Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Taste of Victory

Congratulations teachers! We just won a taste of victory!

From $310 per individual per month, we were able to force the greedy Lourdes Navarro of Universal Placement to lower our rent to $275. From $1800 to $2000 per individual, we were able to force the gluttonous Lourdes Navarro of Universal Placement to lower the renewal fee to $1000.

Now here are questions for us to answer: Do you think she did these out of the goodness of her heart? Do you really think that this monster had undergone a real change in her outlook in life and decided to treat all of us fairly and humanely? Do you think that she would have done this without us exposing her abuses in this blog? Do you think she would have done this without the force of our voices?

With her notorious track-record of exploiting us, of treating us as slaves, in violating and getting around laws, both of the state of California and the Philippines, the sad answer to those questions above is a resounding NO!

No, she did those because of our united front of challenging her through our blog! She did those to calm down the anger that is being released in your comments and rejoinders in this blog! She did these out of trying to save her skin. She thinks that if she lowers those rates then we will treat her like a hero, a savior sent from heaven above.

Lourdes Navarro, we are not dumb! We are teachers, remember? Here is the simple math. For Savoy South: $275 x 4 people per unit = $1100 per unit, real rate = $800 per unit. For Savoy North: $310 x 4 people per unit = $1240 per unit, real rate = $940 per unit. Lulu, as swapang as she is, still earns AT LEAST $300 per unit per month. So let’s say there are only 40 units: $300 per unit x 40 units, that is $12,000 per month!

Gentle ladies and gentle men, Lourdes Navarro is cheating on us with at least $12,000 per month! She is forcing us to live in an old decrepit apartment at a higher rate while she continues to gather the fruits of our labor. We checked out other apartments in the area and at $1100 or $1240 a month, the Savoy units we are now occupying looks like an old worn out doormat.

Further immigration lawyers are now even entertaining $600 per person as we are a big group.

Fellow teachers, see what we can achieve by voicing out our common concerns and demands. We just made the oppressor blink and back track from her unfair and oppressive policies. See how in a simple concerted action, by simply exposing her wickedness, we can make the oppressor stop and think before unleashing more of her monstrosities.

What is clear now is that Navarro is simply trying to pretend that she understands our plight, that her heart bleeds for us. But what is obvious is that she did these as a smoke screen to the real issues – which is her violation of our contract, her violation of a Philippine Law (R.A. 8042), her overcharges, her threats and intimidation, her illegal and suspicious opening of our SSN documents, her forcing us to lease an apartment of her choice. She thinks that we will stop our call for justice and forget our demand for fairness once she gives us loose change.

Let us not be blinded by the real issues here, fellow teachers. The fight for real justice goes on! Let us remain courageous and united as we are confident of the victory of good over evil.

Again, congratulations to all of us teachers! May this development not dampen our resolve to seek justice but rather strengthen our commitment to truth and fairness.

Mabuhay ang gurong Pilipino!


Concerned Filipino Migrant Teachers
Louisiana, USA


P.S. To all teachers please do not fall for Navarro’s threats of silencing this blog. We are not afraid of her threats to sue us. On the contrary, Navarro’s actions make our determination even stronger. What we are doing here is an exercise of our right to free expression – a right that is protected under the Constitution of this country. Remember, what we are doing here is simply voicing out our experiences. It is clear that this blog did not just exist to malign somebody but to share our factual experiences. If they think what we are saying here is false, then all they have to do is answer them in this blog or in another blog. But clearly truth-telling is not one of their virtues and the only way they can respond is threaten us with their cash and lawsuit.

32 comments:

  1. YOU FILIPINO TEACHERS ARE EVEN DUMBER...
    WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU GUYS DOING IN MY COUNTRY??
    YOU FILIPNO TEACHERS ARE DUMB...

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  2. Your comment is dumb. You cant even give a good argument. Regarding your dumb question, here is a somple answer: Because your country hired us. That's why.

