking. We believe she is innocent and we add our voice to the many others around the world who appeal to the Indonesian government for clemency. Continue reading

Dear Pres Widodo of Indonesia: Please save the life of Mary Jane Veloso


His Excellency Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia
c/o Consul General Sri Wiludjeng
Consulate General of Indonesia
1630 Alberni Street, Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6G 1A6

April 16, 2015

Dear President Joko Widodo,

As individuals and as representatives of various community organizations in the Lower Mainland – we join the many others in the Philippines, Indonesia and around the world who earnestly appeal for clemency for Filipino Mary Jane Veloso. Continue reading

Lower Mainland Filipinos join global campaign: Save the life of Mary Jane Veloso


Filipinos in the Lower Mainland met on April 16, 2015 with Indonesian Consul General Sri Wiludjeng and Vice-Consul Esthy Putri Muryanti as part of the international campaign to save the life of Mary Jane Veloso.

Delegation included Tita Ching, Carol, Nanay Conching, Grefa, Lester, Maita, Daniela, Siony and Rene.

Delegation included Tita Ching, Carol, Nanay Conching, Grefa, Lester, Maita, Daniela, Siony and Rene.

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Migrante BC calls on migrants to speak out on deportations


April 2, 2015 For immediate release

Migrante BC decries mass deportation of TFWs; calls on migrants to speak out

A community-based organization of Filipinos in British Columbia today called on migrant workers hit by the federal government’s “4 and 4” rule to come forward and speak out.

The rule refers to a federal policy that forces migrant workers to leave the country and not re-enter for another four years if they have been working here for four years or more. The law was enacted April 1, 2011 and it affects most migrant workers who have worked a cumulative of 4 years since then.

Credit: Migrante Alberta

Credit: Migrante Alberta

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Canada’s Shame: Mass Deportation of Temporary Foreign Workers


Starting April 1, 2015, Canada has initiated the mass deportation of many temporary foreign workers (TFWs).This day stands as proof that Canada chooses to give up its obligations to temporary foreign workers in order to ensure a steady supply of cheap labour for businesses and employers in Canada. This day reduces the hope of migrant workers for a better future in Canada and the hope of all workers in Canada for better conditions and wages.

Credit: Huffington Post Canada

Credit: Huffington Post Canada

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Pope Francis. Pope of the Poor. My Kind of Pope.


Tinig Migrante by E. Maestro

Pope Francis has been called the Pope of the Poor, the Pope from the Third World. One does not need to be one of the 1.1. billion Catholics (or 14% of the world’s population) to listen to him and be struck by his progressive declarations.

His visit to the Philippines on Jan 15 – Jan 19 is a major event and a lot of security measures are already in place – although what caught the public attention was the detail that the police officers were going to wear adult diapers underneath their uniforms that day, and the number of troop deployment of 17,000 soldiers and roughly 20,000 police officers to secure the Pope’s visit.

Lolita Robiños holds the picture of her son Romulos, abducted and missing since Nov. 17, 2006.

Lolita Robiños holds the picture of her son Romulos, abducted and missing since Nov. 17, 2006.

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TFW family victimized by employer & immigration consultant faces uncertainty in 2015


Press Release December 30, 2014

 TFW family victimized by employer & immigration consultant faces uncertainty in 2015

Temporary Foreign Worker Honorato (JR) Peralta arrived in March 2009.  His partner, Vanessa Tamondong, came in June that year also under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).  Since then, they married, had a son and thought they were following all the rules to get to their dream — permanent residency in Canada.

But all this shattered last fall when an immigration consultant, referred to them by their employer, submitted false information to the BC Provincial Nominee Program for JR’s application.  This was also when they discovered Vanessa’s employer violated her work permit and the TFWP when they had her work at various locations in Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. Continue reading

Invisibles and Disposables: Migrant Workers in Stories, Painting, Photography and Poetry


Invisibles and Disposables: Migrant Workers in Stories, Painting, Photography and Poetry
Wednesday, December 17, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Britannia Branch 1661 Napier St (off Commercial Drive)

Invisibles and Disposables

The situation of temporary migrant workers in Canada — the invisibles and the disposables — is seen through the lens of poetry and paintings, the sharing of stories, and the use of images.

Join grassroots organizers, migrant workers, and advocates who work and do their creative pursuits in their home and host languages: Spanish, Filipino, and English.  Continue reading

Live-in Caregivers Forum: Who decides what’s next? You do!


