HELP ME BRING MAKIE HOME

Update posted by Mary Joy Araneta Bautista On Mar 21, 2018

Home Sweet home... we have finally laid him to rest... To everyone may God bless you all!

In behalf of our family we would like to express out utmost gratitude for all the love and support you had given to our family. You let us felt how much you loved us especially to our departed Mark Jayron Araneta Siose... i wanted to thank our relatives, friends, neighbors, Claret high school batch 2001, WMSU BEEd Batch 2005, WMSU Grand Chorale, Barangay officials of Baliwasan and Sto. Nino, Baliwasan Central School Teachers.

Most especially to our local Government officials esp to Mayor Beng Climaco who stood by us from the beginning till the end of this journey. DSWD, OWWA and DFA.

Our National Government esp to the Presidential Management staff, Patrick Gio Lozano DFA National, OWWA National, Philippine embassy officials in Laos, Bangkok, Thailand VC Iris Caranzo and the Fillao Community Nadet Gonzales. Of course all the Good Samaritans who supported us financially and emotionally.

To Alvin Sarawi- who was with Makie during his last breath and for facilitating all his needs to come home to Plein D'amour Jelomerikellyroxan who bravely stood by us who mediated to our Local and National government to bring his body home... and so with Nhat Pham Southivong who dedicated his life and even resigned from his work to attend and be with Makie thru all this journey and who crossed the bridges and be with us here today..

Above all... to our almighty father for being our guide without you father this things will not be possible... once again... Muchisimas Gracias!

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Update posted by Mary Joy Araneta Bautista On Mar 02, 2018

HELP BRING MARK SIOSE HOME #OFWinDistressLaosThailand

Wefillaos·Monday, February 26, 2018

(Vientiane, Laos) Isa si Ginoong Mark Jayron Araneta Siose sa mga volunteer ushers sa pagpupulong ng Filipino Community ng Laos sa Pangulong Rody Duterte nang dumalo ito para sa ASEAN Summit noong Setyembre, 2016. Kasama ng mga organizers ay ilang linggo din nila itong pinaghandaan at sa itinakdang araw, kahit na nga gabi pa ang event, umaga pa lamang ay nasa ballroom na ito at masayang tumulong sa mga final arrangements.

Kasama siya kahit sa panahon pa lamang ng kampanya kaya’t ganoon na lamang ang kanyang galak nang sa wakas makaharap na ng personal at paunlakang maka-selfie pa ang kanyang mga iniidolo. Matapos ang event, hindi matapos tapos ang bidahan at salita ng paghanga ni Mark laluna kay dating senador, ngayo’y Kalihim ng Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Philippines na si Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano dahil napakabait daw nito at mapagpakumbaba. Gaya ng mga kapwa Pilipinong dumalo din sa okasyon mula pa sa ibat ibang probinsiya ng Laos, makaharap lang ang Pangulo, sampu ng delegasyon nito lagi din niyang sinasabi na, “mukhang mas madali silang lapitan at buo ang tiwala kong mas hangad nila ang kapakanan nating mga Overseas Filipino Workers.

Tulad ng karamihan ng mga OFW sa bansang ito, si Mark ay isa ding guro (na karamihan din ay kundi galing sa Visayas region ay taga Mindanao, si Siose ay taga Zamboanga) at ayon sa mga kasamahan, kaibigan at kakilalang nakapanayam ng Wefillaos, bukod sa magaling ay napaka-masayahing tao at napaka matulungin nito.

Subalit sa kasamaang palad, ilang buwan lang matapos ang pagdalaw ng Pangulo ay nagkaroon siya ng blood clot sa ulo at kailangang agad maoperahan. Sa tulong ng mga kaibigan at kasapi ng Filipino Community, nagkaroon ng patak-patak/fund raising upang makatulong sa mga gastusin sa ospital. Rumesponde na rin ang Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Laos at inilapit na ang kaso ni Mark sa kinauukulan. Napag-alaman na may malubha na pala siyang cancer at hindi pa maaaring bumyahe sa eroplano dahil bukas pa ang kanyang bungo. Nadagdagan pa ang mga operasyon nitong 2017 subalit napakabilis din ng paglaki ng kanyang tumor sa utak at sa sobrang agresibo nito ay tuluyan na itong ma comatose bago matapos ang taong 2017. Nitong February 7, 2018 ay diniklara na siyang “clinically dead” na sinundan pa ng “brain dead” subalit nanatiling naka life-support system hanggang sa pagdalaw ng Wefillaos nitong Sabado (Feb 24, 2018) kasama sina Dr. Nadet Gonzales, Pastor Aaron Inventor (na isa ring RN) Jefferson Mercado Montalbo (isa pang RN) Joel Wayne Arconado Ganibe (Patnugot ng Fil-Mekong Media Volunteers Network) ka-gurong si Corynthia Vijandre, si Vice Consul VC Iris Caranzo.