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  3. aba, aba, nakisali pa ang mokong na to. may padumber dumber ka pa. bakit sayo ba talaga ang country na to? sus, kung magsalita, parang kung ano nagawa mo sa "country mo". ulol! sige nga ikaw nga ang maglagay ng teachers dito. tingnan natin kaya mo ba o kaya nyo ba. ni hindi nga niyo kaya mag-intindi sa sinaabi ko eh. tanga.

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  4. sulong mga pinoy!!!
    hindi tayo titigil hanggang mangyari na kay lulu ang kung anong para sa kanya.

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  5. Navarro was a total bullshit! i saw her wailing with tears and runny nose. ha!!! she thought she could fool me. maybe she could fool you, guys, but not me.
    she's now like a featherless chicken and she's already shivering in terrible fear because she knows she's going to jail. hahaha!
    and that susan of savoy? she just made sure she covered her own ass so she let the filipinos sign some stupid papers. and a number of stupid filipino teachers indeed signed. grrrrrrrr...it's unbelievable they still let lulu feather her nest through their money!

    and lulu, don't fool me with your discounted offers. i want my 2nd placement fee back, my 10% in the 2nd year cancelled, my universal contract void, and you BEHIND BARS (again). good luck.
    - leech-free

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  6. Calling the Filipinos dumber? LET US SEE, WHO IS DUMB AT THE END!!!!!MR ANONYMOUS (NOV. 16)

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  7. Just a rejoinder to my comment..... THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE between those with education and those who don't have. IT MAKES A LOT OF DIFFERENCE! Why were there slaves before?..... Isn't it because of the absence of education.....and that makes sense.....When we come to your place....We have our degrees and education. And hehehheheheh, as you said......WE ARE NOT DUMB! We do not allow things to happen!
    TEACHERS.....REMEMBER....THINGS HAPPEN IF WE ALLOW THEM TO HAPPEN! THE BALL IN IS OUR HANDS...LET US SET A GOOD TEAM PLAY..... As the wonder pets would say....WHAT'S GONNA WORK?... T_ _ MWORK! ALL THE BEST!

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  8. Sick-and-Tired-TeacherNovember 16, 2008 at 9:00 AM

    Leech-Free, I salute you for standing your ground. I did not attend the meeting but i would have done the same -- ignore her fake tears and pursue our action. Teachers, don't be fooled again by Lulu. She does not care about us. She cares about her bank account.

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  9. idedemanda daw nya ang google? hahahahaha. tanga. lulu, tanga ka. hindi ako makapaniwala. ano ka? daig mo pa si pamela anderson sa influence na pati google idemanda mo? wag kang burara. ure making urself a laughing stock.

    teachers, wala na kasi syang ibang masabi kaya kung ano ano na just to save her face. this blog is untraceable. kaya nga tinawag na blog. it's a free wall. it's an ocean of expressions. and how can she cmplain when everything written about her is plainly true. she's a money-sucker bitch, she's evil, she's greedy, she is an ex-convict, and she will be convicted again. --- over-ma

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  10. Do they think we can easily be bought or threatened? The basic issue here is the agency's overcharging of placement fees and its owner's intimidation tactics that are meant to exploit us to the fullest.

    Mabuhay ang blog na ito. Ipagpatuloy ang laban!

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  11. sulong........ra!ra!ra!

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  12. Common teachers.Most of you, if not all, are already lining up for renewal to Lulu. Your all educated but are afraid. Afraid to take risks. Ask yourselves. Who among you is not renewing thru her? You are weak.

    Prove yourselves. Be like Bonifacio.

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  13. Just be wise...all she did in that meeting were pretentions. Beware, she may have another wicked plan. She is implying that those who are going against her are not going to be renewed. How dare you say that Lourdes Navarro. Please be scared of God!

    Remember Lulu, when God demands from you, it may cost not only your wealth but your whole life and even life after death. Be fearful Lulu that you will not be thrown into the darkness, where all you hear is the grinding of teeth.

    You are creating a mortal sin for your family tree... too big to be forgiven cause you have made thousands of souls to suffer. If the Lord will let you pay... watch out!!!