Live-in Caregivers Forum:

Sunday, November 2nd from 1:30pm to 4pm
South Vancouver Adult Daycare Centre
3076 E. 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Breaking news: LCP changes were just announced two days before the forum. We will touch on those changes as well. Migrante BC’s statement has been posted on the website as well. 

LCP: Who decides what’s next? You do! Come join us! Your voice makes a difference!

"We are more than the dollars we send."

“We are more than the dollars we send.”

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Canadian government ends LCP, remains silent about question of permanent residency for caregivers


Vancouver – A local caregiver and migrant worker group today expressed strong concerns over the announced changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program.

“While we welcome the end of the ‘live-in’ component – it’s extremely disappointing to see caregivers are still not given permanent residence upon arrival,” says Jane Ordinario, coordinator of Migrante-BC, who also decried the lack of open consultations with caregiver groups by the federal government on the issue. Continue reading

Local caregivers reveal govt plans to change LCP;  call for permanent status


PRESS RELEASE and Statement
October 9, 2014
For more info, please contact:Ai Li Lim (West Coast Domestic Workers Association) at 604-669-6452
Local caregivers reveal govt plans to change LCP;  call for permanent status
Vancouver — In the past months, the federal government has signaled that it will overhaul the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) in response to alleged concerns that the program is “out of control” and has “mutated” into a family reunification program.

Local caregiver groups say the changes might include the elimination of the program altogether and given that the government has only engaged in “closed door consultations” – they are worried any changes will only worsen the situation of live-in caregivers. And that in effect, the government will be re-shaping the future of the program without consulting the communities that will be most impacted by the proposed changes.

Jane Ordinario of Migrante BC at the Oct 9 Press conference

Jane Ordinario of Migrante BC at the Oct 9 Press conference

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Bahay Migrante Open House!



Bahay Migrante as seen from Fraser St side

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
4794 Fraser St. (corner East 32nd St.)

All day Filipino breakfast (by donation), an Art Exhibit & Sale by the PANCIT Art Collective, and more! 

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Everything starts with a dream. For several years, we hoped to have somewhere to call our own. A place where we can meet the Filipino Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs), caregivers and immigrants that we assist and organize. At our Bahay Migrante Open House – we are proud to introduce you to our new home!  Continue reading

Speak out against the changes to the LCP

Featured   Tell your Member of Parliament to oppose changes that are brewing in closed door round table consultations being organized by the CIC. Click on the link to read and sign the petition.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Employment Minister Jason Kenney are considering changes that will take away live-in caregivers’ right to permanent residency. This will lead to increased family separation and employee abuse, while doing nothing to solve Canada’s care crisis.  Click here to learn more about how these changes will remove rights Canada gave to British and Nordic caregivers in the 1900s.


SUMA-TOTAL: Filipinos around the world want BS Aquino out (Summing-Up of the State of Migrants under Aquino 2014)


Prepared by Migrante International July 2014

No More BS: Pinoy Migrants Call Out!

No More BS: Pinoy Migrants Call Out!

After four years of corruption, mendacity, puppetry, oppression and human rights violations, Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III (BS Aquino) has once again roused the Filipino people into collective action and determination to exercise their democratic power to bring about regime change as mounting calls for his ouster continue to gain strength around the country and all over the world. Read the full document here

Live-In Caregivers: Kenney’s New Scapegoats: Statement of Migrante BC


Minister Jason Kenney did it again. In his recent announcement about the Live-In Caregiver Program (LICP), he cast the blame on the live-in caregivers for the Federal Live-In Caregiver Program that “ran out of control”. This is the
same Minister who blamed the foreign temporary workers for stealing jobs from the locals and for making Canadian unemployment worse. Continue reading

On the “Changes” to the TFWP: Statement of Migrante BC


The announcements on the “changes” in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) and the Minister’s handling of it have only fueled more debate about the program. One thing was clear though, the moratorium on the food services sector was over or so it seemed. The criticism of the TFWP however was not over. Continue reading

Immigration Rules & Updates Workshop: Migrante BC Workshop Series


r-IMMIGRATION-with text

Speaker: Lawyer Tim Bailey Immigration & Refugee Lawyer 
Specialties: Workers & LMOs, Students, Economic & Family Class Permanent Residents

Where:6106 Fraser St. Vancouver BC When: June 22, 2014 at 1:30-4:00 pm
This is a free program. Light snacks will be served.