Matagal na ding ipinaabot ng Embahada ng Pilipinas sa Laos ang apela in Mark Siose at ng kanyang pamilya upang matulungan sana ng DFA sa lumobo nang mga bayarin sa ospital at nang maiuwi na sana si Mark sa Pilipinas.

Bilang OFW ay dapat matulungan ng DFA si Mark. Ayon sa Republic Act 8042, “distressed nationals, who are defined as OFWs who have valid medical, psychological, or legal assistance problems requiring treatment, hospitalization and counseling, can avail ATN’s services."

Sa section 24 ng nasabing batas, binuo ang DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs (OUMWA) na siyang “primarily responsible for the provision and over-all coordination of all Assistance to Nationals (ATN) and legal services to all overseas Filipinos in distress and their families through the Foreign Service Posts (Philippine Embassies/Consulates).

Kamakailanlang ay siniguro ng Department of Budget and Management Kalihim Benjamin Diokno na sapat ang pondo at nabanggit pa ang Php 13B contingency fund kung magkulang pa ang itinaas na sa PhP 1B pondong itinaas ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa dating P400 miliion lamang.

Umabot sa aming tanggapan na ang sagot daw diumano mula sa Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Philippines ay “maghanap muna ng iba pang mapagkukunan (Look for other sources)” na sa aming palagay ay nakakagulat at nakakadismaya sa harap ng mga naunang balita tungkol sa ATN. Nanawagan po kami sa kay Kalihim, Alan Peter Cayetano, kay SP Koko Pimentel, Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines), sa mga kapanalig natin sa Senado DU30 News, DU30 Correspondents, Kasama Ng Pangulo sa Pagbabago at maging sa mga kasamahan pa sa media tulad ni Raffy Tulfo in Action, kasamang Dexter Joie Ganibe, Sipatng Bayan, Ellaine Fuentes, Raffy Tima, Henry Uri, at sa social media colleagues naman na sina MJ Quiambao Reyes, Rocky Gonzales, upang maiparating ang aming pakiusap sa Pangulong Duterte ng tulong sana para kay Mark Siose. Nagawa na po ng Filipino Community ang aming magagawang paraan. Sa liit ng aming mga hanay, hindi po mkami nagpapabaya sa mga kasama ngunit sadyang maliit ang aming kapasidad.

PS: Habang isinusulat ito ay nakaabot sa amin na tuluyang nang namayapa si Mark Jayron Araneta Siose dakong 1:45 ng hapong ito. Ipinaabot po namin ang aming buong pusong pakikiramay at dasal na matugunan ng ating mahal na Pangulo ang ating munting paki-usap. Buong tiwala tayong hindi niya nalilimutan ang mga Pilipino sa Laos sapagkat may espesyal na puwang tayo sa kanyang puso.

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Update posted by Mary Joy Araneta Bautista On Mar 02, 2018

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LESSONS FROM TEACHER MARK...

Wefillaos·Thursday, March 1, 2018

Teacher Mark Jayron Araneta Siose's song continues in the digital-verse, though he speaks and sings no more. His voice forever silenced by a brutal hyper-aggressive kind of brain tumor which he bravely battled quietly and as unobtrusively as possible. Not even wanting his own family to be too concerned he never complained or even expressed his pain on his Facebook wall.

Contrary to feeling entitled or ungrateful, His last public post was in fact, full of appreciation and gratitude. He wanted God to bless us all.

Apart from in the hearts and minds of friends and relatives, a short video of him singing on youtube is his only remembrance to the world that he existed. He was kind, he was cheerful, marami siyang natulungan, he was never negative or spiteful or engaged in bad mouthing or idle rumor. He kept his pains to himself. To the very end he tried his best to be cheerful and unobtrusive to everyone. He was very intelligent and generous and was thus, a very good teacher.

https://youtu.be/2bSa3EzHTew

Very productive and proud to be a Filipino. He was also a sole bread winner for his mom, a retired public school teacher,his ailing dad and his only brother who had autism. Of course, he had dreams and aspirations. He wanted to come home and teach in public school like his mom, in service of his people and country. His hopes were high as a Duterte volunteer and he wanted to do his part and share and carry the burden of nation building with his President. He had the capabilities too as can be attested to by colleagues in teaching as well as in the BPO industry.