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  14. naku, sanay kasi si lulu sa pananakot... lahat ng Ps...

    Panloloko
    Pananakot
    Pananakit
    Pagpepera
    Pagkukunwari
    Pagdadrama

    ... sige nga sino pa ang makapagdagdag..

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  15. a concerned citizen-sbNovember 18, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    remember, only your employer can hire or fire an employee not the whachamacallit "agent". You need to be ever ready to record the conversation, be with a witness and the date and time and place where the conversation happened.
    Louisiana law allows recording of conversation without the other party knowing. And, you need to be a party of the conversation.

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  16. Maraming salamat sa mga pagpapaliwanag at pagpapalakas ng loob sb! Mabuhay ka!

    Legal battle is indeed one crucial and vital initiative that teachers need to take. All the ingredients to legally win this case is within our reach. Of course we cannot devulge in any way not even a hint as to how far individual as well as collective efforts have taken off but this is one thing for sure...the teachers will not have an F on this test.

    So for those teachers who still chose to take the back seats, or too scared to be involved, NOW is the time. Stand up and be proud for we are all be making history! a battle against evil is to be fought and won! the journey to our dreams and aspirations is to be undertaken!

    what else is to be done? u know whom to ask...

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  17. dapat talaga makulong si Lulu
    i think she is not only doing it to
    teachers in EBR
    i know she is doing it to all teachers
    here in the US na dumaan sa kanya
    Lulu should look around her family
    Lulu aren't you aware of all the
    misfortunes that are hapening in your family?
    that's all because of what you are doing
    it is called KARMA
    as long as there are good people that you continue on abusing, misfortunes will haunt your family, and it may never stop
    with all these evil (super) things that you are doing to the teachers you will surely go to hell
    that's for sure
    and how would I know?
    it's because you perfectly match the definition
    of a devil in the Bible "you adore MONEY"
    you think money is everything
    aren't you shy? those money are not even yours
    they came from the over charge that you keep on asking until now from the Filipino Teachers
    Lulu surely you will have a big welcome party in hell, after all you are satan's best daughter you must be so proud of it! GO LULU! GO TO HELL!
    P.S satan might think you are heaven's spy in hell you have the sweetest name to be satan's "best daughter"

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  18. We are all celebrating our victory against Lulu, but how about those 15 teachers who are not retained, what help can we do to them, bec according to what I've heard they are threathened by Lulu again.....one thing more they are instructed to make comments in favor of her in this blog..........as I have noticed they are really so scared to talk even what they discussed during the closed dooor meeting with Lulu....

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  19. At the onset the 15 teachers must stand for their rights...

    We can not help those who are not willing to help themselves. Our group started as intimidated teachers just like the others but we drew strength from each other.

    to the 15 teachers, the only thing you need to do is come forward and join the force. Feel us, we are just near and we are trying to reach out.

    as thinking professionals, please be more critical and as concientious filipino teachers please dont let anybody in any way hurt you, your dignity, your pride. and dont let anyone intimidate you and fool you over and over and over again.

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  20. Shouldn't your contracts be with the school system and not the agency? How can she threaten non-renewal of contracts when she is not your employer?

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  21. Fighters on the go!November 24, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    DO YOU HEAR THE LATEST?