To register/for more info: Please call 604.879.5850

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Reflections on Philippine Independence


Migrante BC Statement on June 12 Philippine Event

Philippine independence is more than the wearing of national dresses and shirts, the celebratory feasts of Filipino food and the display of Pinoy hospitality, and the customary speeches. Independence is having national dignity and sovereignty, of Filipinos standing tall and proud, not subservient. Continue reading

Petitioning Minister Jason Kenney Don’t include TFWs already working in Canada in your moratorium.Let them stay!


Please click OR copy and paste the link; sign your name to the petition. THANKS.

Good enough to work, Good enough to stay! SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

Good enough to work, Good enough to stay! SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

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Migrante Canada: Statement on the Human Trafficking Charges Against Philippine Diplomat


TORONTO – Migrante Canada, a Canada-wide alliance of 19 Filipino migrant and immigrant organizations, is calling on the Philippine government to immediately respond to the charges filed by the Ottawa police against Philippine Cultural Attaché Bueneflor Cruz and her husband Robert Cruz. Bueneflor worked as a staff member in the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa before she and her husband left Canada in early 2014. Continue reading

Churches Witnessing with Migrants in Stockholm


Vancouver, BC – The Churches Witnessing With Migrants (CWWM) will hold its Fifth International Consultation on May 11, 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. This parallel consultation will be held prior to the Seventh Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). The GFMD is a “state-led, informal and non-binding” process that was created during the first High Level Dialogue in September 2006, which has met annually since.

Rev S. Lyster  at the 2013 International Human Rights Conference in the Phils.

Rev S. Lyster at the 2013 International Human Rights Conference in the Phils.

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CBC News: TFW advocate Jane of Migrante calls for permanent residency now


NDP join advocates’ calls for pathway to permanent residence for workers already in Canada CBC News May 02, 2014 (See link for video feed)

Jane of MigranteBC calls for permanent residency

Jane of Migrante BC calls for permanent residency; moratorium punishes TFWs

Advocates for temporary foreign workers say they should be supported, not deported and are calling for a pathway to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers already working in Canada. Continue reading

Press Release: TFWs more vulnerable because of moratorium – says TFWs and advocates


May 2, 2014

Press con, May 2, 2014

Press con, May 2, 2014

Temporary foreign workers across the country are reeling from the negative impacts of the recent moratorium on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, says foreign workers and their advocates today at a press conference in Vancouver. Continue reading

Migrante Canada – International Labour Day 2014 Statement


Labour Day symbolizes all the victories of workers against capitalist domination, exploitation and oppression.

In commemoration of International Labour Day on May 1st, we pay tribute to all the workers who marched, fought, and died for the rights and welfare of workers around the world. We also salute all the modern-day heroes, the migrant workers, in Canada and elsewhere. Continue reading

Racism rears its ugly head and migrant workers/immigrant communities take the beating


It would seem that there are many Canadians in BC who are angry, who are speaking loudly against migrant workers, especially Filipino workers, because according to them, these foreign workers are taking their jobs, are being given more hours and better pay, and are essentially being favoured over Canadians by the employers. These angry people call the radio stations, post hateful comments, betray their ignorance of the temporary foreign worker program and the situation of the migrant workers themselves. Continue reading

Migrante BC Workshop on Temporary Foreign Workers



Do you have rights as a TFW? What do you do if your rights are violated? TFWs pay their taxes, contribute to CPP and to EI – are they able to claim these?

Special feature: film showing of “End to Immigration?” — the documentary film on TFWs in Canada

Speaker: Lawyer Rene-John Nicolas, Associate lawyer, Victory Square Law Office
When: Sunday, May 20, 2014, 2 pm-5 pm
Where: 6106 Fraser St. (corner of E 45th Ave.) Vancouver Constituency Office, MLA Mable Elmore
Doors open at 1:30 pm. Light snacks available. Please come and join us!!

It’s Free but space is limited so please contact Marjorie @ 778-386-2858 or Migrante phone 604-879-5850 to reserve your seat!!!

TFWs in McDonald’s Case Highlights Need for Permanent Residency



Vancouver BC – Following reports about alleged violations of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program by a McDonald’s franchise owner in Victoria, a Filipino-Canadian community group today said that instead of bringing workers into Canada on a temporary basis, they should be brought in as permanent residents. Continue reading

New Year’s Letter of Thanks For Your Solidarity Donation


Migrante BC takes this opportunity to wish you a New Year that is kinder, peaceful and abundant for all of us, and more importantly, to say Thank you / Maraming Salamat for entrusting your generous donation to the relief efforts of Sagip Migrante (Migrante Relief), the relief formation of Migrante International and its members overseas, which includes Migrante BC. The support from the ordinary people, Filipinos and non-Filipinos, in British Columbia and the rest of Canada has been overwhelming. Continue reading

Local and International Bayanihan Saved My Family by Amie Dural Maga


by Amie Dural Maga, Sagip Migrante Team New ZealandAmie Dural Maga, Migrante New Zealand with Coni Regalado in Tacloban Leyte.