But these have been cut short and nullified within a year from his first of several operations. He spent his last days in the hospital connected to a life support system. His skull was open and brain tissue was just covered with gauze. He was breathing through a tube. His handsome face still apparent despite the ravages of cancer. He cannot speak. He cannot sing. No one was there to speak for him except his distraught mom and loyal friend.

In Laos, OFWs are given a limit of 2 border crossings into Thailand by land (The Laos-Thai friendship bridge to Nongkhai). Beyond this, one has to pay for a single or multiple entry visa. Friends from the Filipino Community have used up these privileges to come visit him and the Philippine Embassy folks have been very kind and supportive of his appeals for assistance and have been known to draw from their personal funds for simple support such as food allowance and miscellaneous expense of Mark’s “bantay”. Pastors and leaders came to pray with him. Some funds were raised individually and by groups.

Through such intercessions, Mark was able to afford payment for his earlier battles with cancer. We learned that the DFA-ATN has been able to disburse about US$45,000 for the the prior operations from Mark’s personal application. Indeed, under the new administration, the pledge and vow of the President to the FilCom in Laos when he visited during the ASEAN Summit was being fulfilled.

Because of this, Mark had HOPE. In Filipino, the word is PAG-ASA. It is deep. For an OFW, pag-asa is LIFE itself. For we have been used to being ignored and humiliated, from the queues to get an NSO certified BC, to NBI Clearance, passport, to POEA, to that final line after airport check-in IMMIGRATION where your actual departure(esp. for first time international travelers) is made or broken by a god at the counter. Every step of the way including the challenges at work, not to mention the homesickness and occassional depression, pinoys hold on to thin line called “pag-asa”.

The typical OFW is more than patient and brave and determined to work for family. They do not have a dole-out personality. The challenges they overcome just to travel out of their home country is a major evidence or testament even, to this sense of self-determination. To be willfully a stranger in a strange land, to DO SOMETHING, to be “maparaan” (maker of ways), that is an OFW.

To think of him/her as lazy or “DEPENDENT” like a mendicant is vain and ignorant. These are survivors. If possible they would not like to bother their own embassies for matters they can manage on their own. GOVERNMENT to them, is a LAST RESORT.

So when the OFW comes for help to any government agency, we can assure you, s/he has exhausted all the means possible within their capacity. As the extension of their own BAYAN, or motherland, they come humbly to seek KINDNESS, UNDERSTANDING (UNAWA BA) and ASSURANCE (not insurance as people have come to say insensitively) that at the very least, THEIR RIGHTS or RIGHTFUL SHARE to ASSISTANCE, enshrined no less by law, will be given FULLY (as opposed to partially) when all personal resorts have failed.

For Mark, the sole breadwinner, these personal resorts, physically, psychologically, economically--have already failed and he had to swallow the reality of being, finally “WITHOUT MEANS”.

NOW, 21 days after being declared clinically dead, his remains await this KINDNESS and UNDERSTANDING from the KEEPERS OF THE FUND set aside specifically for OFWS like him. THERE IS NO PREJUDICE against fellow OFWs in DISTRESS. Like the real, typical OFW--THERE NEVER WAS a wish to have to be at the receiving end of MERCY rather than being the one ALIVE and ABLE to extend help instead.

We continue to pray, appeal, for UNAWA, and even AWA, that access to FULL APPLICATION and extension of the right to, WITHOUT PREJUDICE to the rest of his kapwa OFWS in DISTRESS, assistance such that this national can come home as soon as possible.

We thank the Filipino Community in Laos for coming together, despite their own struggles as well, in demonstration of the Filipino value “DAMAYAN”. Let others call us ambitious and naive for keeping the faith that yes, all the apparatus of government is mobilizing to afford EVERY FILIPINO, the full meaning and expression of PAG-ASA!!!

Sigaw namin lahat: MABUHAY ANG PILIPINAS!!!! MABUHAY ANG FILIPINO!!! MABUHAY ANG OFW!!! MABUHAY ANG Department of Foreign Affairs Republic of the Philippines!!!! At sa bansang kumupkop sa amin, MABUHAY ANG LAOS!

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