    Pinoy teachers in US use blog to air grievances vs recruiter
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    abs-cbnNEWS.com | 11/24/2008 8:37 PM
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    A group of Filipino migrant teachers in the US have started to use a blog to express their various grievances against their recruiter.
    “We gave all that we could, so we can start building a dream for ourselves and our families. We discovered however that the beautiful pictures that were painted in our imagination are not as what they seem to be. Now we discovered that the Recruitment and Placement Agency who we entrusted with our dreams is not acting with the best, or in fact not even a fraction, of our interests in mind,” stated the group called Concerned Filipino migrant teachers of Louisiana.
    In their blog called the Pinoy Teachers Hub, the teachers accused their recruitment agency, PARS International Placement Agency and the US-based Universal Placement International, Los Angeles, California of violating their contract, overcharging, issuing threats and intimidation, providing them with poor living quarters and illegal and suspicious opening of their US Social Security Numbers.
    In a press statement by labor group Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), it was learned that the two agencies are allegedly owned and operated by one family with a certain Lourdes Navarro as the owner of Universal, while Emilio Villarba is the agent of PARS.
    An employee of the agency in Manila said Mr. Villarba is out of the office when abs-cbnNEWS.com tried to contact him for comments.
    PM said that at least 200 teachers were placed through the agency and deployed in five different school districts in Louisiana but the bulk of them are in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. They were issued a 1-year working visa (H1B) instead of the usual 3-year H1B visa.
    “The fees and charges were not even clear to us as the agency seems to invent new ways to empty our pockets every week. Many of us were not even able to read and study our contracts with the agency as we only received a copy of it on the eve of our flight,” stated the teachers’ group in an open letter to all Filipino migrant teachers.
    The agency allegedly overcharged them of placement fees and made premature collections which violates Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995.
    “Our contract stipulates that 10% of our monthly gross income for two years shall be paid to the agency. In reality however we were made to pay in advance 20% of our “expected” gross income for one year. To add insult to injury the ‘expected’ gross income is bloated so as to make us pay the maximum advance payment,” said the group.
    Steep borrowing rates
    They alleged that some of them have also been cornered by the agency into borrowing from its partner lending agency that charges excessive interest rates.
    “The agency is charging us illegally with steep placement fees, then turns around and refers us to its partner lending agency to charge us once again with exorbitant interest rates,” they said.
    While working in the US, teachers are cramped into what they described as “dilapidated apartment units” but are being overcharged with the rent.
    “While the published rent of a unit is only around $800 a month, we are all charged $310 each with each apartment unit housing 4 individuals and at times up to 8,” said the group.
    Dismayed by being treated as ‘modern slaves’, the group asserts their right to a clean and safe dwelling, chosen by them.
    “The agency however decided to simply disregard these rights and make money in the process,” they said.
    They mentioned that the agency and its owner have resorted to threats and intimidation to prevent them from speaking out about their condition. They were also discouraged from connecting with other Filipino groups otherwise “our contracts will not be renewed.”
    Other jobs
    Furthermore, some teachers who are still without school assignments had to attend job fairs for placement.
    “They were duped into believing that a job is waiting for them here for how else can they be issued working visas. For the meantime, interest payments for their debts pile up every day,” they stated.
    A PM liaison officer in the US said that in Baton Rouge alone there are at least six teachers who arrived and went without work for more than a month, and at least one teacher is up to now unemployed.
    The liaison officer said that it is a common practice of the agency to transfer teachers assigned to a specific school to another school in a different district.
    Teachers are forced to agree to the transfer than to wait indefinitely for a placement despite the fact that it is illegal since the specific school district assignment is indicated on the teachers' visa, PM said in its statement.
    “In one specific instance, 7 teachers from the East Baton Rouge school district were transferred to the Avoyelles school district where salary levels are much lower,” PM said.

    The teachers also assert that the agency, without any authorization, unlawfully opened their US social security numbers.
    Meanwhile, an initial victory was claimed by the teachers. From $310 per individual per month rent payment, they were able to force Navarro to lower the rent to $275. They were also able to lower renewal fee to $1000 from $1800 to $2000 per individual.
    However, the small victory will not stop the group from pursuing their campaign to extract justice.

    “The fight for real justice goes on! Let us remain courageous and united as we are confident of the victory of good over evil,” they said. -- by MARIA ALETA NIEVA, abs-cbnNEWS.com
    as of 11/24/2008 8:43 PM

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  22. law of gravity: what goes up must come down.

    in filipino: matalino man ang matsing, mapaglalamangan din!

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  23. concerned citizen --sbNovember 25, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    The problem is, Louisiana is an employer-at-will state, i.e., any employee can be terminated any time with or without due cause. I do not know if it applies to public schools.

    Membership to a teachers' union will be useful since they can access union lawyer and seek any legal help.