“Habang nasa bahaConi Regalado  in Tacloban Leyte with Migrante New Zealand.y ng kapitbahay na tinuluyan ko, ang laging laman ng isip ko  noon:Makikita ko pa kaya ang mga anak at apo ko? Pakisabi kay Dennis at sa lahat ng mga kaibigan niyo, maraming salamat sa pag-alala at paghahanap sa amin.” (While I was at my neighbour’s house where I evacuated, there was a constant thought in my mind: Will I ever see my children and grandchildren again? Please tell Dennis and all your friends, thank you so much for thinking about us and searching for us.) — Message from my mother, Ernesta “Nanay Guy” Dural

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Dec 30 Update: Sagip Migrante Report


December 30, 2013

Dear Members,

We hope you had a happy Christmas, despite the tragic and calamitous event that preceded this. We thought it fitting that we send to you our updated Sagip Migrante report before the year ends. The swift, kind, and generous support you gave for the survivors of the Supertyphoon Yolanda is somehow a symbol of hope for the new year’s challenges. Continue reading

Outpouring of Solidarity from BC: $15 K for the Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda


By: Migrante BC (;

Vancouver, BC. — Over 20 organizations in British Columbia hosted the “Day of Solidarity with Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Victims” at the Fraserview Banquet Hall last November 24. At least 200 people came to raise funds that went to three beneficiary organizations: Sagip Migrante, Oxfam, and Global Medic. Continue reading

Migrante calls for permanent residency for TFWs in Tim Hortons case/Dec 15 community rally in Fernie


7 December 2013
Press Release
For more info, please call Jane Ordinario, 604-254-5850 Migrante BC

A local Filipino community group today renewed its call for permanent residency for all temporary foreign workers (TFWs) – in particular for the two TFWs at the centre of an Employment Standards Branch complaint against Tim Hortons. Continue reading

Updates from Sagip Migrante: November 24, 2013


Updates: November 24, 2013 English translation follows the Tagalog text:

Pagbati, mga kasama,
Nais naming magpaabot ng initial at kagyat na update sa ating Sagip Relief activities – mula Nov. 18 hanggang sa kasalukuyan.
Sa kasalukuyan, pabalik na ang centralized relief mission na isinagawa ng multisektoral na umalis noong Nov. 21. Nakasama ang Sagip Migrante doon at nakapagpadala tayo ng 2 Brigada Migrante teams (6 na katao). Ang isang team ay sumama sa Relief Convoy at ang isang team naman natin ay dumerecho ng Tacloban, Leyte. Ito ay pinangunahan n gating MSP chair na si Coni at ang mga kasama mula Migrante New Zealand at Migrante Denmark/Radyo Pinoy. Continue reading

Initial report from Sagip Migrante: November 17


Sagip Migrante

…As you know, the devastation is unimaginable. Media reports have centered on Tacloban but please know that the devastation is so widespread as the supertyphoon cut across the whole Visayas Region and the northeastern part of Palawan. It made landfall 6 times, thus it is no wonder that communities in Samar, Cebu (like Bogo, Medellin and San Remigio) , Negros Occidental (northern part), Iloilo (like Estancia), Capiz, Aklan and Coron in Palawan. Communications and power lines are still down in many parts and news reports say that power lines in the affected provinces of Panay might not have electricity till December. Guian Samar is still isolated and quite inaccessible (transpo fare from Catbalogan is P4000!!!). And currently, there is now a mass exodus from EV- people leaving their communities, their provinces and even the region. Continue reading

Sagip Migrante calls for Donations for Typhoon Victims


The ‘Sagip Migrante Fund Drive’ is a fund-raising effort of Migrante to gather financial support for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Currently, our fund drive is to raise money for the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). According to documented reports, at least 300 people have been confirmed killed and 2,000 people are reported missing from typhoon-battered Samar province. In Leyte, authorities estimates that more than 10,000 were killed by the storm and the death toll in other typhoon-hit areas is rising as well. Continue reading