    It is in the Louisiana code that an employment agency can not influence the hiring or firing of an employee.

    If somehow anyone of these 15 teachers are allegedly coerced by the employment agent then it is a violation of the code. I urge these teachers to contact the police or the Department of Labor to file complaints.

    I do not understand why this employment agent keep contacting the teachers. To seek influence favorable to the agent from the client is not allowed by the code.

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  24. The 15 teachers were actually made to sign some documents protecting the interest of the agency..... and this 15 readily agreed and signed because they don't want to lose their jobs.... Teachers, aren't you qualified that you are so scared of standing for your rights? Some of you used to say a lot of bad things about Lulu... where is it now? See no evil.... Hear no evil.....

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  25. concerned citizen, really --sbDecember 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    to kumag,

    Please verify your story before spilling it here.
    Are you the first hand witness to this? These teachers were under threat of losing their jobs.
    There is no official statement coming from EBR.
    Is there? Expectedly, the "agent" knew the inside scoop already. The principals were not even aware of this. Am I wrong here? The involved teachers were told not to talk to anybody. Let us wait and see.

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  26. I have been reading this blog for the past days. I am one of the teachers being deployed to the US by the Universal Placement and the Pars Placement. Yes, it is true that the first few years are extremely challenging but I will become smooth in years to come.
    We, teachers have arrived in the US with H1-B visa, meaning our stay is only temporary unless we will be petitioned by our employer to live and work permanently. We might lose our job any moment (I hope not). No one is ever sure who will have his job tomorrow. Some brag that we are competent teachers that the school districts will not give us up. Very funny and assuming!!! I thought it was rather a boast in its greatest sense. We are not citizens of the United States. We are petitioned only to fill in the gap on teacher shortage. Now that recession has been gobbling the country, many citizens have been interested in the job. I have a lot of friends employed in teaching and non-teaching jobs who are also in the brink of losing their jobs. Remember guys, that frugality is the name of the game in the US nowadays. Also remember, the doctrine FIRST-IN -FIRST OUT. It is already happening in California.
    Guys, it is good to have Filipino values and maintain them. However, such values might not work here in the US. We are here to solve employers’ problems and not the other way around. I thought it would be good to view the situations with a positive and hopeful perspective. Let us face our situation with grace and with a marked degree of professionalism. People who live in gossip, complaints and animosity will not see the beauty of life being intertwined with challenges. People want instant comfort. That might not happen here in an instant. It takes a great deal of perseverance and positive outlook in life. Many Filipino in the US started with a lot worse situation than we have now. Years of perseverance and patience, they reaped their success in the end.
    I remember the times when we lined up in the Philippines for interview for US teaching jobs. We were extremely nice. We signed the contract calmly. We knew it would cost us something. We knew what we would have to do the following year. Now, that the contract is in its execution, many of us are revolting. Why did we sign the contract in the first place? I assume that the contract is not the reason for your revolt; it is rather your loan in the Philippines and your personal obligation to your family. Do not attribute your financial difficulty to Universal Placement. Your financial difficulty is a product of your own decision. You did whatever had to be done. There are consequences in your own action.
    I am sure if it the agency were owned by Americans, we will not react the same way we react now. Because the agency is owned by a former Filipino citizen, you thought that Filipino values including an act of charity and benevolence should be in the picture. Business is business. I hope we know that. Contract is contract. It is a mutual agreement.
    I am very thankful to Lulu Navarro. I arrived in the US without a family and friends to start with. She found me a place to stay. It is not her job to look for housing but she did it because she knows that it is hard for us to find a place and have access to transportation initially. She is not a housing agency but she is going out of her way for us to continue with our life. It is challenging yes. Please forget about instant comfort as we are in an entirely new environment.
    Whether or not housing is good, what matters is we are housed. It is a lot better than looking for apartments or houses ourselves. I am sure we cannot find one as we did not have our SS number and credit history to start with. Did we have money to pay upfront for deposits and similar charges? Lulu did this for all of us. Some people are just inherently negative. All they want is to take and take and not give or share. Let us learn to be appreciative too.
    On the other hand, it is a fact that a number of us borrowed money from the financing agency in order to fly here. However, it is our choice to borrow. Never were we forced to borrow money from these financial institutions. It might have been suggested or recommended but it was never ever forced. I am in the same situation so I also experienced the same. All agencies in the Philippines have partnership with these financing institutions. I assume that the interests are big as they are loans without collateral.
    I just hope that our employers will not get tired of our drama. It is our personal drama and I do not see any reason why employers have to be included in the casting of our own drama. Employers do not want dramas. We solve their dramas. I am not surprised when our employer will get rid of us because of dramas. Now, will you still boast that you are competent teachers and that you are teachers to die for? I doubt it. I hope that we will not be labeled as drama queens and drama king because of our own action. I hope not. The worst scenario to happen is losing our job, the domino effect is more terrible than you imagine. Think about your own actions guys. I suggest that you just work and impress your employer within your job description. Do not include them in your drama. We are Filipinos and our employers are not. Chances of cultural differences and misunderstanding are at a certain degree. Filipinos have their own thinking so do foreigners. I hope you will not lose your job and your family will suffer very badly as a result. This is my opinion. Thank you very much.

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  27. I have been reading this blog for the past days. I am one of the teachers being deployed to the US by the Universal Placement and the Pars Placement.
    >> Being deployed? Is it still occurring? <<

    Yes, it is true that the first few years are extremely challenging but I will become smooth in years to come.
    We, teachers have arrived in the US with H1-B visa, meaning our stay is only temporary unless we will be petitioned by our employer to live and work permanently. We might lose our job any moment (I hope not). No one is ever sure who will have his job tomorrow.
    >> True. Even citizens are also affected by this crisis.>>

    Some brag that we are competent teachers that the school districts will not give us up. Very funny and assuming!!! I thought it was rather a boast in its greatest sense. We are not citizens of the United States. We are petitioned only to fill in the gap on teacher shortage. Now that recession has been gobbling the country, many citizens have been interested in the job.
    >>It is your opinion.>>

    I have a lot of friends employed in teaching and non-teaching jobs who are also in the brink of losing their jobs. Remember guys, that frugality is the name of the game in the US nowadays. Also remember, the doctrine FIRST-IN -FIRST OUT. It is already happening in California.
    >> I do not know what you mean by this, FIFO. There is also LIFO (last in first out). These concepts are used in merchandise.>>

    Guys, it is good to have Filipino values and maintain them. However, such values might not work here in the US. We are here to solve employers’ problems and not the other way around. I thought it would be good to view the situations with a positive and hopeful perspective. Let us face our situation with grace and with a marked degree of professionalism.
    >> You are hired to teach and not to solve employer’s problems. Those are not your concerns and are done on a different level.>>

    People who live in gossip, complaints and animosity will not see the beauty of life being intertwined with challenges. People want instant comfort. That might not happen here in an instant.
    >> I think you are wrong here. You deal with generalities without supporting these with facts. The people I met can not move about their
    personal business without the ‘prying’ eyes of the ‘tsutsu’. They just want their freedom to associate, meet or do anything. I have first hand information how the recruiter treated some teachers. For example, remember the incident that occurred in the orientation of the new teachers few months ago. They were witnesses.>>

    It takes a great deal of perseverance and positive outlook in life. Many Filipino in the US started with a lot worse situation than we have now. Years of perseverance and patience, they reaped their success in the end.

    >> I have sisters who dealt with employment agencies before. They did not pay a single dime. Sorry, I did not experience this and did not go through an agency.>>

    I remember the times when we lined up in the Philippines for interview for US teaching jobs. We were extremely nice. We signed the contract calmly. We knew it would cost us something.

    >> Was this the first time you signed a contract? Where did you sign the contract? Was there a third-party witness present when you signed this contract?

    Did you initialed each page? Was the contract notarized after you signed it?
    Did you ask if this was an “approved” contract? There are so many questions to be asked.>>

    We knew what we would have to do the following year. Now, that the contract is in its execution, many of us are revolting.

    >> If you have read my blog regarding the legalities involved in contracts then you would have an understanding why others are revolting. There is no need to elaborate here the concept since you only want to read what you want to read. Employment agencies under the law can only charge a fee of up to month’s salary- whether upfront payment or by installment. What language can’t you understand here?>>

    Why did we sign the contract in the first place? I assume that the contract is not the reason for your revolt; it is rather your loan in the Philippines and your personal obligation to your family.
    >>Your assumption is wrong. The reason is to recoup what is not supposed to be paid and to pay partially for the loan in the Philippines. Another reason is to stop this agency from doing business in the Philippines and the U.S.>>

    Do not attribute your financial difficulty to Universal Placement. Your financial difficulty is a product of your own decision. You did whatever had to be done. There are consequences in your own action.

    >> Of course, this is of personal responsibility. And now, it is being corrected
    by questioning the practices of the employment agency.>>

    I am sure if it the agency were owned by Americans, we will not react the same way we react now. Because the agency is owned by a former Filipino citizen, you thought that Filipino values including an act of charity and benevolence should be in the picture.
    >> Sorry. Your assumption is wrong again. Americans or not, the employment agencies are subject to US laws. Please go back what this person had done in the past. She was involved in Medi-Cal scam in the state of California. There is no need to elaborate here. Please read the other blogs not the ones you only want to read.>>

    Business is business. I hope we know that. Contract is contract. It is a mutual agreement.

    >>I agree totally. The business is also under the laws of the U.S. and laws have to be followed. No business is above the law. Once again, you failed to include this very important concept in your argument. Please read the blog about contracts so will know certain aspects about contracts. Contracts are also governed by Civil codes under the state of California laws.>>

    I am very thankful to Lulu Navarro. I arrived in the US without a family and friends to start with. She found me a place to stay. It is not her job to look for housing but she did it because she knows that it is hard for us to find a place and have access to transportation initially. She is not a housing agency but she is going out of her way for us to continue with our life.
    >> There is no such thing as free lunch. Your response is elementary as if you are very innocent of what happened regarding the rentals snafu. Some teachers did not have a choice but to accept and live in the apartment complex. You paid rent which is above the published rate and your beloved Lulu got a total of $12,000 a month just to refer you and others to that apartment compound.
    And you are thankful.>>

    It is challenging yes. Please forget about instant comfort as we are in an entirely new environment.
    Whether or not housing is good, what matters is we are housed. It is a lot better than looking for apartments or houses ourselves. I am sure we cannot find one as we did not have our SS number and credit history to start with. Did we have money to pay upfront for deposits and similar charges? Lulu did this for all of us.

    >>I got an apartment when I got here and did not have a SS. I did this all by myself. Do you think Lulu will do this for free?

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  28. gala gala muna tayo ayaw magpost eh. busy c duty jury.

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  29. GO PINOY!!! LABANAN ANG MGA GAGONG MANLOLOKO AT MGA MAPAGSAMANTALA!!! WAG TUMAHIMIK!!! GO AND SPEAD OUT FOR GOOD!!! FOR THOSE PULITIKOS NG PILIPINAS JAN SA AMERIKA!!! GUMAWA NAMAN KAYO NG PARAAN NYO !!! HELP THOSE FILIPINO WORKERS!!!! WAG KAYO NATATAPALAN SA MATA NI "WASHINGTON!!!! NGEK!NGEK NYO, MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO SA KAPWA NYO... PINOY PA DIN NAGPAPASUELDO SENYO JAN!!! WAG KAYONG MANHID!!!

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  30. those flipino Politician"!!!! help filipino in BATON rouge!!!! assist them and dont be setting pretty in your aircondition room ang movable luxury chair!!!! pinoy pa din nagpapasueldo senyo!!! mahiya naman kayo!!! wag kayo manhid mga CONSUL!!!magkaron naman kayo ng SILBI" !!!

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